Academics

I study Theoretical Linguistics at the CUNY Graduate Center. My research interests include the syntax-prosody interface, human sentence processing, and experimental linguistics. I am currently writing my dissertation on prepositional phrase attachment garden path effects in interrogatives and declaratives.

For more details, please download my CV.

Courses taught

  • Language​ ​in​ ​Context:​ The societal implications of language, dialect, grammar and
    the hierarchies built around these systems.
  • Introduction​ ​to​ ​Language:​ The basics of language, linguistics, and grammar.
  • The Structure of English Words: An introduction to morphology and etymology,
    with an emphasis on English.
  • The​ ​Sound​ ​Structure​ ​of​ ​English:​ The basics of phonetics and phonology, with an
    emphasis on English.

Selected Papers

Some samples of my academic writing.

Regarding “Minimalist Approaches to Locality of Movement” and the tucking in phenomenon

April, 2010. Article review for Syntax II taught by Christina Tortora at the CUNY Graduate Center.

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The That-Trace Effect in Minimalism

May, 2010. Term paper for Syntax II taught by Christina Tortora at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Abstract
I propose that the complementizer that is a lexical item which is distinct in its properties from its null counterpart. It is these differing properties (specifically, that bears and selects for φ-features while the null declarative does not) which result in the differing behavior observed between that and the null declarative complementizer.

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Comments on “Dissimilation, Assimilation and Vowel Reduction”

April, 2011. Article review written for “Issues in Slavic Phonology and Phonetics” taught by Maria Gouskova and Lisa Davidson at NYU.

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On labial sequences in Austronesian

May, 2012. First qualifying paper.

Advised by Juliette Blevins, PhD.

Abstract
Many Austronesian languages bar Labial – V0 – Labial sequences, which occur as a result of infixation with a particular infix *-um-, reconstructed for Proto-Austronesian and inherited by the languages discussed. These languages appear to use diverse repair strategies for such sequences, e.g. fusion of the offending consonants, gaps in the morphological paradigms, or reanalysis of the infix as a prefix (Zuraw and Lu 2009). Because this phenomena bears on many divergent genetically related languages, and appears to be morphologically restricted to patterns with reflexes of *-um-, diachronic exploration is likely to be fruitful. I will explore a subset of the repair strategies, providing an overview of possible synchronic analyses (cf. Alderete 1997), and attempt to motivate a novel diachronic phonetically-motivated analysis, in line with the typology of sound change codified in Evolutionary Phonology (Blevins 2004).

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On Japanese Unpronounced Arguments

June, 2015. Term paper for Syntax Seminar on Parasitic Gaps taught by Jon Nissenbaum at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Abstract
Abe (2011) provides convincing evidence that parasitic gaps exist in Japanese,contra to Takahashi’s (2006) claim that apparent parasitic gaps should be analyzedas argument ellipses. This paper seeks to potentially support and simplifyAbe’s (2011) parasitic gap analysis. It reviews the nominal empty categoriesthat must be assumed to be part of the Japanese inventory by Abe’s(2011) as well as Takahashi’s (2006) analysis, and suggests that minor refinementsto Abe’s (2011) might allow for a simpler null nominal inventory forJapanese that more closely match the inventory of such null elements thatare predicted by Universal Grammar.

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