Research

Research interests

One of my main research questions is “how much is linearization determined strictly by syntactic structure?” The issues at work here are at the heart of the study of hierarchical structure. Syntactic structure is not visible to the naked ear: only the surface word order can be explicitly seen. So in order to investigate hierarchical syntactic structure at all, there has to be a connection between the data we have (word order) and the structures we are trying to determine (constituent hierarchy). I have investigated this question both syntactically and articulatorily with data from American Sign Language (ASL). ASL is uniquely situated to provide evidence for the mechanism of linearization because it has greater opportunity for overlapping and simultaneous articulation of constituents than a spoken language. My research has made use of close study of the physical expression of language data in order to shed light on syntactic problems. This “interface” between the syntactic structure and the phonetic form of the utterance gives us important information about the foundational hierarchies of syntactic structure.

Papers/Presentations

Phrase Structure and Linearization: Adverbs in ASL
under review PDF
forthcoming
The simultaneous timing of adjunct adverbs in ASL
NELS 46 Poster/Proceedings
2015
The syntax of non-manual adjunct adverbs in ASL
PDF
(in prep)
Postpositive Conjunctions in Chukchansi Yokuts
Arts and Humanities Honors Symposium
2012
Figurative Language in Fairy Tales, Fairy Tales as Figurative Language
CSU Honors Conference
2012
The Sociolinguistic Network: Tracking Generational Change in Sociolinguistic Preferences with Social Networking
CSU Honors Conference, Great Lakes Expo for Experimental and Formal Undergraduate Linguistics
2011
Library Study at Fresno State – Research Team Member
Published by the Institute of Public Anthropology
2009