Native American Languages, Endangered Languages, & Typology
Chimariko is a Northern California language, last spoken in the 1930s. For my MA thesis Argument Structure and Transitivity in Chimariko
completed in 2004, I used data collected by J. P. Harrington in the 1920s. I also examined complementation in Chimariko resulting in an article entitled Is there any evidence for complementation in Chimariko?
My dissertation project was a grammatical description of Chimariko within an areal-typological perspective
. I am currently working on the narrative structure of Chimariko
San Juan Bosco Chuxnabán Mixe
: A major project I started in 2005 invloves the documentation and description of San Juan Bosco Chuxnabán Mixe spoken by about nine hundred people in one village in the eastern midlands of Oacaxa, Mexico. Chuxnabán Mixe belongs to the Mixe-Zoque family, and it has been identified by its speakers as Midland Mixe. Currently, I am working on a web-based trilingual Mixe-English-Spanish dictionary
database which includes information about the phonetics and phonology of Chuxnabán Mixe. The databse includes Mixe soundfiles and pictures form the area. Another related project concerns the phonetic analysis of vowel length and phonation contrasts in Chuxnabán Mixe
: My main research focus concerns the ways in which endangered languages can contribute to and shape linguistic theory. I am particularly interested in Argument Structure, Stress Systems, and Clause Combining (Complementation and Relativization).