My main research interests are semantics and syntax. I have active projects on disjunction, evidentiality, tense, and modality. I am interested in the insights that cross-linguistic and acquisition data can provide on these topics. I do fieldwork on Egyptian Arabic.
I completed a Masters thesis on disjunction in Egyptian Arabic, advised by Jessica Rett, Ed Keenan, and Yael Sharvit. This project involves conducting fieldwork with language consultants in Cairo, Alexandria, and Los Angeles. (Handout)
I am currently working on a project with Jessica Rett and Nina Hyams that investigates the acquisition of evidentiality in English. This project includes a corpus study of child language as well as an adult experiment of copy-raising verbs. This work was presented at BUCLD 2012. We are now conducting a related child comprehension study. (pdf)
- Summer 2013: Primary Instructor for Intro to the Study of Language
- Winter 2013: TA for Syntax I (Martin Walkow)
- Fall 2012: TA for Semantics I (Jessica Rett)
- Spring 2012: TA for Intro to the Study of Language (Shabnam Shademan)
- Fall 2011: TA for Semantics I (Terry Parsons)
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- During Summer 2013 I will be a visiting scholar at the American University in Cairo conducting fieldwork.
- July 21-27, 2013 I will be presenting on The Effects of Syntax on the Acquisition of Evidentiality at International Congress of Linguists in Geneva, Switzerland.
- October 25-26, 2013 I will be presenting on Disjunction in Egyptian Arabic at The Workshop on Semantic Variation at The University of Chicago.