I am a third-year PhD student in the Department of Linguistics at UC Berkeley. My research interests lie broadly in semantics, syntax, morphology, and their interfaces. In my work I draw data from Tswefap, a Bamileke language of Cameroon, and Karuk, a highly endangered language isolate of Northern California, in both cases relying heavily on my own elicitations and fieldwork.
The Syntax and Semantics of Directionals
Large systems of directional affixes are well-attested in the languages of the Americas, but the structure and meaning of these have not been adequately addressed by linguistic theory. Addressing this gap, my research centers on the directional system of Karuk, one of the largest such systems with approximately 50 unique directional suffixes. I argue in my 2016 NELS paper that these suffixes comprise a new type of low applicative afforded by a PathP projection that is complement to VP, which accounts for their inability to combine with telic verb roots, which cannot contain a PathP.
2016. Above or Below: Modeling a Telicity Restriction on Karuk Directional Applicatives. Proceedings of the Forty-Sixth Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society, Volume 2: 317-330. (pre-print available here)
Quantification and Domain Restriction in Tswefap
I am currently researching the quantificational system of Tswefap. The main focus at this point is understanding its system of double-marked universal quantification and a surprising pattern whereby restrictive modification of a noun allows one of the quantificational elements to surface alone when it otherwise cannot. This research will form the basis of my second qualifying paper.
Fall 2015: Graduate Student Instructor. Linguistics 100: Introduction to Linguistic Science. Professor: Andrew Garrett. UC Berkeley
Spring 2016: Graduate Student Mentor (with Amalia Skilton) through the Linguistics Research Apprentice Practicum (LRAP). Apprentice: Bridget Hanzalik. Project title: Morphological and Syntactic Structures of Ticuna
Fall 2016: Graduate Student Mentor through the Linguistics Research Apprentice Practicum (LRAP). Apprentices: Zeynep Özselçuk and Andrew Baker. Project title: Building a Syntactic Treebank of the Karuk Language.
Fall 2015-current: Co-organizer of Berkeley's Syntax and Semantics Circle (SSCircle)
February 5-7, 2016. Co-organizer. The 42nd Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society.