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
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. The talk was about the Subject Gap in Finite Clause (SGF) construction, best known from German, but also from “The Itsy-Bitsy Spider”, in the line “Down came the rain and washed the spider out.” I was mostly focused on the Khoekhoe version of this construction, which I think pushes us towards a particular view of the Coordinate Construction Constraint as being violable in the syntax as long as its repaired by LF.
As far as I can tell, there is no readily-available Khoekhoegowab keyboard layout. As such, I decided to roll my own.
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: