I’m a Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow (a tenure-track faculty member) in syntax in the Department of Linguistics at the University of
Chicago. My research is driven by the following questions:
(1) What principles, elementary operations, and atomic elements determine how lexical items can and can’t be combined to form larger syntactic units?
(2) Which of those principles and operations are universal, which vary from language to language, and why?
(3) What are their cognitive (and other) underpinnings?
I’m interested in many syntactic processes and phenomena: (External and
Internal) Merge, constituency, selection, projection, adjunction,
clause structure and functional sequences, “wordhood” and (anti)mirror
effects, and more.
In short, I seek to characterize the elementary operations that build syntactic structures and to determine why they have the properties they do. I’ve worked on P’urhepecha, English, Latin, and Teotitlán del Valle Zapotec.