- My dissertation: Movement Out of Focus
- “What makes a voice system? On the relationship between voice marking and case” with Theodore Levin and Coppe van Urk will appear in the Proceedings of AFLA 21.
- “Anti-locality and optimality in Kaqchikel Agent Focus” has been accepted for publication (pending minor revisions) in Natural Language & Linguistic Theory!
- “A streamlined approach to online linguistic surveys,” with Hadas Kotek, has been accepted for publication in Natural Language & Linguistic Theory! The tools we describe are available at turktools.net.
- “Covert pied-piping in English multiple wh-questions,” with Hadas Kotek, has been accepted for publication in Linguistic Inquiry!
- September 2014: I will present “On the position of focus adverbs” at the Ninth International Workshop on Theoretical East Asian Linguistics (TEAL 9) at the University of Nantes.
- October 2014: I will present a poster “On the position of focus adverbs” at North East Linguistic Society 45 (NELS 45) at MIT.
- January 2015: I will be at the LSA, presenting a poster “On the position of focus adverbs” and also a joint poster with Theodore Levin and Coppe van Urk, “Voice morphology as extraction marking.” I will also present “Restructuring and Agent Focus in Kaqchikel” at the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA), colocated with the LSA.
- March 2015: I will present “Focus economy and the closeness condition on focus adverbs” at the DGfS workshop “What drives syntactic computation? Alternatives to formal features”.
Areas of interest
- syntax and semantics of focus and movement
- the syntax of case, agreement, and movement
- internet corpora and experiments
In previous work I have worked on: Mandarin Chinese, English, Japanese, Kaqchikel (Mayan; Guatemala), Squliq Atayal (Austronesian; Taiwan).
- Movement Out of Focus, MIT dissertation, 2014
- To appear: “What makes a voice system? On the relationship between voice marking and case” with Theodore Levin and Coppe van Urk. Proceedings of AFLA 21. See also the handout from AFLA 21.
- To appear: “Anti-locality and optimality in Kaqchikel Agent Focus”. Accepted for publication in Natural Language & Linguistic Theory, pending minor revisions.
- To appear: “A streamlined approach to online linguistic surveys,” with Hadas Kotek. Accepted for publication in Natural Language & Linguistic Theory. The tools we describe are available at turktools.net.
- Manuscript: “Why the null complementizer is special in the English that-trace effect”.
- To appear: “Covert pied-piping in English multiple wh-questions” with Hadas Kotek. Accepted for publication in Linguistic Inquiry. See also the associated NELS 43 handout: “Diagnosing covert pied-piping”.
- 2014: “Explaining leftward focus association with even but not only.” Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 18, pages 128—145.
- To appear: “Subject marking on non-subjects in Squliq Atayal.” Proceedings of the 20th Meeting of the Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association (AFLA 20).
- To appear: “Sentence-final particles at the vP phase edge.” Proceedings of the 25th North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics (NACCL-25).
- Manuscript: “Degree comparison without degree abstraction”.
- 2014: “Intervention in focus pied-piping” with Hadas Kotek. Proceedings of NELS 43, pages 117—130. See also the handout from NELS 43.
- 2014: “Anti-Locality and Agent Focus.” Proceedings of WCCFL 31, pages 150–159. (Superseded by “Anti-locality and optimality in Kaqchikel Agent Focus,” to appear in NLLT.)
- 2014: “Interpreting Japanese Head-Internal Relative Clauses” with Isaac Gould. Proceedings of WCCFL 31, pages 160–169.
- 2013: “Dissociating the syntax and morphological realization of Kaqchikel Agent Focus.” Studies in Kaqchikel Grammar, MIT Working Papers in Linguistics, pages 25—50.
- To appear: “Alternative questions through focus alternatives in Mandarin Chinese.” Proceedings of Chicago Linguistic Society 48.
- 2012: “Structurally distant haplology” in Snippets 26.
- 2012: “The Effect of ‘Only’ on Quantifier Scope: the Dake Blocking Effect.” In Proceedings of the GLOW in Asia Workshop for Young Scholars, pages 72—86.
- 2012: “Share to Compare: the Mandarin bǐ Comparative.” In Proceedings of the 29th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (WCCFL 29), Cascadilla Press, pages 54—62.
- 2010: “Sentence-Final Only and the Interpretation of Focus in Mandarin Chinese.” In Proceedings of the 22nd North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics (NACCL-22) and the 18th Annual Meeting of the International Association of Chinese Linguistics (IACL-18), pages 18—35.
- 2009: “Ubiquity: Designing a Multilingual Natural Language Interface.” Proceedings of the ACM SIGIR 2009 Workshop on Information Access in a Multilingual World, pages 45—48.
- 2007: A New Syntax-Semantics for the Mandarin bi Comparative. University of Chicago Master’s thesis, May 2007.
Selected presentations (handouts, slides)
- “Association with traces and the copy theory of movement” (handout version), the 88th LSA meeting, January 2014. See my SuB proceedings paper for a paper version.
- “Morphological blocking in English causatives” with Hadas Kotek, the 88th LSA meeting, January 2014. Manuscript available.
- “The Constituency of Hyperlinks in a Hypertext Corpus”. The 2nd Triennial Meeting of the International Society for the Linguistics of English (IsLE 2), Boston University, June 2011.
- turktools: tools to simplify the development of experimental stimuli for running linguistic experiments on Amazon Mechanical Turk. Described in this paper.
- turkserver: host your Turk-style experiments on your own server.
- LingBuzz RSS feed
- Better Linguist List RSS feeds
- The Antisymmetrizer: an online tool which linearizes trees according to the Linear Correspondance Axiom (Kayne, 1994).
- A universal natural language parser for Ubiquity, an experimental multilingual natural language interface, as described in this paper.