I'm a first year graduate student in the Linguistics department at the University of Maryland, College Park where I'm also part of the Language Science Center. I'm interested in the mental representation of meaning and the relationship between semantics and cognition. Currently, I'm working on a project with Jeff Lidz and Paul Pietroski aimed at teasing apart whether quantifiers like every have first- or second-order representations using experimental tasks and psychophysical modeling. I'm also working with Alexander Williams and Jeff Lidz on a project exploring what children's event perception can tell us about syntactic bootstrapping.

Before coming to UMD, I studied Cognitive Science at Johns Hopkins University. During my time as an undergrad (and for some time after) I was fortunate enough to work closely with Justin Halberda on a number of projects, many of which were related to the Approximate Number System and its interface with language. I also had the opportunity to work with Akira Omaki on a project investigating the relationship between working memory and parsing.


Knowlton, T and Omaki, A. (2016) The Parser's Dilemma: Memory vs. Grammatical Constraints in Sentence Processing. PURA poster session, Johns Hopkins. [PDF]