Linguistic description and theory, phonology, morphology, historical linguistics, language documentation, typology, lexical semantics, lexicography, language and culture, Mesoamerica, Otomanguean languages
2014 Ph.D, University of Texas at Austin
I am an Assistant Professor whose research involves linguistic theory and description informed by a diachronic and typological perspective. I am a fieldworker who approaches language in its social and cultural context, focusing on less-studied languages in order to advance our understanding of linguistic history and what it says about human history more generally, and also to broaden the empirical base for understanding linguistic structure and language use.
I specialize in Zapotecan languages (Chatino and Zapotec), which are spoken mostly in Mexico, and I am interested in all levels of linguistic structure. My various projects involve inflectional classes, tone systems, comparative reconstruction, lexicography, and verbal valency.
Typology of tone
Play language (ludlings)
A grammar of Zenzontepec Chatino
Comparative reconstruction of proto-Chatino and proto-Zapotecan