I'm a second-year PhD student in Linguistics at the University of California, Santa Cruz. My research is centered around formal syntax and prosody, with an empirical focus on Mandar (Austronesian; Central Indonesia). I believe that careful work on lesser-studied languages has potential to cast light on the most fundamental questions of generative theory.
I am interested in ergativity, A'-extraction, and the pressures behind movement at large. My current work focuses on a positional restriction on definite objects in Mandar. This is part of a broader project on Austronesian voice and High Absolutive syntax.
My primary advisor is Sandra Chung.
Contact: ddbrodki (at) ucsc (dot) edu