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 in South Africa on the Venda language.
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
This last weekend, I accepted an invitation from Professor Hlungwane to go with him to his home town.
I’m back in Thohoyandou, wrapping up my second-to-last week here. Kruger was truly delightful, exactly the rest I needed.
This semester, I am a teaching assistant for the following course: