About

I am an assistant professor of linguistics at Wayne State University. Stated broadly, my research interests are in formal semantics and the indigenous languages of Mesoamerica (especially Mayan languages). On my best days I am able to work in both areas at once. I am also interested in computational and corpus-based approaches to semantics.

Some of my current research focuses are:

  • plurality and pluractionality
  • distributivity
  • Mayan prosody and prosodic morphology
  • appositives and projective meaning
  • ergativity from a crosslinguistic perspective

My dissertation, entitled Ways of Pluralizing Events, argues for fine-grained subtypes of plural event reference in the verbal domain to match the wide variety of plural individual reference we're familiar with from the nominal domain. Based on original fieldwork, this argument is made through an analysis of verbal pluractionality in the Mayan language Kaqchikel, though latter chapters discuss extensions to English.

I have been gradually chopping up the dissertation into papers. As you might expect, there have been substantial revisions in this translation process, and I would be grateful if you would read and cite these works instead of the dissertation. First, this paper here, which is currently under review, now supersedes chapters 2 and 4. This paper here, which has just recently been accepted for publication at Semantics & Pragmatics, supersedes chapters 5-6. Chapter 7 has been refined and has appeared in this SALT paper. Stay tuned for the final paper based on the dissertation, which is under contract to be finished September 1, 2014.