I'm a third year Ph.D. student in Linguistics at the University of California, Santa Cruz. My interests include (but are not limited to) theoretical syntax and phonology and the ways they interact, information structure, languages of Mesoamerica and East Africa, and fieldwork. Before coming to Santa Cruz, I investigated the effect of geminates on stress and reduplication in Amharic, specifically looking at how these patterns confirm predictions of Moraic Theory. For my first qualifying paper, I investigated the interaction between focus and resumptive pronouns in Somali. Currently, I am working with speakers of San Martín Peras Mixtec in California to investigate the prosody of focus.
I am the coordinator of the Workshop of the languages of Meso-America and I am an active member of the Nido de Lenguas project, a collaboration between residents of the Monterey Bay area and linguists to celebrate and protect the indigenous languages spoken in our community.
Spring 2019: Thursdays from 1:00-2:00 digitally, here