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I am a syntactician whose research focuses primarily on the interaction between syntax, morphology, and semantics. Icelandic is the language that I have investigated most closely and I am currently working on a large-scale project which investigates the distribution of ditransitive verbs in Icelandic and Faroese. I am the co-PI, along with Jóhannes Gísli Jónsson at the University of Iceland. The rest of the project team is comprised of Hjalmar Petersen at the University of the Faroe Islands, Einar Freyr Sigurðsson at the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies, Jim Wood at Yale, and Nicole Dehé at the University of Konstanz. This project is funded by Rannís, the Icelandic Research Council. I have also worked with several students to investigate various constructions in Mandarin. I worked with Lydia Ding and Yining Rebecca Liu on infinitival clauses in Mandarin and with Yitong Chen and Nathaniel Chew on aspect markers. Below is a sample of my work. Lecture notes for a couple of my courses can be found to the left.

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  • C.V. (183 KB PDF Document)
    September 2019
  • Proceedings paper for NELS 48
  • This talk outlines the word order facts for ditransitives in Icelandic and provides an analysis of argument inversion based on Bruening's (2010b) proposal for some ditransitives in English.
  • This paper outlines some of the facts and complexities surrounding the DP-DP and DP-PP alternations in Icelandic double object constructions. This paper appears in: LaCara, Nicholas; Moulton, Keir; and Tessier, Anne-Michelle, "A Schrift to Fest Kyle Johnson" (2017). Linguistics Open Access Publications. 1. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.7275/R57D2S95
  • This paper is based on fieldwork and details inter-speaker and intra-speaker variation in dative-nominative constructions in Icelandic. This paper appears in: Z. Hansen, C. Heycock, H. Petersen, and H. Thráinsson, eds. "Syntactic Variation in Insular Scandinavian" (2017). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • This paper explores the contrast between optional agreement in dative-nominative active sentences in Icelandic and obligatory agreement in dative-nominative passives. Linguistic Analysis 40(1-2): 19-53.
  • This is the extended abstract from my 2013 LSA talk. I account for obligatory agreement in passives and optional agreement in constructions with a middle interpretation.
  • This is the handout for my 2013 LSA talk.
  • This is the proceedings paper from NELS 40. I provide an account of the systematic degradation in agreement in different kinds of dative-nominative constructions. This paper appears in: Proceedings of the 40th Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society. Amherst: University of Massachusetts. [Distributed by GLSA].
  • This is the proceedings paper from WCCFL 39. I provide an analysis of obligatory case assignment and optional agreement in dative-nominative constructions in Icelandic. This paper appears in: Proceedings of 29th Meeting of the West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics. Working Papers in Linguistics. Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona Coyote Papers.
  • This is the proceedings paper from WCCFL 35. I provide an analysis of agreement in some Icelandic infinitival constructions. This paper appears in: Proceedings of the 26th Meeting of the West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.
  • Coauthored with my students, Lydia Ding and Yining Rebecca Liu, this paper argues for the existence of subject control clauses in Mandarin. We examine and a variety of diagnostics and present new evidence based on the interpretation of "forget." This paper appears in: Proceedings of the Linguistic Society of America, 1, 28:1-15. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.3765/plsa.v1i0.3727
  • This is a poster from the January 2016 LSA Meeting. This work is a collaboration with my students, Lydia Ding and Rebecca Liu.
  • This is a manuscript which examines semantic theories of plurality in the context of processing.