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I am a doctoral candidate in the Cornell Linguistics Department. I recently completed two fieldwork trips in Chiapas, Mexico with Ch'ol, funded by a graduate research grant from Engaged Cornell. Between these fieldwork trips, I was a visiting scholar at Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Düsseldorf, Germany at the Collaborative Research Centre 991. In December 2018, I was awarded a doctoral dissertation research improvement grant jointly funded by NSF's Documenting Endangered Languages and Linguistics programs to investitate overt definite articles and grammatical variation in dialects of Ch'ol.
My research program brings together syntax, morphology and semantics, rooted in a strong commitment to fieldwork and language documentation. I investigate possible structural variations crosslinguistically and how these structures interface with semantic computation. My theoretical analyses draw on data collected from fieldwork with understudied languages, namely Ch'ol (Mayan, Mexico) and Mi'gmaq (Algonquian, Canada).
2017. MA Cornell University - Linguistics
2012. BA (Honours) McGill University - Double Major in Linguistics and Russian Studies
Ch'ol is a Mayan language spoken in Southern Mexico. Ethnologue estimates the number of speakers at 222,000. It is a head-marking, ergative-absolutive, predicate-initial language. Most of my fieldwork has been done with the Tumbala dialect of Ch'ol in the ejido of San Miguel, Chiapas, Mexico. Check out the Lakty'añ Ch'ol blog for work on documenting the Ch'ol language, including through a National Geographic Explorers Grant and two Engaged Cornell grants.
Mi'gmaq is an Algonquian Language Spoken in Eastern Canada. Mi'gmaq is a polysynthetic language with a very rich verb morphology. I have collaborated with Mi'gmaq language teachers and developed a number of resources. Check out the Mi'gmaq Grammar Wiki for info on grammatical features in Mi'gmaq. To learn some basic phrases in Mi'gmaq, check out these flashcards on Quizlet. For more information on the Mi'gmaq project see the Mi'gmaq Research Partnership homepage.