Research


Research Interests

  • Greek
  • Sanskrit
  • Germanic languages
  • Diachronic syntax and semantics

Publications


Articles

Refereed Publications

  • 2021. The development of the Imperfect in Ancient Greek from simple past to imperfective as a blocking phenomenon, Journal of Greek Linguistics.
  • 2020. Inceptives in Ancient Greek. Proceedings of the 31st Annual UCLA Indo-European Conference (November 8–9, 2019):139–159. Bremen: Hempen Verlag.
  • 2020. A New Approach to Prohibitive Constructions in the R̥gveda and the Atharvaveda. Journal of the American Oriental Society 140.4:777–802. https://doi.org/10.7817/jameroriesoci.140.4.0777
  • 2018. Aspects of the Indo-European Aorist and Imperfect: Re-evaluating the evidence of the R̥gveda and Homer and its implications for PIE. Indo-European Linguistics (IEL) 6:1–68. https://doi.org/10.1163/22125892-00601002
  • 2017. Synchronic and Diachronic Derivation of Greek n– and nt-stem Nominative Singular Formations. Proceedings of the 28th Annual UCLA Indo-European Conference (November 11–12, 2016):95–118. Bremen: Hempen Verlag.

Other Publications

  • Forthcoming. Habitual be in American English. Festschrift for Prof. Tim Stowell.

Thesis

“Tense and aspect in Indo-European: A usage-based approach to the verbal systems of the R̥gveda and Homer”. Advisor: Professor Stephanie Jamison.

Presentations

  • 2021. “Prohibition types in Ancient Greek: A comparative approach.” Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting, online.
  • 2020. “On the Diachrony of the Present Perfect Puzzle,” Program in Indo-European Studies Graduate Seminar, UCLA.
  • 2020. “A diachronic pragmatic approach to the development of the IE injunctive and augment,” East Coast Indo-European Conference, Blacksburg, VA. [moved to online]
  • 2020. “Pragmatics, discourse context, and common ground: Hymn-initial injunctives in the R̥gveda,” American Oriental Society 230th Annual Meeting, Boston. [canceled]
  • 2019. “Simple past to imperfective in Ancient Greek via blocking,” Formal Diachronic Semantics 4, The Ohio State University.
  • 2019. “Starting over: Inceptives in Ancient Greek,” 31st Annual Indo-European Conference, UCLA.
  • 2019. “bhūtakaraṇa- or āgama-?: The Subtractive Semantics of the Augment in the R̥gveda,” American Oriental Society 229th Annual Meeting, Chicago.
  • 2018. “Don’t stop mā́ now: A New Approach to Prohibitive Constructions in the R̥gveda and the Atharvaveda,” 30th Annual Indo-European Conference, UCLA.
  • 2018. “Emphatically Unemphatic: Loss of Emphasis in the Arabic of Tunis and Its Effects on Adjacent Vowels,” Program in Indo-European Studies Graduate Seminar, UCLA.
  • 2018. “Apodotic Markers in Indo-European,” Program in Indo-European Studies Graduate Seminar, UCLA.
  • 2018. “I wish I would have consulted an Indo-Europeanist!: The semantics of Future-Less-Vivid conditionals,” Program in Indo-European Studies Graduate Seminar, UCLA.
  • 2017. “The morphological Aorist as a semantic perfect: Evidence of the R̥gveda and Homer and its implications for PIE,” 29th Annual Indo-European Conference, UCLA.
  • 2017. “On the Distribution and Usage of the Finite Verbs in Mycenaean,” Program in Indo-European Studies Graduate Seminar, UCLA.
  • 2017. “Standing under the Perfect (with Imperfect Understanding): In Pursuit of a Cohesive Definition of Perfect Tense,” Program in Indo-European Studies Graduate Seminar, UCLA.
  • 2017. “Preventing Inhibition: A Reassessment of the Prohibitive Construction in Early Vedic,” American Oriental Society 227th Annual Meeting, Los Angeles.
  • 2016. “Synchronic and Diachronic Derivation of Greek n– and nt-stem Nominative Singular Formations,” 28th Annual Indo-European Conference, UCLA.
  • 2016. “The Future Tense in Oratio Obliqua in Classical Latin,” Program in Indo-European Studies Graduate Seminar, UCLA.
  • 2015. “Conditions in Hittite: Examining Some Oddities,” Program in Indo-European Studies Graduate Seminar, UCLA.

Awards

  • 2020–21. Dissertation Year Fellowship, UCLA ($20,000).
  • 2018 (Fall). Mellon Foundation Pre-Dissertation Fellowship, UCLA ($8,000).
  • Graduate Summer Research Mentorship, verbal tense and aspect in Homeric Greek, with Prof. David Goldstein, UCLA ($6,000).
  • 2016–17. Graduate Research Mentorship, Early Vedic tense and aspect, with Prof. Stephanie Jamison, UCLA ($20,000).
  • Graduate Summer Research Mentorship, Early Vedic tense and aspect, with Prof. Stephanie Jamison, UCLA ($6,000).
  • 2013–14. Presidential Scholar of English, Western Michigan University (WMU).
  • George Sprau Award, outstanding senior in the English Department, WMU.
  • Jean and Vincent Malmstrom Scholarship for linguistics, WMU.
  • Department of World Languages & Literatures award for Classics, WMU.
  • College of Arts & Sciences Research/Creative Activities Award, two-time recipient, WMU.
  • Frederick J. Rogers Memorial Award for Shakespeare studies, WMU.
  • Ralph N. Miller Memorial Award, best essay, WMU.
  • 2009–13. Dean’s List, WMU.