currently completing the MA portion of the BA/MA
pathway. My research focuses primarily on syntax (how sentences are
built), but my thesis work has led me to look beyond the combinatorial
system and ask how meaning is composed from those parts (semantics). To
do my thesis work, I draw many of my observations from corpora, which
allow me to look at how certain kinds of sentence structures occur in
natural discourse contexts, thus also leading me to ask questions
related to pragmatic licensing of structure and interpretation. My
advisor who has provided me with much guidance on this work is Jim McCloskey, with whom I
also work as a member of the Santa
Cruz Ellipsis Group.
It is on this project that I work as an annotator, with graduate
students Mansi Desai
and Lydia Werthen,
to make publicly available a database of naturally occurring sluices.
To learn more about the project, click here.