I am a second year Ph.D. student in the Department of Linguistics at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Prior to coming to Santa Cruz in 2019, I was at the University of North Carolina where I received a Master’s degree in Linguistics. My Masters thesis was “On Subcategorization and PRIORITY: Evidence from Welsh Allomorphy” which was advised by Jennifer L. Smith.
My research primarily focuses on phonology, the study of sound-structure systems in language. However, my current research is interested in questions concerning the phonology’s interfaces to other areas in linguistics, especially the morphological and syntactic components.
Other areas that I focus on includes questions concerning the Celtic and Germanic languages from the Indo-European family and the Zapotecan languages spoken in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Currently, I am working with Eirik Tengesdal from Universitetet i Oslo on providing an analysis of pronominal object shift and its interaction with verbal particles and adverbs in Mainland Scandinavian. Additionally, I am conducting research for my first qualifying paper, with Ivy Sichel as advisor, on the role that prosody plays in the shifting of negative indefinites in North Germanic languages.
I am also assisting with fieldwork on the Oto-Manguean language Santiago Laxopa Zapotec. I am primarily working on discovering the number of tones in this variety and their interactions with stress, phonology, phonation, and prosody.
Besides linguistics, I enjoy reading and learning about all manner of topics which has led me to start implementing the method of commonplacing for collecting all my various intellectual persuits into notebooks for easy accessing. I have a passion for genealogy and spending time with my family both at home playing games or being outside.
I am also an amatuer bookbinder and am always looking for ways to continue practicing this craft.