Welcome!

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics at UC San Diego. I completed my PhD in Linguistics at MIT (you can download my dissertation here). I also have a BA and MA in Linguistics from the University of Toronto. Prior to joining UCSD, I was a Postdoctoral Researcher and Instructor in Syntax at the University of Chicago.

I research theoretical syntax and am especially interested in the syntax-morphology interface. My recent work has centered around three overlapping topics: (i) the interaction of case, agreement, and movement (especially in ergative languages), (ii) the morphosyntactic properties of pronominal clitics, and (iii) the internal structure and formation of morphologically complex words. The primary empirical focus of my research is Inuktitut (or Inuktut), as well as related varieties, which I have been learning about in various ways since 2009. More recently, I have also been conducting descriptive and theoretical research on the tonal and morphosyntactic properties of the San Juan Piñas variety of Mixtec (Oto-Manguean), in collaboration with Gabriela Caballero, Claudia Juárez Chávez, and our students. Finally, I have past projects on Yimas (Lower-Sepik; Papuan) and Kikuyu (Bantu).

At UCSD, I am a member of the Linguistics Field Research Lab and co-organize the Syntax and Semantics Babble (S-Babble) discussion group.

The header image was taken in July 2017 near the community of Iqaluit, Nunavut, after several “bergy bits” washed up on the shore.

Upcoming/recent talks

  • [10/2021]: Colloquium, UCLA Linguistics.
  • 09/2021: Invited presentation, CRISSP seminar series. On verb-initiality in San Juan Piñas Mixtec.
  • 08/2021: Invited presentation, SICOGG 23. On noun incorporation in Inuktitut.
  • 04/2021: Presentation, WCCFL 39. With Gabriela Caballero and Claudia Juárez Chávez on tone in San Juan Piñas Mixtec.
  • 03/2021: Invited presentation, Harvard Linguistics Circle. Colloquium, UC Berkeley Linguistics. On noun incorporation in Inuktitut.