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I am a doctoral candidate in the Cornell Linguistics Department.
My research is focused on morphology, syntax and semantics. Much of my work is based on data from the Mayan language Ch'ol and the Algonquian language, Mi'gmaq. I began fieldwork on the Tumbala dialect of Ch'ol in 2015 and Mi'gmaq in 2011. Most recently, I have begun to work on Tojol-ab'al, a Mayan language of the Q'anjob'alan subgroup.
Please check out my page on fieldwork resources for more information on my fieldwork methodologies.
BA (Hons) McGill University - Double Major in Linguistics and Russian Studies
Spring 2017 and Fall 2017 - Instructor for the First Year Writing Seminar Series in Language Thought and Reality
Course title: The Death of Language
Fall 2016 - TA for Introduction to Linguistics (taught by Professor Sarah Murray)
Fall 2015 - Instructor for the First Year Writing Seminar Series in Language Thought and Reality
Course title: Sounds in the World Around Us
Spring 2016 - TA for Native American Languages (taught by Professor Sarah Murray and Professor Michael Hamilton)
Ch'ol is a Mayan language spoken in Southern Mexico. Ethnologue estimates the number of speakers at 145,000. It is a head marking, ergative-absolutive language with a basic word order of VOS (with a bare object) or VSO (with an object with an overt determiner). Most of my fieldwork has been done with the Tumbala dialect of Ch'ol in the ejido of San Miguel, Chiapas, Mexico.
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.