I’m a third year PhD student in the Linguistics program at UC Santa Cruz. My broad research interests are morphosyntax, psycholinguistics, and the languages of the Caucasus (especially Georgian) & Mesoamerica (especially Zapotec languages).
Much of my research has revolved around Georgian’s complex case & agreement systems. On the theoretical side, I’ve explored an Optimality Theoretic approach to the language’s agreement morphology, arguing that optimization sheds light on
the system’s patterns of multiple exponence.
On the experimental side, I’m currently working on a self-paced reading time study that explores how morphological cues from Georgian’s split-ergative case system influence online syntactic processing.
I’m also involved in UCSC’s Mesoamerican language research group, WLMA. Recent fieldwork with my colleagues on Santiago Laxopa Zapotec has investigated the language’s pronimal clitic system, which exhibits patterns challenging for current theories of Person–Case Constraints.
Contact me at: srfoley snail ucsc pebble edu