I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Maryland, and I’m an affiliate of the Maryland Language Science Center. I am also the Associate Director of the UMD/LSC Guatemala Field Station.
My research interests span the linguistic sub-fields 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 strike you as a little bit counterintuitive. But phenomena of this sort are surprisingly common in natural language!)
Topics I am interested in include:
- predicate-argument agreement
- case theory
- clitic doubling, and its relation to head movement & phrasal movement
- the division of labor between syntax and morphology
- syntax-semantics misalignments
- the nature of ergativity, and the mechanisms underlying split-ergativity as well as syntactic ergativity
- locality and anti-locality
- non-canonical wh-constructions
- the mapping between argument-structure and syntax
I work on various (and often unrelated) languages, including:
- (modern) Hebrew
- Kaqchikel, Q’anjob’al (Mayan)
- Sakha (Turkic)
- Kinyarwanda, Shi (Bantu)
- Oromo (Cushitic)
- Georgian (Kartvelian)
See my research page for further details.
And now, a linguistic Dinosaur Comic:
(made using the blank Dinosaur Comic template, available here)