I am an Assistant Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics at Syracuse University.
My research interests span the linguistic subfields traditionally identified as syntax and morphology. I am particularly interested in phenomena that resist explanation in terms of sound and/or meaning alone. (If you are unfamiliar with linguistics, the very idea that such phenomena exist might seem a little counter-intuitive; but phenomena of this sort are surprisingly common in natural language.)
I work on various (and often unrelated) languages, including:
- (modern) Hebrew
- Kaqchikel, Q’anjob’al (Mayan)
- Sakha (Turkic)
- Kinyarwanda, Shi (Bantu)
Topics I work on include:
- predicate-argument agreement
- case theory
- the nature of ergativity, and the mechanisms underlying split-ergativity and “syntactic ergativity”
- non-canonical wh-constructions
- the mapping between argument-structure and syntax
See my research page for further details.
And now, a linguistic Dinosaur Comic:
(made using the blank Dinosaur Comic template, available here)