Experimental work on number and gender
A lot of work has been done on phi-features, but the details of the relationship between number and gender are not so well understood. Where purely theoretical work has remained inconclusive, I have worked with Maria Polinsky (Harvard) and Gregory Scontras (Stanford) to ground the discussion in experimental work. In our work, we examine number and gender in Spanish, concluding that in this particular language the features are projected and valued independently, and that number is multi-valued while gender is single-valued. You can check out the video and handout of our presentation from GLOW37 here. We are also considering whether the same thing can be said for number and gender in heritage Spanish, and we presented our results at GLOW 40 here and published a paper in Glossa.
Noun classes, gender, and nominal structure in DPs across Bantu
In a new project, I am working with Jenneke van der Wal to investigate the structure of DPs in the Bantu language family. We propose that variation in the properties of noun-class markers across Bantu languages can be captured by a Kramer-type analysis of class marker wherein gender is located on n, which makes predictions for the structure of derived nominals such as infinitives and diminutives/augmentatives, and may lend new insights into the structural of locative nouns. We presented our work to-date at the Colloquium an African Languages and Linguistics and at the LSA 2018 Annual Meeting.
Split DPs in Georgian
Split DPs have been identified in a few languages, but in Georgian they interact with case concord in a novel way that provides a new testing ground for existing analyses of split DPs. Whereas not all nominal modifiers must participate in case concord in continuous DPs, all modifiers must participate in case concord in split DPs. In addition, the form of the dative and accusative case on modifiers differs between continuous and split DPs. My current research seeks to modify existing proposals to account for the data in Georgian. Most recently I presented my work at Cambridge Comparative Syntax 5 in May 2016.
Floating second-position clitics in Wakhi
Wakhi is an endangered East Iranian language spoken in areas of Tajikistan and Pakistan, among others. I work with speakers from these two areas on documenting and understanding certain very unique phenomena in the language. Check out the Wakhi database I contributed to here. Most recently I've been examining the doubled pronominal clitics in Wakhi, which are Almost Wackernagel Clitics -- they most frequently occur in second position but can also occur further to the right. I argue that the movement of these clitics is syntactic, and that the landing sites are determined by focus and discourse factors. Thank you to the audiences at SNEWS and BLS 41 for really great comments. The most recent version of the project was presented at Semantics of African, Asian, and Australian Languages 2 (TripleA2) in Potsdam, Germany in June 2015, and published at in the BLS41 proceedings.