Professor of Linguistics

Office: Vollum 313

Department of Linguistics
Reed College
3203 SE Woodstock Blvd
Portland, OR 97202 USA

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I am a professor of Linguistics at Reed College, where I teach subjects related to formal linguistic theory and analysis, especially syntax, typology, morphology, semantics, and field methods. I have served as chair of the interdisciplinary Linguistics program (2001-04, 2005-06) and the Linguistics Department (2006-08, 2009-2011, 2012-2015); as well as chair of the Division of Philosophy, Religion, Psychology, and Linguistics (2007-08, 2011-2012, 2015-2016).

My specialization is formal (generative) syntactic theory, language variation, and language description and fieldwork. My research focuses on the languages of the Austronesian family, particularly Malagasy (the language of Madagascar) and its close relatives. Specific in­ter­ests of mine include:


University of California, Los Angeles — Ph.D. in Linguistics, 2001
Dissertation: The clause structure of Malagasy: A minimalist approach
Co-advisors: Edward L. Keenan, Timothy Stowell

University of California, Los Angeles — M.A. in Linguistics, 1996
Thesis: Raising and restructuring in Malagasy existentials
Advisor: Anoop Mahajan

Reed College — B.A. in Linguistics, 1992
Thesis: On the peculiar behaviour of the Swedish s-passive: Relation-changing operations and
the analysis of multifunctional surface markers

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Papers and Presentations

PhD Thesis

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The Linguistics Society of America
The Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association