My research focuses on heritage languages – how the language of each generation of heritage speakers differs from the homeland variety. Particularly, I’m interested in changes that cannot be explained solely by attrition or language transfer, but rather offer an insight into the universal structure of Language. Since my undergraduate studies, I’ve been a part of the Heritage Language Variation and Change project at the University of Toronto run by my former supervisor Naomi Nagy.
I’ve recently started working on Mayan languages. I have used instrumental methods to challenge some of the existing views on the phonology of these languages. I’m affiliated with the field station in Sololá, Guatemala managed by the Language Science Center at UMD. During the summer of 2016, I did fieldwork in Guatemala on two closely related Mayan languages – Kaqchikel and Tz’utujil. I’m investigating the influence of articulatory gestures on the phonology of these languages. Currently, I’m looking at consonant clusters and their interaction with the processes of vowel syncope and epenthesis.