I am a linguist broadly interested in the structure of sentences (syntax) and how these structures map to meaning (semantics). I am currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Linguistics at McGill University. In a previous life, I was an active coder in the Mozilla (Firefox) and WordPress open-source communities.
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), Tibetan.
See the new Projects page for descriptions of projects and downloadable papers.
- May 2015: Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association 22 at McGill
- Syntax reading group at McGill on “clause structure and argument licensing” (Ergativity lab)
- Wh-inter 2015: Wh-indefinites reading group at McGill with Hadas Kotek
- New manuscript: “Low sentence-final particles in Mandarin Chinese and the Final-over-Final Constraint.” Comments welcome!
- New work: Hadas Kotek and I presented “Relative pronoun pied-piping, the structure of which informs the analysis of relative clauses” at Chicago Linguistics Society 51.
- New manuscript: “In defense of Closeness: focus-sensitive adverb placement in Vietnamese and Mandarin Chinese.” Comments welcome!
- I posted the squib “On raising, floating, and being” on my blog.
- I presented “Restructuring and Agent Focus in Kaqchikel” at the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA), at the LSA.
- July 2015: I will present at Japanese Society for Language Sciences (JSLS) 17.