Welcome! I am a Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of California, Los Angeles. I specialize in syntax, semantics, and the syntax-semantics interface.
I recently completed my Ph.D. in linguistics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. My dissertation Movement and the semantic type of traces explores the possible semantic representations of movement. I argue that movement is tightly restricted in how it can be semantically interpreted, in particular that movement can map onto traces only ranging over individual semantic types. I show that this restriction has interesting effects in the domain of property-denoting DPs.
In addition to my dissertation research, I have worked on case assignment (particularly in Finnish), the nature of grammatical functions, quirky subjects, and implicit arguments. With collaborators, I have also worked on tough-constructions with, NPIs from an experimental perspective with , and Hindi-Urdu binding with .
- Reconstruction beyond English (with Stefan Keine) at GLOW 41 in Budapest
- Spurious NPI licensing is covert licensing (with Jon Ander Mendia and Brian Dillon) at SALT 28 at MIT and at WCCFL 36 at UCLA
- New proceedings paper for Sinn und Bedeutung 22 (to appear): Constraining (shifting) types at the interface
- I presented Reconstruction two ways: Evidence from Hindi-Urdu (with Stefan Keine) at NELS 48 at the University of Iceland
- I recently finished my Ph.D. thesis: Movement and the semantic type of traces