I'm currently a Humboldt Research Fellow in the Lehrstuhl für Historische und Indogermanische Sprachwissenschaft at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. I received my PhD from the interdepartmental Program in Indo-European Studies (PIES) at the University of California, Los Angeles in the summer of 2017.
I specialize in phonology and historical linguistics, with particular focus on Uto-Aztecan and ancient Indo-European languages. My research is concerned, especially, with the development of phonological systems across generations of speakers, and in turn, with
the implications of changes in these systems for our understanding of how people learn the sound patterns of their language. I am also interested generally in linguistic typology and morphological theory, and in testing hypotheses about language change using experimental methods.
Some aspects of my recent research are outlined below; downloadable versions of my publications and conference handouts/posters/slides are available here. Feel free to contact me with any questions here.
[ News ]
- 4/21/2020: Today I'll be giving a lecture on the ablaut patterns in the Anatolian verbal system "at" Cornell University. The slides are available here.
- 12/2/2020: A brief announcement — at the beginning of January I'll be relocating to Munich, where I'll continue my research on diachronic word-prosody at LMU, enabled by a fellowship from the Humboldt Foundation. I'll deeply miss my friends and colleagues at the UCLA Program in Indo-European Studies, which has been my home this last decade; but I'm very excited for this opportunity and what the future will bring.