Selected Papers

Talk Handouts and Posters

  • (2015) Graded Tenses in Complement Clauses: Evidence that Future is Not a Tense. (Poster)(Handout)


  • (2014) From Logic to Montague Grammar (Course Notes and Problem Sets). Course Notes. University of Massachusetts Amherst.

  • (2010) The Grammar of Q: Q-Particles, Wh-Movement and Pied-Piping Oxford University Press.

  • (2006) Syncope in the Verbal Prefixes of Tlingit: Meter and Surface Phonotactics. Lincom Studies in Native American Linguistics. Lincom Europa. Muenchen.


  • (2017) The Good, the 'Not Good', and the 'Not Pretty': Negation in the Negative Predicates of Tlingit. Submitted to Natural Language Semantics

  • (2017) Describing Future Eventualities in Tlingit: The Storyboards Hawaii Trip and Imagining the Future. Submitted to Semantic Fieldwork Methods.

  • (2017) The Expression of Modality in Tlingit: A Paucity of Grammatical Devices. International Journal of American Linguistics, 83(4): 619-678.

  • (2017) Some Observations on the Plural Pronoun Construction of Tlingit, Polish, and Russian. In Halpert, Claire, Hadas Kotek, and Coppe van Urk (eds) A Pesky Set: Papers for David Pesetsky. MIT Working Papers in Linguistics.

  • (2017) The Implicatures of Optional Past Tense in Tlingit and its Implications for 'Discontinuous Past'. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, 35(3): 635-681.

  • (2015) Average Conditional Entropy of the Tlingit Verbal Inflection Paradigm: A Brief Report. In Bakovic, Eric (ed) Short 'schrift for Alan Prince.

  • (2014) Distributive Numerals and Distance Distributivity in Tlingit (and Beyond). Language, 90(4): 562-606

  • (2014) Reflexives, Reciprocals and Contrast. Journal of Semantics, 31: 1-41.

  • (2013) Beyond the Past, Present and Future: Towards the Semantics of 'Graded Tense' in Gĩkũyũ. Natural Language Semantics, 21: 219-276.

  • (2013) Pied-Piping: Comparing Two Recent Approaches. Language and Linguistics Compass, 7(2): 123-140.

  • (2012) Pied-Piping: Introducing Two Recent Approaches. Language and Linguistics Compass, 6(12): 816-832.

  • (2012) The Optionality of Movement and EPP in Dholuo. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, 30(3): 651-697.

  • [with Jesse Harris] (2011) On the Grammatical Status of PP-Pied-Piping in English: Results from Sentence-Rating Experiments. In Grant, Margaret and Jesse A. Harris (eds) University of Massachusetts Occasional Papers in Linguistics 38: Processing Linguistic Structure. GLSA Publications.

  • (2011) Insubordination in Tlingit: An Areal Effect? Northwest Journal of Linguistics, 5(1): 1-38.

  • (2011) A New Argument for Lexical Decomposition: Transparent Readings of Verbs. Linguistic Inquiry, 42: 131-138.

  • (2010) Against the Existence of Pied-Piping: Evidence from Tlingit. Linguistic Inquiry, 41: 563-594.

  • (2009) [with Christopher Potts, Luis Alonso-Ovalle, Ash Asudeh, Rajesh Bhatt, Christopher Davis, Yurie Hara, Angelika Kratzer, Eric McCready, Tom Roeper and Martin Walkow] Expressives and Identity Conditions. Linguistic Inquiry, 40: 356-366.

  • (2009) The Syntax of the Tibetan Correlative. In Liptak, Aniko (ed.) Correlatives Cross-Linguistically. John Benjamins.
    (This is a pre-publication draft which differs signficantly from the published paper.)

  • (2008) Covert A-Scrambling in Tlingit. In Lyon, John (ed.) Papers for the 43rd International Conference on Salish and Neighboring Languages. UBC Working Papers in Linguistics. Vancouver.

  • (2008) Q-Particles and the Nature of Wh-Fronting. In Matthewson, Lisa (ed.) Quantification: Universals and Variation. North Holland Linguistics Series. Emerald.

  • (2005) Tlingit Portmanteau Allomorphy Requires Fusion. In Armoskaite, Solveiga and James J. Thompson (eds) Proceedings of WSCLA 10: The Tenth Workshop on Structure and Constituency in Languages of the Americas. UBC Working Papers in Linguistics. Vancouver.

  • (2005) The Optional Infinitive Stage in Afrikaans: Evidence for Phonologically Neutralized Rich Agreement. In Csirmaz, Aniko, Andrea Gualmini and Andrew Nevins (eds) Plato's Problems: Papers on Language Acquisition. MIT Working Papers in Linguistics. Cambridge, MA.

    Older Unpublished Manuscripts

  • (2010) Radically Discontinuous Exponence in the Inflectional Morphology of Na-Dene Languages Handout. University of Massachusetts, Amherst. (Handout from talk given at 2010 LSA Meeting)

  • (2008) Wh-Fronting (in Hungarian) is Not Focus-Fronting. Manuscript. University of British Columbia. Vancouver, BC

  • (2006) The Interrogative Words of Tlingit: An Informal Grammatical Study. Manuscript. MIT. Cambridge, MA. (134 pp.)

  • (2005) Binding Local Person Pronouns Without Semantically Empty Features. Manuscript. MIT. Cambridge, MA.

  • (2005) Free Relatives in Tlingit and Haida: Evidence that the Mover Projects. Manuscript. MIT. Cambridge, MA.

  • (2004) Phonological Noun-Verb Dissimilarities in Optimal Paradigms. Manuscript. MIT. Cambridge, MA.

  • (2004) Restructuring in English. Manuscript. MIT. Cambridge, MA

  • (2004) Predicate Clefts and Base Generation: Evidence From Yiddish and Brazilian Portuguese. Manuscript. MIT. Cambridge, MA.

  • (2002) Hard Constraints Mirror Soft Constraints! Bias, Stochastic Optimality Theory, and Split-Ergativity Manuscript. University of Amsterdam.

  • (2002) Stand Over There, Please: The Dynamics of Vagueness. Master of Science Thesis. University of Amsterdam.