As I tell my students, I'm primarily interested in words, word bits, and word meanings. I use psycholinguistic methods to gain insight into the makeup of our lexicon and the entries in our lexicon, as well as how we process morphemes and their associated meanings. I'm particularly interested in Semitic morphology.
In addition to my interests in lexical access, morphology, and lexical semantics, I have broad, related interests in first language development, bilingualism, and language disorders.
My dissertation examines whether differing levels of experience affects how people from different language backgrounds can learn root-and-pattern morphology—does speaking Arabic or Maltese help?