The heart of my research concentration is comparative syntax, specifically the investigation of cross-linguistic and cross-dialectal variation to figure out the design specifications underlying all human languages. I believe that utilizing insights from theoretical linguistics in conjunction with experimental studies provides a stronger means of advancing our understanding of the language faculty.

I am also interested in contact-induced syntactic changes, which I particularly conduct hand in hand with my research on the documentation and investigation of understudied Arabic dialects.

My current work includes

  • ergativity in Iranian languages
  • the syntax of speech act participants in vocatives
  • indexical shifting in Turkish and Iranian languages
  • the syntax of indirect causatives, with a focus on Sason Arabic

    • 12/2015 – 6/2016. PI: Ashwini Deo, responsible for creating a database for tense, aspect systems of Indo-Aryan languages.
    • 7/2013 – 9/2013. Fieldwork on Sason Arabic, carried out in the village of Kuzzi, Bitlis, Turkey.