I’m a fifth-year PhD student at the Department of Linguistics at the University of Maryland, College Park, advised by Jeff Lidz and Ellen Lau. I’m interested in first language acquisition of syntax and semantics, and the development of sentence processing.

I’m currently working on projects on the acquisition of modality with Valentine Hacquard and Ailis Cournane, processing of filler-gap dependencies at 20 months-old with Laurel Perkins, verb learning at 18 months-old with Tyler Knowlton, and grammatical knowledge of island constraints at 24, 30 and 36 months-old.


mhirzel at terpmail.umd.edu