I am a third 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.
I collaborate 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 a member of the Zapotec Language Project at the University of California, Santa Cruz. In conjunction with Maya Wax Cavallaro and John (Jack) Duff, we am working on understanding the tonal system in Santiago Laxopa Zapotec and how it interacts with the syntax-prosody interface, word and sentence stress, and phonation.
I am an amatuer bookbinder and am always looking for ways to continue practicing this craft.
I have also recently taken up crocheting again after a decade long hiatus.