|| Research Interests:
linguistics (Bantu syntax in particular)
- Syntactic typology and grammatical theory
- Language-internal constraints on
linguistic variation and change
- Psycholinguistic and neurolinguistic aspects of
- "Toward a unified model of synchrony and diachrony in
[A4 | US]. coming soon.
- "Coding strategies in comparative Bantu and
implications for diachronic syntax." Handout of the talk given at the Berkeley
Linguistic Colloquium, December 9, 2002.
- "From synchrony to diachrony: Topic salience
and cross-linguistic patterns of agreement." 2002e. [A4 | US]. (December 2002)
- "Prominence mismatches and differential object
marking in Bantu." 2002d. In Butt, Miriam and Tracy
Holloway King (eds.), the Proceedings of
- "Antisymmetry and optimality: positional
variation in negation." 2002c. [A4
| US] A longer version of the paper
presented at Societas Linguistica Europea, Universität Potsdam,
July 22-25. (August 2002)
hierarchies and Optimality in Bantu." 2002b. In Okamoto, Shigeko, Ritva
Laury, and Vida Samiian, eds., Perspectives in Linguistics. In
Honor of Dr. PJ Mistry. Department of Linguistics, California
State University Fresno.
- "Differential object
marking in Bantu." 2002a. A longer
version of the paper presented at LFG-02, Athens, July 2-5. (see the
revised version, 2003a)
- "Deriving the
directionality parameter in OT-LFG." 2001d. In Butt, Miriam and Tracy
Holloway King (eds.), the Proceedings of LFG-01 Conference. CSLI.
- "Functional categories and
structural economy in Bantu." 2001c. In Samiian, Vida (ed.), the
Proceedings of Western Conference on Linguistics, California
State University Fresno.
raising and phrase structure variation in OT." 2001b. In Sells, Peter
(ed.) Formal and Empirical Issues in Optimality-Theoretic
competes with syntax: Verb raising in Bantu." 2001a. Paper presented
at the 32nd Annual Conference on African Linguistics, UC Berkeley.
Configurationality in Bantu Morphosyntax. 2000c. Doctoral
dissertation, Stanford University.
- "The role of animacy and associational
harmony in Bantu". 2000b. Paper presented at the 31st Annual
Conference on African Linguistics, University of Illinois,
- "`Crash vs. yield': On the conflict asymmetry in
syntax and phonology".* 2000a. ms.,
February 2000 version. Stanford University.
Work in Progress:
- Argument Linking and Optimality: A View from
- "An OT approach to object (a)symmetry"
- "Branching uniformity and word order typology."
- "A representational approach to VP-topicalization."