About me: I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California. I am a syntactician and a fieldworker who enjoys the empirical challenges associated with researching understudied languages and exploring how novel empirical data from understudied languages informs syntactic theory. Much of my research is focused on interactions between syntax-semantics and syntax-phonology/prosody. In order to reconcile my goals as a fieldworker with my goals as a theoretician, I also spend considerable time refining techniques and methodology for data collection in my fieldwork, including development of novel techniques.
The Open Handbook of Linguistic Data Management (a massive tome) has just been released. Check out my chapter (with Phil Duncan, Harold Torrence, and Jason Kandybowicz). I am currently implementing a more complex version of this system in my Field Methods class (taught w/ Sam Zukoff) at USC on a variety of Mongolian!
See my paper resubmitted paper Re-analyzing ``say'' complementation: implications for case theory and beyond that offers a novel analysis of "say" complementation structures, which has implications for case, agreement, and more!
I will be giving a talk with Michael Diercks and Justine Sikuku at SASAL1 in Tubingen. We will be offering a serialization analysis of "say" complementation structures in Bukusu. We are also revising a paper on the same topic (e-mail me if interested).
Connor Mayer and I have uploaded the revised version of our model of Uyghur Intonational Phonology (to appear in Prosodic Typology III).
Connor Mayer, Mahire Yakup, and I have written our AMP presentation into a proceedings article titled, "Are neutral roots in Uyghur really neutral? Evaluating a covert phonemic contrast".
I am working on a new project on Turkish accusative subjects with Metehan Oguz (USC).