About Me

I am a postdoctoral researcher in linguistics based at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden as part of the project Most and more: Quantity superlatives across languages (PI: Elizabeth Coppock).

Previously, I was a teachingpostdoctoral researcher at Simon Fraser University, where I investigated the semantics and syntax of relative clauses in certain understudied languages (PIs: Keir Moulton and Junko Shimoyama).

My research in general focuses on what we can learn about crosslinguistic semantic variation and commonality. Many of my projects take as their starting point data from Navajo (Diné Bizaad) and other Athabaskan languages, which I have been investigating since 2008. My research on Navajo largely takes place concurrently with the Navajo Language Academy, a three-week program designed to introduce Navajo speakers and language teachers to linguistic theory. I am also engaged in issues of collaborative research and the instruction of linguistics for community members interested in language revitalization, education, and research.

I completed my dissertation in 2015 at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. My dissertation explores two kinds of meanings — attitudes of belief and desire, adjectival meaning and comparison — which Navajo express using grammatical strategies unlike those generally associated with better-studied languages.

On the non-linguistics side of things, I enjoy string-related music (I play violin and viol da gamba), contradance, and shapenote singing.