I am currently a research fellow in Psycholinguistics at the Phonetics Lab at the Institute of Estonian and General Linguistics of the University of Tartu, Estonia, working with Pärtel Lippus on a project on the processing of spontaneous speech in Estonian, and in particular on how morphology influences this process.
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 case-inflected nouns in their native language. The research was conducted under the supervision of Juhani Järvikivi and Harald Baayen at the Department of Linguistics of the University of Alberta.
Our findings suggest word-specific knowledge, such as how often a particular word form occurs in a language or how large is its inflectional paradigm, is available early on in mental lexicon. This challenges a purely morpheme-based decompositional approach to language processing, often proposed in particular for languages as morphologically rich as Estonian.
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