Research

 

My interests in linguistics are varied, but usually involve syntax and Portuguese linguistics. Some topics that I particularly like to think about include:

 

    •    Person and Agreement

    •    Copular and existential sentences

    •    Syntactic variation (especially micro-syntactic variation)

    •    Research methods in linguistics/ syntactic research

    •    The syntax and semantics of determiner phrases

 

As well as my primary interest in (first language) formal syntax, I am also interested in Second Language Acquisition and foreign language teaching research and practice as well as teaching technology.

 

 

PAPER/TALKS

 

Variation in Determiners with Possessors in Noun Phrase Ellipsis in Dialects of Portuguese. Article published in the Proceedings of the VII Congresso Internacional da ABRALIN, pp. 305-­319, 2011 (pre-publication version)

 

Noun Phrase Ellipsis and the Presence of Definite Determiners with Possessors in Portuguese. Article published in the Proceedings of the Thirty­Ninth Western Conference on Linguistics (WECOL), D. Bayle and Teliga, V. (eds), pp. 156­168, 2011. (paper)

 

Variation in Determiners with Possessors in NP-Ellipsis Contexts in Dialects of Portuguese. Talk presented at the VII ABRALIN. Curitiba, February, 2011. (program, handout)

 

NP Ellipsis and the Presence of Definite Determiners with Possessors in Portuguese. Poster presented at WECOL, California State University Fresno, November, 2010. (handout, poster)

 

Exhaustivity in Anaphoric Simple Demonstratives in Brazilian Portuguese. Talk presented at the Workshop on Anaphoric uses of demonstrative expressions at the 29th Annual Meeting of the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Sprachwissenschaft (DGfS). Siegen, 28 February - 2 March, 2007. (program, handout)

 

A Minimalist View on Differential Object Marking for Specificity. Talk presented at the 36th Annual Meeting of the Michigan Linguistics Society, Oakland University, October, 2006. (handout)

 

Predicate Inversion, Person Asymmetries and Agreement in Brazilian Portuguese. Talk presented at the 34th Annual Meeting of the Linguistics Association of the Southwest, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, October, 2005. (handout)

 

Predicate Inversion and Agreement Alternations in Brazilian Portuguese. Talk presented at the Australian Linguistics Society Annual Conference 2005, Monash University, Melbourne, September, 2005. (handout)

 

Post Verbal Subjects and Agreement in Brazilian Portuguese. Masters Thesis, UCLA, 2006. (paper)

 

Differential Object Behaviour. Undergraduate Honours Thesis, University of Queensland, 2003. (paper, UQ Seminar handout, data handout)

 

ACADEMIC WEBSITES

 

Formal Semantic and Pragmatic Approaches to Binding Theory - Website for project lead Philippe Schlenker and funded by the NSF (2007).

 

Introduction to LFG and HSPG - Summary written in my Honors year at the University of Queensland (2003).