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University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Integrative Learning Center, N430
650 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01003

fakkus@umass.edu

I am an assistant professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. My work is at the intersection of theoretical syntax and its interfaces with morphology and semantics, with a focus on endangered and un(der)studied languages. I study cross-dialectal variation in sentence structure, building primarily on data collected through fieldwork on un(der)documented languages.

My descriptive work tends to illustrate and present patterns/data that are shared by most speakers of different subcommunities or subdialects; whereas in my theoretical work, I analyze constructions/patterns that are not necessarily found in the grammars of all subcommunities. 

I specialize in Arabic dialects—particularly the so-called peripheral varieties, Turkish, Mutki Zazaki and Cherokee.

You can find more information about my work and interests in the Research page.

My current work includes

  • ergativity and argument indexing in Iranian languages
  • the syntax of (indirect) causatives, with a focus on (Sason) Arabic
  • the ontology of implicit arguments
  • the syntax of speech act participants, with a focus on vocatives
  • indexical shift in Turkish and Iranian languages
  • investigation of (the limits of) contact-induced syntactic changes