Research Interests

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


Current Projects

How can allomorphy constrain syntactic analyses and vice versa?

2017. The ins and outs of allomorphy in Turoyo (Neo-Aramaic). Handout from a talk in Harvard University's Universals Workshop speaker series.

2017, with Byron Ahn. What's in a (English) reflexive? Handout from a talk presented at NELS 48, 2017.

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

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

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

Under review. 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.)

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

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

Under review. Opacity in agreement. Edited volume on current issues in Minimalist approaches to agreement. Open Generative Syntax, Language Science Press. (Also available: Slides from a talk given at LSA 90, 2016.)

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?

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