Research

I investigate A-bar phenomena (focus movement and interactions with wh-fronting; sentence-final particles and the left periphery; and relative clauses), predicative/nominal possession, ditransitives, and argument structure in Ewe and related languages.

Papers

  • Nominal Possession in Tongugbe [Forthcoming] (with Chris Collins)
  • Question Particles in Pekigbe and Tongugbe [Forthcoming] (with Nigel Flower)
  • Projecting Implicit Arguments: Evidence from Tongugbe (Ewe) [Under preparation]
  • ‘Have’ and ‘Need’ in Ewe and Three GTM Languages [Under review]
  • Raising Relatives and Plural Marking [Submitted]
  • Negation in Tongugbe (Ewe) Agent Nominalizations [Under preparation] (with Soo-Hwan Lee)

Presentations

Invited Talks

2022. On the Syntax of Tongugbe (Ewe) Nyá-constructions. Syntax Reading Group, Yale University.

2022. On the Syntax of Tongugbe (Ewe) Nyá-constructions. Syntax & Semantics Circle, University of California, Berkeley.

2021. Linguistic Universals and Generative Syntax. Department of French, University of Ghana, Legon

2019.  Nominal Incorporation in Tongu Ewe. Washington University in St. Louis Colloquium. With  Jeffrey Punske.

Conferences

2022. Negation in Ewe (Tongugbe) Agent Nominalization. Chicago Linguistics Society (CLS) 58. The University of Chicago. Chicago, IL.

2022. A new look at a-prefixing in Appalachian English. Annual Meeting of the American Dialect Society. Washington, DC. With Gregory Guy, Laurel MacKenzie, Abed Quaddoumi, and Begum Saridede

2021. Variation in Relativization in Hogbe. Workshop on Cross-cultural Sociolinguistics. University of Cologne/New York University.

2021. On Sentence-Final Particles in Tongugbe. 52nd Annual Conference on African Linguistics (ACAL). University of Florida. Gainesville, FL.

2019. Nominal Incorporation in Tongu Ewe. Pennsylvania Linguistics Conference (PLC) 43. University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, PA. With Jeffrey Punske

2018.  Perceived Heteroglossia: Evidence from Legon, Ghana. 10th Annual Meeting of Illinois Language and Linguistics Society (ILLS). University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Urbana Champaign, IL.

2018.  Have and Need in Ewe. 49th Annual Conference on African Linguistics (ACAL). Michigan State University. East Lansing, MI.

2017.  Corpus Analysis of Non-restrictive Relative Clauses in Live Text Soccer Commentaries. 70th Kentucky Foreign Language Conference (KFLC). University of Kentucky. Lexington, KY. With Akmal Ibragimov

2016.  What Makes an L2 Word Easier or More Difficult to Learn? 69th Kentucky Foreign Language Conference (KFLC). University of Kentucky. Lexington, KY. With Shauna Torrington and Fatimah Alabdullatifa