What do I do?

I'm a third year phd student at UCLA Linguistics. Check out my CV to get a better idea of my research.


Research interests

My work focuses on the syntax, semantics, and pragmatics of focus and questions in understudied languages, as well as fieldwork methodology, with specific reference to the critically endangered languages of British Columbia, Canada. Since 2013 I've worked alongside speakers, teachers, and scholars of the Gitksan language, as a member of the Gitksan Research Lab. In 2018, I started working on Sm'algyax, or Coast Tsimshian.


Papers and publications

Clause-type, Transitivity, and the Transitive Vowel in Tsimshianic. (2020) In Papers for the 55th International Conference on Salish and Neighbouring Languages (ICSNL 55) UBC Vancouver, BC.

Syntactic ergativity in Gitksan. (2018) Proceedings from the 21st annual Workshop on the Constituency of Languages of the Americas (WSCLA 21). UQAM Montreal, QC

Extraction restrictions in Gitksan. (2016) MA thesis, McGill University


Selected presentations

Interrogative mood marking in Sm'algyax. (2020) The 94th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America. New Orleans, LA.

Three (hidden) obliques in Gitksan (Coauthor: Clarissa Forbes). (2018) The Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA) Salt Lake City, UT.

Revisiting ergativity in Gitksan. (2016) The Workshop on Structure and Constituency in Languages of the Americas (WSCLA 21) UQAM Montreal, QC.

A structural account of split ergativity in Gitksan. (2016) Putting Fieldwork on Indigenous Languages to New Uses (PFILNU) Campinas, Brazil.

Absolutive in Tsimshianic (2016). The Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA 2016) Washington, D.C.

Clefts without Presuppositions? Some evidence from Gitksan. (2014) Semantics of Under-represented Languages of the Americas (SULA 8) UBC Vancouver, BC.

Towards a unified semantics of clefts and determiners in Tlingit. (2014) Semantics of Under-represented Languages of the Americas (SULA 8) UBC Vancouver, BC.

Focus in Nata: Denotation vs. discourse-new. (2013) Canadian Linguistics Association (CLA/ACL 2013) UVIC Victoria, BC