Meena Wainwright

About Me

I am a MA student in the Linguistics Department at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. My interests lie largely in syntax, documentation, and acquisition. Before arriving in Hawai'i, I lived in China (Wuxi, Jiangsu Province) for two years where I worked as an English teacher. I have a BA in Asian Studies from St. Olaf College.

My CV is available on request.


As a first semester MA student I don't yet have any graduate level research completed. However, for a class project, I'm currently working on restrictions on the denominalization of nouns to create verbs (also known as "verbing"). Specifically I'm looking to see if the restrictions stated by Clark and Clark (1979) continue to hold true for denominal verbs formed now, almost 40 years later.

During my undergraduate study I had the privilege of taking part in the St. Olaf College CURI Program. Under the guidance of a professor, I worked with two other students to examine the experiences of Asian-Americans in Minnesota, and especially in our town of Northfield. The data collected during the course of the project was curated to form a website.


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