About me

I am a second year PhD student in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Colorado Boulder, working with Dr. Mans Hulden.

My research aims to answer questions about linguistic structure with computational methods. Those questions often come from the domains of morphology and typology. In my first qualifying paper I worked on modeling typological features with machine learning methods.
I am also interested in computational semantics, especially distributional semantics.

Education

BA in Linguistics

2013 - 2016
University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

BA in Beta-Gamma (Interdisciplinary Studies)

2011 - 2016
University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

Academic experience

Research Assistant

Jun 2018 - Present
University of Colorado Boulder

Learning embeddings for ontology elements with neural networks (for Dr. Martha Palmer).


Visiting Student

Sep 2016 - Jan 2017
Higher School of Economics (Moscow, Russia)

Research Intern

Sep 2015 - Dec 2015
Meertens Instituut (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

The Meertens Institute is a research institute for Dutch language and culture within the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). The “Language & Number” project studied numbers cross-linguistically and aimed to develop a typological database of numeral constructions. My research involved building a pipeline for automatic extraction of these constructions, using techniques from computational linguistics/NLP.

Part of this research was presented (together with Lisa Bylinina) at the Dialogue Conference in Moscow (1-4 June, 2016): “Building an automated pipeline for typological research: a case study.”

Teaching experience

Teaching Assistant

2017 - Present
University of Colorado Boulder
  • LING 1020: Languages of the World [Fall 2018]
  • LING/CLAS 1010: The Study of Words [Spring 2018]
  • LING 1000: Language in US Society [Fall 2017]

Industry experience

Linguist

2017
Lionbridge (Contract)

Web Mining Assistant

2015 - 2017
Textkernel (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Junior Ruby on Rails Developer

2013 - 2015
Space Babies (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)