NYU Syntax Brown Bag

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.

Khoekhoegowab Keyboard Layout

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.


This last weekend, I accepted an invitation from Professor Hlungwane to go with him to his home town.

Almost Through

I’m back in Thohoyandou, wrapping up my second-to-last week here. Kruger was truly delightful, exactly the rest I needed.

Half-way through

I found a really good minimal pair of sentences today:

Mystery Show

(Before I left for South Africa I wrote up a little thing about Starlee Kine’s Mystery Show podcast, but then I never got around to posting it. Better late than never?)

Thohoyandou, and Tshivenda

I’m now in Thohoyandou, one of the largest towns in the Venda region and the site of the University of Venda, where I’ll be conducting my fieldwork this summer.

Fieldwork in Limpopo

I’m currently in Johannesburg, preparing for a field trip to Thohoyandou, in Limpopo province, to study Tshivenda.


I had a great time this weekend at ECO-5. I presented my GP-in-progress work on Akan de-serialization and got some good feedback.