I am a third year Linguistics Ph.D. student at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. I am particularly interested in syntax and the syntax-semantics interface. The CP layer is dear to me and I have worked on Q-particles, relativization strategies, multiple questions, embedded questions and semi-questions.
More recently, I’ve been working on Somali pronouns and definite determiners in Somali with Deniz Özyıldız. I’m also working on Binding (specifically Principle B) and illusory effects for strong NPIs and n-words in Romanian.
Here’s something my CV won’t tell you: I am an unquestionable expert in all things Harry Potter.
rivan (at) linguist.umass.edu