Megan Schildmier, PhD

I completed my PhD in Linguistics at the University of Arizona in December 2016.  Since then I have been working in artificial intelligence, building linguistically savvy ontologies to power applications in robotics, healthcare, supply chain, and beyond. 

I am interested in morphology, syntax, and semantics, particularly as they pertain to idioms and other noncompositional uses of language.  My research has been primarily focused on two areas:  the morphosyntax of Cherokee (Iroquoian, Southern Iroquoian), with a focus on deverbal nominalizations; and the structure and idiomatization of English verb phrases.  My dissertation, completed in December 2016, used traditional, experimental, and corpus-based methods to investigate what idioms can tell us about the structure and organization of linguistic representations.