Samantha Wray
Post-doctoral Researcher, NYUAD

I am a postdoctoral researcher in Abu Dhabi. My research addresses issues of language perception for languages with nonconcatenative morphology, particularly for under-researched colloquial variants of Arabic. Before joining the NELLab, I received my Ph.D. in Linguistics and M.Sc. in Human Language Technology from the University of Arizona. My Ph.D. dissertation focused on the role of morphological frequency and productivity in spoken word recognition in Jordanian Arabic.

I also work on creation and improvement of computational resources that make experimental linguistics possible through corpus building and lexicography. My work includes automatic classification of Arabic text, specifically at a sub-dialectal level, and work on text and speech corpora utilizing crowd sourcing.