Research Interests

Syntax and syntactic variation
Case, agreement, and licensing
Differential Object Marking
Split ergativity
Tense and aspect

Current Projects

What grammatical mechanisms are responsible for the ubiquity of Differential Object Marking and the Person Case Constraint?

To appear. Dropping the F-bomb: An argument for valued features as derivational time-bombs. NELS 47 Proceedings.

2017, March. Nominal licensing is driven by valued (phi)-features. Slides from GLOW, Leiden University. (For a somewhat more detailed handout, from an NYU Syntax Brown Bag talk, click here.)

Accepted. Licensing and Differential Object Marking: The view from Neo-Aramaic. Syntax.

Resubmitted, with Philipp Weisser. Asymmetric DOM in coordination and why this is fatal for movement-based approaches. Submitted to Linguistic Inquiry Squibs. **New version coming soon**

What are the precise operations that underlie what we see on the surface as phi-agreement, and when do these operations take place?

In prep. Opacity in agreement. To be submitted to an edited volume on current issues in Minimalist approaches to agreement. Open Generative Syntax, Language Science Press.

2016. Agreement in three parts: Match, Value, and Vocabulary Insertion. Slides from a talk given at LSA 90. Washington DC. 

2015. Morphological reversal in Amadiya as late agreement. WCCFL 33 Poster Proceedings.

2015. Two ways to Agree in Neo-Aramaic. Handout from an invited talk given at Stony Brook University.

What is the root of aspect (and tense?) splits in case and agreement?

2016. The morphosyntax of aspect stacking in Northeastern Neo-Aramaic. Glossa.

2016, with Ümit Atlamaz. Reanalyzing Indo-Iranian “stems”: A case study of Adıyaman Kurmanji. Tu+ 1 Proceedings. UMass Amherst.

2015, with Coppe van Urk. Aspect splits without ergativity: Agreement asymmetries in Neo-Aramaic. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 33:659-702.