• Associate Professor, Linguistics

Research Summary

My research focuses on formal & historical aspects of linguistics, esp. semantics/syntax. Language interests include South Asia (Sanskrit, Hindi, Sinhala, Nepali, Malayalam etc). Current research projects include syntax & semantics of quantifier particles; adverbial modification; focus identification & labelling. Past work includes studies of epistemic indefinites, the morphology of Rastafari English, morphological & orthographic innovations in the cyberpunk subculture.


  • PhD, Linguistics, University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. Project: Formal and philological inquiries into the nature of interrogatives, indefinites, disjunction, and focus in Sinhala and other languages
  • MA, Linguistics, University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign
  • MA, Cognitive Science, Johns Hopkins University
  • BA, English, Johns Hopkins University


Semanticist, philologer, historical and general linguist.