University of Massachusetts, Amherst
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