I am a PhD candidate in linguistics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. My dissertation examines the compositional semantics of attitude reports of belief and desire, drawing in particular on data from Navajo (Diné Bizaad) but also from English, German, and Romance languages. My other work examines topics including subsentential modal modifiers in English (e.g. possibly the best pizza in NYC) and the semantics of adjectives and adjectival modifiers both in Navajo and in English.
I am interested in the question of how understudied languages (and understudied varieties of better-studied languages, including English(es)) can inform semantic theory and deepen our understanding of points of semantic universality and variation.
- Awarded a Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant by the NSF, entitled ‘Expressing attitudes of belief and desire in Navajo’ [#BCS-1451265].
- Spoke on Navajo attitudes (their analysis and what they can tell us about semantic variation/universality in the domain of attitudes) as an invited speaker at the University of Maryland, April 21-22, 2015.
Papers and handouts for download: (for more, see my CV)
- Decomposing attitudes: The view from Navajo. 2015. Handout from talk at the January 2015 meeting of the LSA in Portland, Oregon.
- Interpreting DP-modifying modal adverbs. 2014. Handout from talk at SALT 24 at New York University. To appear in proceedings from SALT 24.
- The decomposition of belief and desire. 2014. Handout from invited talk at SULA 8 (Semantics of Under-represented Languages in the Americas) at the University of British Columbia.
- Decomposing Notions of Adjectival Transitivity in Navajo. 2013. Natural Language Semantics 21(3): 277-314.
- Modification of DPs by epistemic modal adverbs. 2013. In the proceedings of the Amsterdam Colloquium 2013.
- Investigating gradable predicates, comparison, and degree constructions in underrepresented languages. To appear in Methodologies in Semantic Fieldwork, M. Ryan Bochnak and Lisa Matthewson, eds. Oxford University Press.
- Wondering about the alternatives in Navajo. To appear in Proceedings of WCCFL 31.
- A focus sensitive modal operator in Navajo. 2013. UMass ms. Longer paper related to WCCFL 31 proceedings paper.
- Expressing uncertainty with gisa in Tshangla. To appear in Proceedings of WCCFL 31. With Anisa Schardl.
- Slightly coerced: Processing evidence for adjectival coercion by minimizers. To appear in Proceedings of the 48th Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society: Parasession on Meaning and Cognition.
- Processing Evidence for the Scales of Negative Evaluative Adjectives. 2011. UMass ms. Longer paper related to CLS 48 proceedings paper.
- Positively Uninformative. 2010. In the proceedings of the MIT Workshop on Comparatives.
Other papers and handouts:
- To appear. Interpreting DP-modifying modal adverbs. Proceedings of Semantics and Linguistic Theory (SALT) 24, ed. Todd Snider. Ithaca: CLC Publications.
- 2012, May. Generation of alternatives in Navajo: The case of daats’í.. Paper presented at the 7th meeting of Semantics of Under-represented Languages in the Americas (SULA 7). Cornell University.
- Expressing Possibility in Navajo. 2012. Handout from poster presented at SSILA Winter Meeting 2012.
- Distribution and Function of Comparative Aspect in Athabaskan/Dene. 2010. In Proceedings of the 2009 Athabaskan Languages Conference. Justin Spence and Siri Tuttle, eds. Fairbanks, AK: ANLC.
- Gradability and Degree Constructions in Navajo. 2008. Swarthmore College, unpublished BA thesis.
- Navajo Degree Constructions and the Decompositional Analysis of Gradable Predicates. 2009. Presented at 83rd LSA Meeting
- The Morphosyntax of Navajo Comparatives and the Degree Argument. 2009. Presented at 2009 meeting of SSILA, San Francisco.
Volume edited: SULA 6: Proceedings of the Sixth Meeting on the Semantics of Under-represented Languages in the Americas and SULA-Bar. 2012. GLSA Publications. For material not linked to here, email me. Department of Linguistics N408 Integrative Learning Center
University of Massachusetts 650 North Pleasant Street Amherst, MA 01003-1100, USA