I am a PhD candidate in the Linguistics Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. I am especially interested in exploring how fieldwork on understudied languages, especially Navajo (Diné Bizaad), can inform and guide formal semantic theory. I work on the semantics of attitudes of belief and desire, modality, adjectives, and modification in both Navajo and English.
- Speaking on Navajo attitudes (their analysis and what they can tell us about semantic variation/universality in the domain of attitudes) at the University of Maryland, April 21-22.
- Presented a paper ‘Decomposing attitudes: The view from Navajo‘ at the January 2015 meeting of the LSA.
- Invited speaker at SULA 8 (Semantics of Under-represented Languages in the Americas) at the University of British Columbia, May 16-18, 2014, where I presented the paper ‘The decomposition of belief and desire ‘.I spoke about a single attitude predicate in Navajo (nízin) used both to express attitudes of desire (‘want’) and belief (‘think’), which is the focus of my dissertation.
- Presented a paper (‘Interpreting DP-modifying modal adverbs‘) at SALT 24, held at NYU, May 30-June 1, 2014. My presentation examined opaque and transparent interpretations of DPs modified by epistemic modal adverbs.
Papers and handouts for download: (for more, see my CV)
- 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