Travis Major

PhD Candidate - UCLA Linguistics



About me: I am a fifth year linguistics graduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles. I am a syntactician and a fieldworker who enjoys the empirical challenges associated with researching understudied languages and exploring how this novel empirical data informs universal grammar. 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 spend considerable time refining techniques for data collection in my fieldwork to improve the quality of both facets of my research.


Recent News:

  • I will be contributing a chapter on Uyghur Intonation to "Prosodic Typology III" with Connor Mayer.
  • Sheltering in place inspired me to write a new paper on case theory and Turkic accusative subjects (see papers)!
  • I will be a teaching assistant for a course on evidentiality taught by Natasha Korotkova at WeSSLLI in July.
  • Harold Torrence and I are in the process of finalizing a proceedings article based on our presentation at WCCFL 38 at UBC on "say" complementation in Avatime.