Employment & Education

2017—
Associate Professor, University of California, Santa Cruz.
2013—2017
Assistant Professor, University of California, Santa Cruz.
2011—2013
Postdoctoral Fellow (American Council of Learned Societies New Faculty Fellow), Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
2010—2011
Visiting Assistant Professor, University of California, Los Angeles.
2006—2010
Doctor of Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley, Linguistics.
Dissertation: Association with foci Download
2004—2006
Master of Arts, University of California, Berkeley, Linguistics.
1999—2003
Bachelor of Science with highest distinction, University of Virginia, Biology & Linguistics.
Thesis: Breast cancer tumorigenicity (Biology), Vowel length in modern Farsi (Linguistics)

Publications

Journal articles

15.
The imperfective semantics of durative gemination in Northern Paiute. International Journal of American Linguistics, 2017, 83(3): 561–601. Download
14.
The temporal interpretation of clause chaining in Northern Paiute. Language, 2016, 92(4): 850–889. Download
13.
Embedding the antecedent in gapping: Low coordination and the role of parallelism. Linguistic Inquiry, 2016, 47(2): 381–390. Download
12.
Two types of deverbal nominalization in Northern Paiute. Language, 2014, 90(4): 786–833. Download
11.
Contrast and the structure of discourse. Semantics and Pragmatics, 2014, 7(4): 1–57. Download
10.
Descent and diffusion in language diversification: A study of Western Numic dialectology. With Molly Babel, Andrew Garrett, and Michael J. Houser. International Journal of American Linguistics, 2013, 79(4): 445–489. Download
9.
Corrective but coordinates clauses not always but sometimes. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, 2013, 31(3): 827–863. Download
8.
Mono Lake Northern Paiute. With Molly Babel and Michael J. Houser. Journal of the International Phonetic Association, 2012, 42(2): 233–243. Download
7.
A defective auxiliary in Danish. With Michael J. Houser and Line Mikkelsen. Journal of Germanic Linguistics, 2011, 23(3): 245–298. Download
6.
Patterns of nominalization in Numic. International Journal of American Linguistics, 2010, 76(1): 71–100. Download
5.
Ellipsis in Farsi complex predicates. Syntax, 2009, 12(1): 60–92. Download
4.
Wh-movement and the syntax of sluicing. Journal of Linguistics, 2008, 44(3): 677–722. Download
3.
Nonsyntactic ordering effects in noun incorporation. With Gabriela Caballero, Michael J. Houser, Nicole Marcus, Teresa McFarland, Anne Pycha, and Johanna Nichols. Linguistic Typology, 2008, 12(3): 383–421. Download
2.
Vowel length in modern Farsi. Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 2004, 14(3): 241–251. Download
1.
Src-dependent association of Cas and p85 phosphatidylinositol 3′-kinase in v-crk-transformed cells. With Amy H. Bouton, Regina M. DeBerry, and Rebecca B. Riggins. Molecular Cancer Research, 2003, 1(6): 428–437.

Invited Contributions

3.
Persian. The Oxford handbook of ellipsis, Jeroen van Craenenbroeck and Tanja Temmerman, eds., to appear. Download
2.
Quantification in Persian. With Hayedeh Nasser. Handbook of quantifiers in natural language, 2nd edition, Edward L. Keenan and Denis Paperno, eds., to appear. Download
1.
On reaching agreement early (and late). Asking the right questions: Essays in honor of Sandra Chung, Jason Ostrove, Ruth Kramer, and Joseph Sabbagh, eds., 2017, 124–138. Download

Other Publications

13.
Unifying canonical, historical, and play-by-play present. With Pranav Anand. Sinn und Bedeutung, to appear, 21. Download
12.
Vocabulary insertion and locality: Verb suppletion in Northern Paiute. North East Linguistic Society (NELS), 2015, 46: 247–256. Download
11.
Achievements in Northern Paiute. Semantics of Underrepresented Languages in the Americas (SULA), 2014, 8:105–120. Download
10.
The syntax of nominal concord: What ezafe in Zazaki shows us. With Coppe van Urk. North East Linguistic Society (NELS), 2013, 43(2):209–220. Download
9.
The role of nominalization in Northern Paiute relative clause formation. Workshop on the Structure and Constituency of Languages of the Americas (WSCLA), 2011, 16:151–165. Download
8.
Scalar reasoning and the semantics of let alone. Chicago Linguistic Society (CLS), 2010, 44:51–64. Download
7.
The relevance of focus: The case of let alone reopened. University of Massachusetts Occasional Papers in Linguistics (UMOP), 2009, 39:105–123. Download
6.
Letting negative polarity alone for let alone. Semantics and Linguistic Theory (SALT), 2009, 18:729–746. Download
5.
Review of Modality, aspect, and negation in Persian by Azita H. Taleghani. LinguistList, 2009, 20.1932. Link
4.
Verb Phrase Pronominalization in Danish: Deep or surface anaphora? With Michael J. Houser and Line Mikkelsen. Western Conference on Linguistics (WECOL), 2007, 34:183–195. Download
3.
v-Stranding VPE: Ellipsis in Farsi complex predicates. North East Linguistic Society (NELS), 2006, 36:639–652. Download
2.
Review of Timbisha (Panamint) by Michael E. McLaughlin. LinguistList, 2006, 17.2840. Link
1.
The loss of ergativity in Dari modal verbs. With Annahita Farudi. Oxford Working Papers in Linguistics, Philology, and Phonetics, 2005, 10:155–167.

Presentations

Invited talks

28.
When the past is in the present: Unifying canonical and noncanonical uses of the present tense. Department of Linguistics colloquium, University of Arizona, November 4, 2016.
27.
Texts in transition: Languages and linguistics of the Native West. With Amy Rose Deal, Line Mikkelsen, Sarah Murray, and Justin Spence. Panel discussion at Semantics of Under-Represented Languages in the Americas (SULA) 9, University of California, Santa Cruz, May 6, 2016.
26.
How imperfect is the imperfective aspect? Durative gemination in Northern Paiute and crosslinguistic variation in aspectual semantics. Department of Linguistics Colloquium, Boston University, October 14, 2015.
25.
The syntax of information structure: Evidence from Persian. Minicourse in the Department of Linguistics, University of California, Los Angeles, April 21–24, 2015.
24.
Where is meaning in discourse? The interpretation of clause chaining in Northern Paiute. Department of Linguistics colloquium, University of California, Berkeley, February 9, 2015.
23.
Uncovering verb meaning in Northern Paiute. Group in American Indian Languages (GAIL), University of California, Berkeley, November 19, 2014.
22.
Agreement in Zazaki and the nature of nominal concord. Syntax and Semantics Circle, University of California, Berkeley, April 25, 2014.
21.
The temporal interpretation of clause chaining in Northern Paiute. Department of Linguistics colloquium, University of California, San Diego, April 14, 2014.
20.
The temporal interpretation of clause chaining in Northern Paiute. Department of Linguistics colloquium, Rice University, February 6, 2014.
19.
Agreement in Zazaki and the nature of nominal concord. Syntax and Morphology Circle, Stanford University, November 5, 2013.
18.
Clause chaining in Northern Paiute. 18th Workshop on the Structure and Constituency of Languages of the Americas (WSCLA), University of California, Berkeley, April 6, 2013.
17.
Gapping is VP-ellipsis. Department of Linguistics colloquium, Cornell University, February 28, 2013.
16.
Gapping is VP-ellipsis. Department of Linguistics colloquium, Northwestern University, February 25, 2013.
15.
Gapping is VP-ellipsis. Department of Linguistics colloquium, University of Rochester, February 22, 2013.
14.
Gapping is VP-ellipsis. Department of Linguistics colloquium, Wayne State University, February 11, 2013.
13.
Gapping is VP-ellipsis. Department of Linguistics colloquium, University of California, Santa Cruz, February 7, 2013.
12.
Coordination and subordination in Northern Paiute. American Indian Seminar, University of California, Los Angeles, August 27, 2012.
11.
Temporal interpretation and discourse structure in Northern Paiute. Department of Linguistics colloquium, Stony Brook University, April 27, 2012.
10.
Contrast and the structure of discourse. Brown University, November 10, 2011.
9.
The role of nominalization in Northern Paiute relative clause formation. Seminar on internally headed relative clauses, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, October 26, 2011.
8.
The role of nominalization in Northern Paiute embedding. Syntax Square, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, February 14, 2011.
7.
What’s in a noun? Deverbal nominalization in Northern Paiute. Department of Linguistics colloquium, McGill University, February 3, 2011.
6.
What’s in a noun? Deverbal nominalization in Northern Paiute. Department of Linguistics colloquium, University of Ottawa, January 17, 2011.
5.
What’s in a noun? Deverbal nominalization in Northern Paiute. Department of Linguistics colloquium, University of California, Santa Cruz, October 1, 2010.
4.
Scales, scalar implicatures, and let alone. Scale: A workshop on scales, comparison and their linguistic expression, Stanford University, April 17, 2010.
3.
Multifunctional nominalization in Northern Paiute. Department of Linguistics colloquium, Stanford University, February 19, 2010.
2.
The distribution and interpretation of focus: Evidence from English and Persian adversatives. Department of Linguistics colloquium, Harvard University, March 5, 2009.
1.
How to sluice in a wh-in situ language. Syntax Reading Group, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, May 7, 2008.

Conference presentations

34.
No explanation for the historical present: Temporal sequencing and discourse. With Pranav Anand. Sinn und Bedeutung 22, Potsdam-Berlin, September 8, 2017.
33.
Forbidden clitic clusters: Implications for the Person-Case Constraint. With Steven Foley and Nick Kalivoda. Chicago Linguistic Society (CLS) 53, May 25, 2017.
32.
Gender-Case Constraints in Zapotec. With Steven Foley and Nick Kalivoda. Workshop on the Structure and Constituency of Languages in the Americas (WSCLA), University of British Columbia, April 22, 2017.
31.
Gender hierarchies in Zapotec. Poster at DP@60 Workshop, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, February 11, 2017.
30.
The derivation of verb-initiality in Santiago Laxopa Zapotec. With Jeff Adler, Steven Foley, Jed Sam Pizarro-Guevara, and Kelsey Sasaki. Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas, Austin, January 7, 2017. Handout
29.
Unifying the canonical, historical, and play-by-play present. With Pranav Anand. Sinn und Bedeutung 21, University of Edinburgh, September 6, 2016. Handout
28.
Vocabulary insertion and locality: Verb suppletion in Northern Paiute. Poster at the 46 Annual Meeting of the of the North East Linguistic Society (NELS), Concordia University, October 17, 2015. Poster
27.
The semantics of durative gemination in Northern Paiute. Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas, Portland, January 10, 2015. Handout
26.
The perfective–imperfective distinction in Northern Paiute. Semantics of Underrepresented Languages in the Americas (SULA) 8, May 17, 2014. Handout
25.
The directionality of agreement and nominal concord in Zazaki. With Coppe van Urk. Poster at the 36th Generative Linguistics in the Old World Colloquium (GLOW), April 3, 2013. Poster
24.
Coordination and subordination in Northern Paiute clause chaining. 87th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Boston, January 4, 2013. Handout
23.
Directionality and intervention in nominal concord: Evidence from Zazaki ezafe. With Coppe van Urk. Poster at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society (NELS), City University of New York, Graduate Center, October 19, 2012. Handout
22.
Temporal interpretation and discourse structure in Northern Paiute. 86th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Portland, January 7, 2012. Handout
21.
The role of nominalization in Northern Paiute embedding. 16th Workshop on the Structure and Constituency of Languages of the Americas (WSCLA), University of Massachusetts, Amherst, February 12, 2011. Handout
20.
Adversative but and the proper treatment of gapping. 85th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Pittsburgh, January 8, 2011. Handout
19.
Two exclusives in Persian. 84th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Baltimore, January 8, 2010. Handout
18.
Scalar additives and their interaction with focus. California Universities Semantics and Pragmatics (CUSP), University of California, Los Angeles, May 23, 2009. Handout
17.
Contrastive but involves gapping not in Farsi but in English. 83rd Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, San Francisco, January 8, 2009. Handout
16.
Ergativity and the structure of complex predicates in Dari. With Annahita Farudi. Workshop on Complex Predicates in Iranian, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris III, July 5, 2008. Handout
15.
Scalar reasoning and the semantics of let alone. 44th Regional Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society (CLS), April 24, 2008. Handout
14.
Letting negative polarity alone for let alone. Poster talk at Semantics and Linguistic Theory (SALT) 18, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, March 22, 2008. Poster
13.
Focus fronting and sluicing in Farsi. 82nd Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Chicago, January 5, 2008. Handout
12.
A phonetic sketch of Mono Lake Northern Paiute. With Molly Babel and Michael J. Houser. Poster at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas, Chicago, IL, January 4, 2008. Poster
11.
Obligatory movement and sluicing in a wh-in situ language. 38th Annual Meeting of the Northeast Linguistics Society (NELS), University of Ottawa, October 26, 2007. Handout
10.
Archaism and innovation in Numic nominalization. Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas, Anaheim, January 6, 2007. Handout
9.
Descent vs. diffusion in language diversification: Mono Lake Paiute and Western Numic dialectology. With Molly Babel, Andrew Garrett, and Michael J. Houser. Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas, Anaheim, January 6, 2007. Handout
8.
Danish Verb Phrase Anaphora: Deep or surface? With Michael J. Houser, Line Mikkelsen, and Ange Strom-Weber. Poster at the Western Conference on Linguistics (WECOL), California State University, Fresno, October 28, 2006. Poster
7.
Pluractional reduplication in Northern Paiute. With Michael J. Houser and Reiko Kataoka. Friends of Uto-Aztecan Languages Conference (FUAC), University of Utah, August 23, 2006. Handout
6.
A web-accessible Mono Lake Paiute dictionary and text archive. With Molly Babel, Andrew Garrett, Erin Haynes, Michael Houser, Reiko Kataoka, Fanny Liu, Nicole Marcus, Ruth Rouvier, Ronald Sprouse, and Angela Strom-Weber. Friends of Uto-Aztecan Languages Conference (FUAC), University of Utah, August 23, 2006.
5.
Gøre-support in Danish. With Michael J. Houser, Line Mikkelsen, and Ange Strom-Weber. 21st Comparative Germanic Syntax Workshop, University of California, Santa Cruz, April 1, 2006. Handout
4.
A non-syntactic template for syntactic noun incorporation. With Michael J. Houser. 80th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Albuquerque, January 7, 2006. Handout
3.
Leaving v behind: Ellipsis in Farsi complex predicates. 36th Annual Meeting of the Northeast Linguistics Society (NELS), University of Massachusetts, Amherst, October 8, 2005. Handout
2.
The loss of ergativity in Dari modal verbs. With Annahita Farudi. Topics in Iranian Linguistics, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, June 18, 2005.
1.
The loss of ergativity in Dari modal verbs: Evidence for a universal category of subject. With Annahita Farudi. 6th International Colloquium on the Syntax, Semantics and Pragmatics of Tense, Mood and Aspect (CHRONOS), Geneva, September 22, 2004.

Teaching

University of California, Santa Cruz

Undergraduate
Syntactic structures (Linguistics 111)
Spring 2014, Spring 2016 Syllabus
 
Syntax I (Linguistics 112)
Fall 2014 (cotaught with Sandy Chung)
 
Semantics II (Linguistics 116)
Winter 2017
 
Language typology (Linguistics 124)
Winter 2014, Spring 2015 Syllabus
Graduate
Syntax A (Linguistics 222)
Fall 2016
 
Syntax B (Linguistics 222)
Winter 2015, Winter 2016 Syllabus
 
Syntax seminar (Linguistics 229)
Fall 2013 (Focus), Spring 2017
 
Semantics seminar (Linguistics 239)
Spring 2017 (Tense, aspect, and the structure of discourse)
 
Field methods (Linguistics 282)
Spring 2016 (Santiago Laxopa Zapotec)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Undergraduate
Language and its structure III: Semantics and pragmatics (24.903/24.933)
Spring 2012, Spring 2013 Syllabus
 
Field methods in linguistics (24.909)
Spring 2012 (Zazaki), Spring 2013 (Uyghur) Syllabus
Graduate
Topics in the syntax and semantics of a language family (24.943)
Fall 2011 (Iranian) Syllabus
 
More advanced syntax (24.955)
Fall 2012 (cotaught with Sabine Iatridou) Syllabus

University of California, Los Angeles

Undergraduate
Introduction to linguistics (Linguistics 20)
Spring 2011
 
Syntax I (Linguistics 120B)
Winter 2011, Spring 2011
Graduate
Syntactic theory I (Linguistics 200B)
Fall 2010
 
Topics in syntax and semantics (Linguistics 252A)
Winter 2011 (Ellipsis in crosslinguistic perspective)

Teaching Assistant

Semantics (LSA 314)
2009 Linguistic Society of America Summer Institute (Instructor: Chris Barker)
Introduction to syntax and semantics (Linguistics 120)
University of California, Berkeley, Spring 2008 (Instructor: Line Mikkelsen)
Comparative and historical linguistics (Linguistics 130)
University of California, Berkeley, Fall 2007 (Instructor: Andrew Garrett)
Introduction to linguistic science (Linguistics 100)
University of California, Berkeley, Spring 2006 (Instructor: Line Mikkelsen)

Advising

Dissertation Committees

Bern Samko (2016)

Qualifying Paper and Master's Thesis Committees

Nathaniel Clair (2016), Karen Duek (2015), Isaac Gould (2013), Hitomi Hirayama (chair, 2016), Nick Kalivoda (2014; 2015), Kesley Kraus (2016), Kelsey Sasaki (in progress), Clara Sherley-Appel (2014), Wataru Uegaki (2012), Jake Vicent (in progress)

Undergraduate Research Projects

Camille DeJarnett (2012–2013), Timothy Ho (2011), Tom Roberts (2012–2013), Sabrina Tran (2017, Merrill College Undergraduate Research Mentorship Program)

Awards

Research grants

21.
Universal language processing principles in Santiago Laxopa Zapotec ($16,000). With Matt Wagers. Special Research Grant, Committee on Research, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2017.
20.
Tools for linguistic self-discovery: Empowering California’s Oaxacan communities ($29,967). With Pranav Anand. Engaging Humanities Grant, University of California Humanities Research Institute, 2017.
19.
From Pajaro Valley to Silicon Valley: A campus-community partnership for the twenty-first century ($12,000). With Pranav Anand. Board Opportunity Fund, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2017.
18.
From Pajaro Valley to Silicon Valley: A campus-community partnership for the twenty-first century ($7,500). With Pranav Anand. Institute for Humanities Research, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2016.
17.
Narrative building blocks: Digital resources for linguistic and literary investigation ($5,000). With Pranav Anand. Research Cluster, Institute for Humanities Research, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2016.
16.
Sentence stress in Northern Paiute and beyond ($2,000). Faculty Research Grant, Committee on Research, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2016.
15.
The interpretation of imperfective aspect in Northern Paiute ($2,964). Jacobs Research Fund Individual Grant, 2015.
14.
How do languages vary? Aspect and its interpretation in discourse ($14,625). Hellman Fellowship, 2015.
13.
Verb agreement in Northern Paiute ($2,000). Faculty Research Grant, Committee on Research, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2015.
12.
Texts in transition: Languages and linguistics of the Native West ($14,931). With Amy Rose Deal. Multi-Campus Faculty Working Group, University of California Humanities Research Institute, 2015.
11.
Temporal interpretation without tense in Northern Paiute ($1,950). New Faculty Research Grant, Committee on Research, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2013.
10.
Tense and temporal interpretation in Northern Paiute ($2,990). Individual Grant, Jacobs Research Fund, 2013.
9.
Tense and temporal interpretation in Northern Paiute ($1,000). Phillips Fund Grant for Native American Research, American Philosophical Society, 2013.
8.
A community-based online audio dictionary for Mono Lake Northern Paiute ($4,970). Sven and Astrid Liljeblad Endowment Fund Grant in Great Basin Studies, 2011.
7.
Nominalization and temporal relations in Northern Paiute ($2,000). Phillips Fund Grant for Native American Research, 2011.
6.
Nominalization and temporal relations in Northern Paiute ($2,995). Jacobs Research Fund Individual Grant, 2011.
5.
A community-based oral history project for Zoroastrian Dari ($1,850). With Annahita Farudi. Endangered Language Fund Grant, 2010.
4.
Mono Lake Northern Paiute Project ($4,630). With Molly Babel and Michael J. Houser. Sven and Astrid Liljeblad Endowment Fund Grant in Great Basin Studies, 2008.
3.
Mono Lake Northern Paiute Community Text Project ($550). With Molly Babel and Michael J. Houser. Foundation for Endangered Languages Grant, 2008.
2.
Dari Language Project (£3,000). With Annahita Farudi. Iran Heritage Foundation Grant, 2004.
1.
Dari Language Project ($4,500). With Annahita Farudi. Roshan Cultural Heritage Foundation Grant, 2004.

Fellowships

2008–2009
Dean’s Normative Time Fellowship. University of California, Berkeley.
2007
Linguistic Society of America Summer Institute Fellowship.
2005–2008
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship.
2005
Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (Persian). University of California, Berkeley.

Service

Editorial and Review Boards

Semantics and Pragmatics (2013–), Snippets (2017–)

Reviewing

Journals
Canadian Journal of Linguistics, Journal of Linguistics, Journal of Pragmatics, Journal of South Asian Linguistics, Language, Lingua, Linguistic Inquiry, The Linguistic Review, Linguistics and Philosophy, Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, Semantics and Pragmatics, Studia Linguistica, Syntax
Conference
Generative Linguistics in the Old World (GLOW), GLOW in Asia, Linguistic Society of America Annual Meeting, Northeast Linguistics Society (NELS), Semantics and Linguistic Theory (SALT), West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (WCCFL)
Books
Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press
Grants
National Science Foundation

Campus and university service

2016-2018
Member, Faculty Senate Committee on Information Technology (CIT), University of California, Santa Cruz.

Department service

2016–
Associate Graduate Program Director.
2016
Editor, What's Happening at Santa Cruz (WHASC) department newsletter.
2014–2016
Faculty Coordinator, Events Committee.
2014
Organizer, Linguistics Undergraduate Research Conference (LURC).

Other service

2016
Organizer, Semantics of Under-Represented Languages in the Americas (SULA) 9, University of California, Santa Cruz.
2012
Mentor (Mono language), Breath of Life Workshop for California Indian Languages, University of California, Berkeley.
2010
Mentor (Cahuilla language), Breath of Life Workshop for California Indian Languages, University of California, Berkeley.
2008
Mentor (Cahuilla and Luiseño languages), Breath of Life Workshop for California Indian Languages, University of California, Berkeley.
2007
Organizing committee member, 26th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (WCCFL).
2006
Organizing committee member, 32nd Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society (BLS).
2005
Coorganizer, Workshop on Identity in Ellipsis, University of California, Berkeley.
2005
Organizing committee member. 31st Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society (BLS).