Research

My research interests lie primarily in how phonology and syntax interact. I tend to work with data from understudied languages, and balance my time between theoretical and documentation work.

My research has focused on two main languages so far, Uab Meto and Yulparija. For each of these languages, I’ve completed documentation projects and created small-scale tagged corpora.

Uab Meto (Austronesian; fieldwork):

  • Metathesis
  • Syntax-phonology interface
  • Nominal morphosyntax
  • Agreement in serial verb constructions
  • Focus intervention effects

Yulparija (Wati, Pama-Nyungan; archival documentation work):

  • Second position clitics
  • Ergativity
  • Syntactic microvariation