My primary interests are in syntax and morphology. My research focuses on the morphosyntax of Ā-dependencies, including the interaction of phi-agreement and Ā-movement and morphological reflexes of Ā-movement. More generally, I am interested in theories of agreement and what they can tell us about the grammar. On a broader scale, my work aims to meld rigorous typological research with minimalist analysis.
In my dissertation research, I'm looking at anti-agreement, a phenomenon whereby agreement with an argument is disrupted under Ā-extraction of that argument. I'm conducting a cross-linguistic study of anti-agreement effects with the goals of developing a typology of the variation in these effects and also formulating a unified theoretical analysis of them. Preliminary results of this research can be seen in my dissertation prospectus, posted below.
I have conducted fieldwork on several understudied languages. These include two languages of Senegal, Seereer (Atlantic) and Noon (Cangin). Some of this work can be seen in my PhD qualifying paper on long distance wh-dependencies in Seereer and my presentations about adjective agreement in Noon. I have also worked on indigenous languages of North America. While I Berkeley I participated in the Karuk Treebank Project. While at University of Michigan, I worked on Sally Thomason's Montana Salish (Flathead) dictionary project.