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I am a Ph.D. student in linguistics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. My approach to linguistics is based on the analysis of connected speech data, with the goal of understanding the way linguistic structure works, how it has developed over time, and the use to which structures are put by speakers. In the context of New Guinea where I work, I see these questions as part of a broader cultural-historical context where genealogical developments and contact have affected linguistic structure at all levels. Currently, my research is focused on a project to document the Chini [afi] language spoken in Papua New Guinea.