Papers and handouts


Building Meaning in Navajo. 2016. PhD thesis, University of Massachusetts Amherst. PDF.

Journal articles and book chapters

Investigating gradable predicates, comparison, and degree constructions in underrepresented languages. 2015. In Methodologies in Semantic Fieldwork, M. Ryan Bochnak and Lisa Matthewson, eds. Oxford University Press. Preprint.

Decomposing Notions of Adjectival Transitivity in Navajo. 2013. Natural Language Semantics 21(3): 277-314. DOI 10.1007/s11050-012-9093-2.

Proceedings papers 

Nominalized clauses and reference to propositional content. Joint work with Keir Moulton. To appear in the Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 21PDF.

Wondering about the alternatives in Navajo. 2014. Proceedings of the 31st West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (WCCFL 31), ed. Robert E. Santana-LaBarge, pages 66-75. Cascadilla Proceedings Project, Somerville, MA. PDF.

Expressing uncertainty with gisa in Tshangla. 2014. With Anisa Schardl. Proceedings of the 31st West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (WCCFL 31), ed. Robert E. Santana-LaBarge, pages 76-85. Cascadilla Proceedings Project, Somerville, MA. PDF.

Slightly coerced: Processing evidence for adjectival coercion by minimizers. 2014. Proceedings of the 48th Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society (CLS 48). Chicago Linguistic Society, Chicago. PDF.

Modification of DPs by epistemic modal adverbs. 2013. Proceedings of the 19th Amsterdam Colloquium 2013, ed. Maria Aloni, Michael Franke and Floris Roelofsen, pages 51-58. PDF.

Positively Uninformative. 2010. Proceedings of the MIT Workshop on Comparatives 2010, ed. Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine and Yasutada Sudo, pages 19-34. MITWPL, Cambridge, MA. PDF.

Distribution and Function of Comparative Aspect in Athabaskan/Dene. 2010. In Proceedings of the 2009 Athabaskan Languages Conference. Justin Spence and Siri Tuttle, eds. Fairbanks, AK: ANLC. PDF.


Basic pieces,complex meanings: Building attitudes in Navajo. 2017. Invited talk at the Workshop on polysemy and coercion of clause embedding predicates. 39th Annual Meeting of DGfS. Saarbrücken, Germany. PDF.

Sentential and possibly subsentential modification: the ambiguity of Collins conjunctions. 2016. Joint work with Andrew Weir.  Paper presented at the 47th Annual Meeting of North East Linguistic Society (NELS 47). University of Massachusetts Amherst. PDF.

Nominalized clauses and reference to propositional content. 2016. Joint work with Keir Moulton. Paper presented at Sinn und Bedeutung 21. University of Edinburgh. PDF.

Degree constructions in the landscape of Navajo grammar. 2016. Paper presented at the Quantity Superlatives Kick-off Workshop. University of Gothenburg. PDF.

Stay Inside: The interpretation of internally-headed relative clauses in Navajo. 2016. Joint work with Keir Moulton and Junko Shimoyama. Talk at l’Association canadienne de linguistique/Canadian Linguistic Association in Calgary. PDF.

The semantics of the future in Navajo. 2016. Talk at 21st Meeting of the Workshop on the Structure and Constituency of the Languages of the Americas (WSCLA) at Université du Québec à Montréal. PDF.

Building attitudes from the inside out. 2016. Colloquium talk presented at the University of British Columbia. PDF.

Decomposing attitudes: The view from Navajo. 2015. Handout from talk at the January 2015 meeting of the LSA in Portland, Oregon. PDF.

Interpreting DP-modifying modal adverbs. 2014. Handout from talk at SALT 24 at New York University. PDF.

The decomposition of belief and desire. 2014. Handout from invited talk at SULA 8 (Semantics of Under-represented Languages in the Americas) at the University of British Columbia. PDF.

Generation of alternatives in Navajo: The case of daats’í. 2012. Paper presented at the 7th meeting of Semantics of Under-represented Languages in the Americas (SULA 7). Cornell University. PDF.


A focus sensitive modal operator in Navajo. 2013. Manuscript, University of Massachusetts Amherst. PDF.

Processing Evidence for the Scales of Negative Evaluative Adjectives. 2011. Manuscript, University of Massachusetts Amherst. PDF.

Gradability and Degree Constructions in Navajo. 2008. Swarthmore College, unpublished BA thesis. PDF.

Volumes edited

Proceedings of the Sixth Meeting on the Semantics of Under-represented Languages in the Americas and SULA-Bar. 2012. GLSA Publications. View on Amazon.