About me

I am a third year student in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Maryland, College Park, where I am advised by Norbert Hornstein and Howard Lasnik.

My research interests are in syntax, syntax-semantics, and parsing.

At the moment, I am primarily interested in long-distance dependencies, which, in my eyes, is one of the magics of linguistic cognition, and perhaps cognition in general. How can certain dependencies span over multiple clause boundaries while most can’t, and when and why do they break down? I am looking at successive-cyclicity in Sluicing, as well as at evidence from floating quantifiers for successive-cyclicity in German wh-questions.

In the parsing domain, I am collaborating with Zoe Ovans and Ellen Lau looking into the question of whether there are any grounds to posit continuous representations, the test case being how agreement attraction is judged on a continuous scale.

I am also getting drawn to the prized question of how language is learned. While I am still just engaging in the tradition of making armchair contributions (What is the range of hypotheses at the Learner’s disposal?), I am preparing a project on speaker variation in the grammar of the Exceptional Case Marking construction in English to see what it might tell us about the learning and learnability of Raising vs. exceptional case-marking. This is inspirational to me in this respect right now.

CV

My CV can be found here.

Presentations

Talks
[2017]. (with Sandhya Sundaresan) ‘Proxy Control: Extending the Typology of Control in Grammar’. Generative Linguistics in the Old World (GLOW) in Asia XI, Singapore.
[2016]. (with Sandhya Sundaresan) ‘Proxy Control: A New Form of Control in Grammar’. Israel Association for Theoretical Linguistics (IATL) 32, Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
[2016]. (with Sandhya Sundaresan) ‘Covert Pronouns in Modal Infinitives License Deep Subject Control in Passives and Proxy Control’. Pronouns: Morphosyntax, Semantics and Processing (PMSSP) in Salvador, Brazil.
[2014]. ‘Hard and Soft Person-Case Constraints’. Comparative Germanic Syntax Workshop (CGSW) 29 in York, UK.
[2013]. ‘The Super-Strong Person-Case Constraint: Scarcity of Resources by Scale-Driven Impoverishment’. Annual Meeting of the DGfS (German Linguistics Association) in Potsdam, Germany. Workshop ‘Interaction of Syntactic Primitives’.

Posters
[2016]. (with Sandhya Sundaresan) ‘Proxy Control’. Comparative Germanic Syntax Workshop (CGSW) 31, Stellenbosch University, South Africa.
[2016]. ‘The Cazzo-of-N Construction and its Non-Minimal Agreement Pattern in Italian’. Conference of the Student Organisation of Linguistics in Europe (ConSOLE) XXIV in York, UK.
[2014]. ‘The Super-Strong Person-Case Constraint: Scarcity of Resources by Scale-Driven Impoverishment’. Conference of the Student Organisation of Linguistics in Europe (ConSOLE) XXII in Lisbon, Portugal.

Invited Talks
[2017]. ‘Wh-quantifier floating in German’. Institut für Linguistik, University of Leipzig.
[2016]. (with Sandhya Sundaresan) ‘Proxy Control’. Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaften (ZAS) in Berlin.

Publications

Journal Articles
[under review]. (with Sandhya Sundaresan) Proxy Control: Extending Control Typology in Grammar. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory.

Conference Proceedings
[2017]. (with Sandhya Sundaresan) ‘Proxy Control: A New Form of Control in Grammar’. In: N. Brandel, ed., Proceedings of IATL 2016. MIT Working Papers in Linguistics 86.
[2017]. (with Sandhya Sundaresan) ‘Proxy Control: Extending the Typology of Control in Grammar’. In: M. Y. Erlewine and Y. Sato, eds., Proceedings of GLOW Asia XI, Volume 1. MIT Working Papers in Linguistics 84.
[2016]. ‘Agree and Minimality in the DP: The challenge from the Cazzo-of-N construction in Italian’. In: K. Bellamy et al., eds., Proceedings of ConSOLE XXIV in York, pp. 88–111.
[2014]. ‘The Super-Strong Person-Case Constraint: Scarcity of Resources by Scale-Driven Impoverishment’. In: M. Kohlberger et al., eds., Proceedings of ConSOLE XXII in Lisbon, pp. 58–80.

Working Papers
[2016]. ‘Noun Formation by Verb Reduplication in Italian’. In: K. Barnickel et al., eds., Linguistische Arbeitsberichte 93. University of Leipzig, pp. 215–227.
[2016]. (with Sandhya Sundaresan) ‘Proxy Control: A New Species of Obligatory Control Under Modality’. In: K. Barnickel et al., eds., Linguistische Arbeitsberichte 93. University of Leipzig, pp. 447–482.
[2013]. ‘The Super-Strong Person-Case Constraint: Scarcity of Resources through Scale-Driven Impoverishment’. In: F. Heck and A. Assmann, eds., Linguistische Arbeitsberichte 90. University of Leipzig, pp. 177–201.

last updated: September 18, 2018
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