I am a postdoctoral researcher on the NSF-DEL funded project "Grammar and multilingual practices through the lens of everyday interaction in two endangered languages in the East Tukano family." I am also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Linguistics at Queens College, CUNY.
My research bridges the fields of language documentation and description, discourse-functional linguistics, and linguistic anthropology. I build corpora of everyday interaction in un(der)documented languages to investigate both the interactional foundations of grammatical practices and the organization of social interaction itself. I am interested in the increasing role of video and conversation in language description, documentation, and revitalization.
My doctoral dissertation examined reference to place in everyday conversation in Kula, a non-Austronesian ('Papuan') language of southeastern Indonesia. Kula is spoken by approximately 5,000 people in the eastern highlands of Alor island and belongs to the Timor-Alor-Pantar family.