I am currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for Comparative Psycholinguistics at the Department of Linguistics of the University of Alberta, working with Juhani Järvikivi and in collaboration with Gary Libben as well as Anja Arnhold and Benjamin V. Tucker on projects on the processing of complex words and on the reduction of referring expressions in spontaneous spoken dialogue. The position is funded by the Words in the World SSHRC Partnered Research Training Initiative.
My PhD dissertation combined large-scale item designs, behavioural methods, and eye tracking as well as advanced statistics to investigate how adult native speakers of Estonian from a wide age range comprehend and produce morphologically complex words. The research was conducted under the supervision of Juhani Järvikivi and Harald Baayen.
I am also collaborating with Pärtel Lippus and Nele Põldver on an Estonian sentence reading study, looking at how word-level ambiguity is resolved on the sentence level and with Aki-Juhani Kyröläinen on a pupillometry study looking at concreteness of Estonian adjectives. In addition, I have been involved in a machine learning project with Sowmya Vajjala, in collaboration with Pille Eslon implementing a proficiency level classifier for Estonian as a second language.
PhD in Linguistics, 2018
University of Alberta, Canada
MA in Computational Linguistics, 2013
University of Tübingen, Germany
BA in Estonian and Finno-Ugric Linguistics, 2010
University of Tartu, Estonia