About my work

What principles shape human languages? How and to what extent do languages vary?

I am a theoretical syntactician with a primary focus on the syntax of nominals, crosslinguistic variation, and the syntax-semantics interface. I teach courses on syntax, semantics, typology, and fieldwork.

My work draws from languages of East and Southeast Asia and Subsaharan Africa. (I like working on languages with tone!) I have an enduring interest in Thai, which I grew up speaking as a second language and which was the topic of my dissertation.

For over ten years I have been working on Moro, an endangered Kordofanian language spoken in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan. I co-developed the Moro Story Corpus, and I am currently collaborating on a descriptive grammar of Moro together with Sharon Rose and our Moro colleagues.

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2016-2017

2015-2016

2014-2015

2012-2013

Advising

I am especially interested in working with students who intend to pursue research programs focused on theoretical syntax, morphology, and semantics. I enjoy working with students who are fieldwork-oriented and combine novel description with theoretical analysis, and students who are interested in looking at typological patterns and trends from a theoretical perspective, both historical strengths of the UC Berkeley linguistics department.

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2017
2016
2015