I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics at Western Washington University. My research interests lie in semantics, pragmatics, morphology and syntax. 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
Mass/count distinction 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.
to appear. Outscoping the directive force of imperatives. Linguistic Inquiry.
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.
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.]
in revision. The emergence of case matching in discontinuous DPs. With Emily Clem.
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
Deriving obligatory narrow scope disjunction. NYU Semantics Group, May 22, 2020.
Documenting Tiwa kinship terms. Fieldwork Forum, UC Berkeley, September 12, 2019.
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!)
Bond Hall 418E