My research interests span the linguistic sub-fields traditionally identified as syntax and morphology.
I work on phenomena that resist explanation in terms of sound and/or meaning. (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!)
Lately, I have become particularly interested in issues of modularity in grammar, and specifically in arguments for rehabilitating the role of syntactic explanation – a role which has been unduly eroded over the last two decades.
I have also started a fledgling blog where I explore some of these themes.
Topics I am interested in include:
- predicate-argument agreement
- case theory
- the Person Case Constraint (PCC)
- clitic doubling
- head movement
- the mapping between argument-structure and syntax
- modularity in grammar
I work on various (and often unrelated) languages, including: Basque, Icelandic, English, Hebrew, Kaqchikel, Q’anjob’al, Sakha, Kinyarwanda, Shi, Oromo, and Georgian.
See my research page for further details.
And now, a linguistic Dinosaur Comic:
(made using the blank Dinosaur Comic template, available here)