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I am a syntactician whose research focuses primarily on the interaction between syntax and morphology. I am particularly interested in case and agreement phenomena and Icelandic is the language that I have investigated most closely. I also have a budding interest in Mandarin. Thanks to my students, Lydia Ding and Yining Rebecca Liu, I have investigated the question of whether Mandarin contains infinitival clauses. 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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  • CV (August 2017) (171 KB PDF Document)
    My cv
  • 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: H. Zakaris, 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 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 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 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.