Research Interests

Syntax and syntactic variation
Morphology, allomorphy, and morphophonology
Case, agreement, and licensing
Differential Object Marking
Split ergativity
Tense and aspect
Neo-Aramaic


Current Projects

What can allomorphy tell us about syntax, morphology, and phonology (and vice versa)?

Under review. Morphology before phonology: A case study of Turoyo (Neo-Aramaic). Submitted to Morphology. (Also available: Handout from LAGB 2018, The University of Sheffield.)

2018. The ins and outs of allomorphy in Turoyo (Neo-Aramaic). Handout from a talk presented at GLOW 41. Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest.

To appear, with Byron Ahn. What's in a (English) reflexive? NELS 48 Proceedings. (Also available:  Handout from NELS 48, University of Iceland.)

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

To appear, with Philipp Weisser. Asymmetric Differential Object Marking in coordination: A problem for movement-based approaches. Linguistic Inquiry.

To appear. Nominal licensing is driven by valued (phi-)features. GLOW Short Report Proceedings. Nordlyd special issue. (Also available: Slides from GLOW 40, Leiden University, and a handout from an NYU Syntax Brown Bag talk.)

2017. Dropping the F-bomb: An argument for valued features as derivational time-bombs. NELS 47 Proceedings.

2018. Licensing and Differential Object Marking: The view from Neo-Aramaic. Syntax 21(2): 112-159.

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

To appear. Opacity in agreement. In Agree to Agree: Agreement in the Minimalist Programme. Berlin: Language Science Press.

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

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

2018, with Ümit Atlamaz. Reanalyzing Indo-Iranian “stems”: A case study of Adıyaman Kurmanji. Tu+ 1 Proceedings. UMass Amherst.

2016. The morphosyntax of aspect stacking in Northeastern Neo-Aramaic. Glossa 1(1):49, 1-39.

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