Bio

I am currently a Postdoctoral Researcher in Grammatical Theory in Leipzig University's "Interaction of Grammatical Building Blocks" (IGRA) Graduate Program . I completed my PhD at MIT Linguistics in 2017. My main areas of specialization are theoretical phonology and morphology, historical and comparative linguistics, and Indo-European linguistics. 

My research focuses on reduplication and other phonological problems at/near the phonology-morphology interface. An overarching theme of my research is the drive to explain "templatic" effects without reference to templates, but rather through the interaction of independent factors; e.g., Can prosodic templates in reduplication be explained by independent facts about stress? Can Semitic nonconcatenative morphology be explained directly through the interaction of morpheme ordering and phonotactics? 

My dissertation "Indo-European Reduplication: Synchrony, Diachrony, and Theory" was on the analysis and historical development of reduplication in the ancient Indo-European languages. It constructs analyses for the reduplicative systems of the attested languages (Ancient Greek, Sanskrit, Gothic, Hittite, etc.), and seeks to explain how exceptional/archaic patterns developed and were retained into the languages. Both the analytical and historical results are used to inform the reconstruction of the reduplicative system of Proto-Indo-European (PIE), to situate both PIE and the attested daughter languages within the cross-linguistic typology of reduplication, and develop new insights into the nature of systemic diachronic change of phonological grammars.