I teach courses in linguistics and language processing and direct the Sentence and Discourse Processing Lab at Brown Universtity.
I conduct research in linguistics, with a focus on argument structure (especially of adjectives), information structure, and discourse. I also do experimental work testing the hypotheses generated by my linguistic research. I work primarily on English, as spoken by typical adults, but am also a collaborator on a project documenting Moro, a language spoken in Sudan. I joined Brown in 2010 after leaving the University of California, San Diego, where I receieved a PhD in Linguistics and was a pre-doctoral training fellow at the Center for Research in Language.
Linguistics at Brown
Linguistics at Brown covers four core areas (phonetics, phonology, syntax, semantics). Faculty research areas include neural bases of language (Blumstein), pragmatics (Anderbois), computational phonology (Cohen Priva), the syntax-semantics interface (Jacobson), discourse and information structure (Kertz), and acquisition (Morgan). Given our position within the larger CLPS department, our BA and PhD programs offer a unique environment for training in linguistics, placing special emphasis on empirical methodology while maintaining a critical engagement with linguistic theory. Read more about our undergraduate curriculum and our graduate program.