My specialization in linguistics is theoretical syntax and its interfaces with morphology, semantics, and pragmatics.

 

The ultimate goal of my research is to help uncover principles that govern the mapping between linguistic form and meaning, i.e., how humans come to compute the (intended) meaning of an utterance on the basis of its form.

 

To this end, I have been exploring linguistic topics such as Noun Modification, Grammatical Aspect, Tense and Mood, Existential Sentences, Free Choice, Implicature, E-type Anaphora, Internally-Headed Relative Clauses (e.g., my dissertation), Complementation vs. Modification, Binding, Case, and Possessor Raising.

 

I have secondary interests in language acquisition and have developed several experiments on the acquisition of the syntax and semantics of Standard American English and African American English. I also have growing interests in grammaticalization and heritage langauge maintenance.