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).
See the new Projects page for descriptions of projects and downloadable papers.
- My dissertation: Movement Out of Focus
- I presented (versions of) “On the position of focus adverbs” at Theoretical East Asian Linguistics (TEAL 9), NELS 45, and the LSA.
- “Anti-locality and optimality in Kaqchikel Agent Focus” has been accepted for publication in Natural Language & Linguistic Theory!
- 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.
- January 2015: I will be traveling to Germany and speaking:
- January 20: Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS), Berlin
- January 21: University of Leipzig colloquium talk
- January 23: University of Potsdam
- February 13, 2015: University of Minnesota colloquium talk
- March 20, 2015: Concordia University colloquium talk