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I'm a Postdoctoral Associate at MIT Linguistics. I recently completed my PhD at MIT Linguistics. My main areas of specialization are Theoretical Phonology and Morphology, and Indo-European/Historical Linguistics. My research focuses on reduplication and other phonological problems at/near the phonology-morphology interface. An overarching theme of my research is the drive to explain "templatic" effects without reference to templates, but rather through interaction of independent factors; e.g., Can prosodic templates in reduplication be explained by independent facts about stress? Can Semitic nonconcatenative morphology be explained directly through interaction of morpheme ordering and phonotactics?
My dissertation "Indo-European Reduplication: Synchrony, Diachrony, and Theory" is on the analysis and history of reduplication in the ancient Indo-European languages. It constructs analyses for the reduplicative systems of the attested languages (Ancient Greek, Sanskrit, Gothic, Hittite, etc.), and seeks to explain how exceptional/archaic patterns develop and are retained into the languages. Both the analytical and historical results are used to inform the reconstruction of the reduplicative system of Proto-Indo-European (PIE), to situate both PIE and the attested daughter languages within the cross-linguistic typology of reduplication, and develop new insights into the nature of systemic diachronic change of phonological grammars.