Within linguistics, my passion is the documentation of understudied, endangered languages, and my formal interests include the verbal domain and ellipsis. I have helped with documentation projects in New York City/NepalBotswana, and New York City/Croatia. Currently, I am a PhD student at the University of California, Berkeley.

Background

Led into linguistics by my creative practice, I graduated in 2015 from New York University with an undergraduate degree in Linguistics and a double-minor in Mandarin Chinese and Global Visual Arts. My thesis, Filling in the Gaps — Revisting the Syntax of English Gapping Constructions, proposes a particular analysis of a well-known (fascinating nonetheless) construction called gapping. An example of gapping is the bolded portion of the sentence below:

  • Janet likes to paint horses, and Emily, landscapes.

In my thesis, I developed arguments to show that gaps have unspoken structure, and come from a source like:

  • Janet likes to paint horses, and Emily (likes to paint) landscapes.

Throughout my time at NYU, I grew more and more conscious that globalization, industrialization, and (economic) colonialism all pose a severe threat to diversity of biology, thought, culture, and language. The profound nature of language endangerment reoriented my priorities such that I became intent on addressing issues that were not purely theoretical and started volunteering at the Endangered Language Alliance.