I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics at McGill University. I obtained my dissertation from the University of Chicago in 2015. My primary research interests lie in cross-linguistic variation in the domains of morphology and syntax. The overarching goal of my work is to uncover operations responsible for the building of syntactic structures and the role of other modules of the grammar, especially morphology, in their final shape. To that end, I explore the cross-linguistic uniformity of syntax, while identifying ways in which certain phenomena that superficially appear to be syntactic can in fact be relegated to other modules of the grammar.

I also did some work in phonetics/phonology, where I am especially interested in word-accentual systems.

I collect data primarily through fieldwork. Since 2011 I have been working extensively on Wolof, a West-Atlantic language spoken in Senegal. Since 2021, I have also been working on the Volta-Niger language Igala, spoken in Nigeria.

Some topics I have worked on:

  • A’-movement and its morpho-syntactic effects
  • cartographic and non-cartographic effects
  • ordering of syntactic and post-syntactic (morphological) operations
  • copular sentences the syntax of information structure
  • the syntax and semantics of tense and aspect
  • control