— Master of Arts (Linguistics), University of Manitoba
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I am in the language documentation and description program in Linguistics at UT. I do field work on a southern Panoan language of the northern Bolivian Amazon called Chácobo. I aim to write a grammar of the language for my PhD thesis at UT Austin. I have spent 5 months in the field (in Beni Bolivia) studying the language.
My Masters degree is from the University of Manitoba (Canada). I did a Pierrehumbertian analysis of the lenis-fortis contrast in Saulteaux-Ojibwe using multivariate loglinear regressions and information-theoretic criteria of model selection. Since then I have always been fascinated by statistical and probabilistic models of language. One of my interests has been how to integrate probability models into grammatical description.
A current theoretical interest of mine is prosody and the syntax-phonology interface. I developed this interest primarily through studying Chácobo, since the language has suprasegmental case markers. Another interest of mine has been the interaction between syntax, morphology and prosody in polysynthetic languages. Again, studying Chácobo pushed me in this direction. There are two types of verb constructions in the language. One where all the morphemes are “glued” and another where the stem “splits” away from its final obligatory aspect marker. The morphology and prosody of these two constructions and their relationship to each other has lately been a primary concern of my research.