I am a fourth-year PhD student in the Department of Linguistics at UC Berkeley. My research interests lie broadly in semantics, syntax, morphology, and their interfaces. I work primarily with two languages: Tswefap, a Bamileke language of Cameroon, and Karuk, an endangered language isolate of Northern California, in both cases relying heavily on my own elicitation and fieldwork.
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.
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)
2018. Comparison in Tswefap: Evidence for degree abstraction in an exceed-comparative language. With Emily Clem. Talk to be presented at the 48th Annual Conference on African Linguistics. Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. March.
2018. Discontinuous noun phrases in Karuk. Talk presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas, Salt Lake City, UT. January 6th.
2017. Quantifier unification: Bipartite universal quantification in Tswefap. Talk presented at CUSP 10, UC Irvine, CA. October 21st.
2016. As above but below: Karuk directional suffixes as "low applicatives". Invited talks at Stanford's SMircle/Fieldwork Forum, April 8th, and UC Santa Cruz's S-Circle, April 22nd. Expanded version of NELS 46 talk.
2015. As above but below: Karuk directional suffixes as "low applicatives". Talk presented at the Forty-Sixth Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society, Montreal, QC. October 16th.
2015. Exploring Karuk morphology in a parsed text corpus. With Andrew Garrett, Clare Sandy, and Line Mikkelsen. Talk presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas, Portland, OR. January 8th.
2014. Developing a syntactically parsed corpus of Karuk. With Andrew Garrett, Clare Sandy, and Line Mikkelsen. Talk presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas, Minneapolis, MN. January 3rd.
2016. Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society. With Emily Clem, Virginia Dawson, Alice Shen, Amalia Horan Skilton, Geoff Bacon, and Andrew Cheng. Berkeley: University of California.
Fall 2015: Graduate Student Instructor. Linguistics 100: Introduction to Linguistic Science. Professor: Andrew Garrett. UC Berkeley.
Fall 2017: Instructor. Linguistics R1B: Endangered Languages: What We Lose when a Language Dies. Instructor of Record: Andrew Garrett. UC Berkeley.
Spring 2018: Graduate Student Instructor: Linguistics 120: Introduction to Syntax and Semantics. Professor: Line Mikkelsen. 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.
Spring-Fall 2017: Graduate Student Mentor (with Emily Clem) through the Linguistics Research Apprentice Practicum (LRAP). Apprentice: Evelyn Najarian. Project title: The Tswefap Documentation Project.
Fall 2015-current: Co-organizer of Berkeley's Syntax and Semantics Circle (SSCircle)
Fall 2017: Co-organizer of Berkeley's Fieldwork Forum (FForum)
February 5-7, 2016. Co-organizer. The 42nd Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society.