I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics at Western Washington University. My research interests lie in semantics, pragmatics, morphology, syntax and language documentation. I approach questions in these areas primarily through the lens of Tiwa, a Tibeto-Burman language spoken in Assam, India.
My research interests include:
Disjunction and indefinites
Countability distinctions and number marking
Morpheme reordering and post-syntactic movement
Papers and handouts
2020. Existential quantification in Tiwa: disjunction and indefinites. Doctoral dissertation, University of California, Berkeley.
Chapter 2 presents a grammar sketch of Tiwa.
Chapter 3 argues for an alternative approach to disjunction based on its behavior in unreduced phrasal comparatives. It also discusses how obligatory narrow scope disjunction in Tiwa can be captured on an alternative approach.
Chapter 4 argues for a choice functional approach to obligatory wide scope disjunction and indefinites in Tiwa, based on their failure to obey the Binder Roof Constraint. It also discusses the pragmatic ignorance affects found with these elements, situating them in the broader context of specific indefinites cross-linguistically.
to appear. Disjunction as alternatives: evidence from phrasal comparatives. Proceedings of WCCFL 38 (March, 2020).
to appear. Counting mass nouns in Guébie. With Hannah Sande. Proceedings of ACAL 49 (March, 2018).
to appear. Tiwa indeterminates and NP restriction in a Hamblin semantics. Proceedings of FASAL 7 (Feb, 2017), ed. Sakshi Bhatia and Dustin Chacón.
accepted (with minor revisions). The kinship system of Tiwa. Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area.
under review. In support of a choice functional analysis of Sinhala də. With Samantha Wathugala. [Invited submission for special issue of Journal of South Asian Linguistics. Submitted 2019.]
under review. The emergence of case matching in discontinuous DPs. With Emily Clem. [Submitted 2021.]
manuscript (in revision). Post-syntactic altruism in Tiwa. With Emily Clem and Nicholas Rolle.
2019. Third readings by semantic scope lowering: Prolepsis in Tiwa. With Amy Rose Deal. Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 23, Vol. 1, ed. M. Teresa Espinal, Elena Castroviejo, Manuel Leonetti, Louise McNally and Cristina Real-Puigdollers, 329-346. Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès): Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.
2019. Lexicalizing disjunction scope. Proceedings of the Linguistic Society of America 4(13): 1-13.
2018. A new kind of epistemic indefinite. Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 22, Vol. 1, ZASPiL 60, ed. Uli Sauerland and Stephanie Solt, 349-366. Berlin: ZAS.
2017. Optimal clitic placement in Tiwa. Proceedings of the NELS 47, Vol. 1, ed. Andrew Lamont and Katerina A. Tetzloff, 243-256. Amherst: GLSA.
Handouts, slides and posters
In support of a choice functional analysis of Sinhala də. FASAL 9, Reed College, March 16, 2019. With Samantha Wathugala.
Countability and plurality in a classifier language. LSA, Salt Lake City, January 7, 2018.
Community-oriented descriptive material
Basic Tiwa Grammar. Incomplete draft, October 2019. (Comments welcome!)
Western Washington University
Ling201: Introduction to Language and Linguistics (Spring 2021, Fall 2021)
Ling310: Linguistic Analysis (Fall 2020)
Ling331: Semantics and Pragmatics (Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021, Fall 2021)
Ling431: Cross-linguistic semantic variation (Winter 2021)
Bond Hall 418E