Sarah Brogden Payne

sɛɹə bɹɒgdɪn pɛjn (she/her)

Hi! I'm an incoming PhD student in Linguistics at Stony Brook University, working with Dr. Jordan Kodner and Dr. Jeff Heinz. I am also an IACS and NSF GRFP fellow. My interests are broadly in language acquisition, especially morphological acquisition, and my goal is to develop algorithmic accounts of how children learn their native language. I am also passionate about increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in academia.

I received my B.A. in Linguistics and Computer Science with a minor in Cognitive Science from the University of Pennsylvania in May 2022. At Penn, I worked primarily with Dr. Charles Yang; you can find my bachelor's thesis, When Collisions are a Good Thing: the Acquisition of Morphological Marking, here. I was also the 2021 chair of Penn's Abuse and Sexual Assault Prevention Group, and represented survivors of sexual violence on Penn's University Council.

I'm originally from Bloomington, Indiana, but also grew up in England, mainly in Suffolk. My phonology is a mess as a result!