My research comes in two parts:
On one side, I’m a fieldworker; my goal is to combine documentary methods with a strong theoretical grounding. I work primarily in various parts of Africa; at present my research is on the Khoekhoe language of Namibia.
On the other side, I do theoretical work on the syntax-phonology interface. My primary interests here include: What is the nature of the linearization algorithm? Does prosody play a role in linearization? How much syntactic information does the sentence phonology have access to?
Additionally, I’ve been lucky to collaborate with my colleagues on various issues in North American languages, including the morphosyntax of agreement in Ojibwe and the phonology of reduplication in Koasati.
My dissertation, titled Optimal Linearization: Prosodic displacement in Khoekhoegowab and beyond, looks at cases where the way that words are pronounced seems to influence what order they’re allowed to come in.
PhD in Linguistics, 2020
BA in Linguistics, 2011
Thanks to Chris Collins for inviting me to give a guest lecture in his Khoisan Languages seminar at NYU.
Thanks to Chris Collins, WooJin Chung, and Haoze Li for inviting me to present at the Syntax Brown Bag! This was my first time presenting any of my Khoekhoe work and I really appreciated the feedback.
In the fall of 2017 I was hired as an adjunct professor at the University of Albany, where I taught a mixed-medium online / offline version of LING 321: Introduction to Syntax.
In recent semesters at UMass, I’ve taught the following classes: