I am a PhD candidate in Linguistics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. 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 primary 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?
Finally, 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.
PhD in Linguistics, in progress
BA in Linguistics, 2011
As far as I can tell, there is no readily-available Khoekhoegowab keyboard layout. As such, I decided to roll my own.
I’m newly arrived in Windhoek, Namibia, where I’ll be spending this summer carrying out my dissertation fieldwork on Khoekhoe.
In the fall of 2017 I’ve been hired as an adjunct professor at the University of Albany, where I will be teaching a mixed-medium online / off-line version of LING 321: Introduction to Syntax.
In recent semesters, I’ve taught the following classes: