My research interests are primarily in syntax -- sentence and phrase structure -- and how we use this knowledge to produce and comprehend sentences in real time.
In particular, I am interested in clausal syntax and how wh-dependencies, tense, and modality are represented in them. Although the form of these phenomena varies substantially across languages, linguists have uncovered cross-linguistic generalizations that suggest that these issues are closely related. I investigate these issues with a variety of methods: acceptability judgments, formal experiments, and corpus work.
As someone who grew up in a multilingual, code-switching environment, I am also interested in linguistic variation and language contact. I previously worked on the Yale Grammatical Diversity Project with Raffaella Zanuttini.
Languages: English (including colloquial Singapore English), Chinese (Mandarin, Chaozhou (Southern Min)), Indonesian / Malay, some Japanese