Research & CV

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Presentations

Talks

2021

  • Two constraints on ergative anaphors (with Dan Brodkin). Paper presented at the 28th meeting of the Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association (AFLA 28). McGill University & National University of Singapore, May 2021. [handout]
  • Modality in the nominal domain: The Chuj “yalnhej + wh” series (with Luis Alonso-Ovalle). Paper presented at Semantics and Linguistic Theory (SALT) 31. Brown University, May 2021. [handout]
  • Aligner prosodie et syntaxe pour mieux comprendre la syntaxe: Phénomène prosodique en maya. Paper presented at 50 ans de linguistique à l’UQAM: Regards croisés sur les enjeux de la linguistique. Université du Québec à Montréal, April 2021. [présentation]
  • Two types of numeral classifiers: Evidence from Shan, Ch’ol and Chuj (with Mary Moroney and Carol-Rose Little). Invited talk at Semantics Babble, University of California, San Diego, April 2021. [handout]
  • Ergative Anaphors and High Absolutive Syntax (with Dan Brodkin). Invited talk at Workshop on the Languages of Mesoamerica. University of California, Santa Cruz, March 2021.
  • Expletive negation and negative polarity: The view from Québec French (with Aurore Gonzalez). Paper to be presented at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Germany Linguistic Society (DGfS 43). Freiburg, Germany, February 2021. [handout]

2020

  • “Expletive negation” as a decomposed NPI in Québec French (with Aurore Gonzalez). Paper presented at Going Romance 34. Paris. November 2020. [handout]
  • Binding and coreference in Mayan: Evidence for object raising. Invited talk at  UC Berkeley Syntax-Semantics Circle. University of California, Berkeley, November 2020. [handout]
  • Binding and the “low/high abs” parameter in Mayan. Paper presented at the 51st Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society (NELS 51). Université du Québec à Montréal, November 2020. [handout]
  • Modal effects in the nominal domain: Lessons from Chuj. Invited talk at Semantics of Under-Represented Languages of the Americas 11. Colegio de México and Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, August 2020. [handout]
  • Two types of numeral classifiers: Evidence from Ch’ol, Shan, and Chuj (with Carol-Rose Little and Mary Moroney). Presented at Semantics of Under-Represented Languages of the Americas 11. Colegio de México and Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, August 2020.
  • Avoiding syntax-prosody mismatches in Chuj and K’iche’: An alternative to Henderson 2012. Paper presented at the 94th annual meeting of the Linguistics Society of America. New Orleans, January 2020. [Handout]
  • Classifying classifiers: Two kinds of numeral classifiers across languages (with Carol-Rose Little and Mary Moroney). Paper presented at the 94th annual meeting of the Linguistics Society of America. New Orleans, January 2020. [Handout]
2019
  • Pronominal classifiers and definiteness in Chuj. Invited talk at the Calgary Workshop on Pronouns 2019. University of Calgary, November 2019. [Handout]
  • An apparent syntax-prosody mismatch as right extraposition: Evidence from Mayan. Presented at the 50th annual meeting of the North East Linguistics Society (NELS 50). MIT, October 2019. [Handout]
  • Los sufijos de categoría en chuj y la interfaz entre sintaxis y prosodia. Presented at the 9th Conference on Indigenous Languages of Latin America. University of Texas, Austin, October 2019. [Volante en Español]
  • Random choice modality: The view from Chuj (with Luis Alonso-Ovalle). Presented at Sinn und Bedeutung 24. University of Osnabrück, September 2019. [Handout]
  • Noun classifiers and the composition of DP in Chuj. Presented at the 12th annual Toronto-Ottawa-Montreal Semantics Workshop. Concordia University, March 2019.[Handout]
2018
  • Las configuraciones referenciales en Chuj. Presented at the fifth edition of Form and Analysis in Mayan Linguistics (FAMLi), Antigua, Guatemala, August 2018.
  • La (in)definitud en Chuj y su relación con los clasificadores nominales. Presented at the Primer encuentro de estudios sobre el Chuj. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. May 2018
  • La composición de la estatividad en Chuj (with Robert Henderson, Paulina Elias, and Jessica Coon). Presented at the Primer encuentro de estudios sobre el chuj. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, May 2018.
  • Specificity, indefiniteness, and noun classifiers in Chuj (Mayan). Presented at the 40th annual conference of the German Linguistics Society (DGfS). Stuttgart, March 2018.
2017
  • Noun classifiers, (in)definiteness, and pronouns in Chuj (Mayan). Presented at the 1st Toronto-Ottawa-Montreal Indigenous Languages of Latin America Workshop (TOMILLA). University of Toronto, November 2017.
  • Sistemas de clasificación nominal en chuj: hacia un análisis unificado. Presented at the 8th conference of Indigenous Languages of Latin America. University of Texas, Austin, October 2017.
  • Artículos en kaqchikel y en chuj, lo que nos pueden decir las lenguas mayas. Presented at the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, June 2017.
  • Scalarity across clause-types: Québec French -tu (with Daniela Isac). Presented at the 27th Colloquium on Generative Grammar, Universidad de Alcalá, May 2017.
  • Expletive negation and scalar implicatures in Québec French. Presented at the 47th Symposium on Romance Languages. University of Delaware, April 2017.

Posters

2021
  • Ergative anaphors and high absolutive syntax (with Dan Brodkin). Presented at the 39th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (WCCFL). University of Arizona, April 2021.
2018
  • Domain restriction and noun classifiers in Chuj (Mayan). Presented at the 49th annual meeting of the North East Linguistics Society (NELS 49). Cornell University, October 2018. [Poster]
  • La modalidad de decisión arbitraria en chuj: komon (with Luis Alonso-Ovalle). Presented at the fifth edition of Form and Analysis in Mayan Linguistics (FAMLi). Antigua, Guatemala, August 2018.
2017
  • Clause-typing in Québec French -tu (with Daniela Isac). Presented at the 47th Symposium on Romance Languages. University of Delaware, April 2017.
  • Noun and numeral classifiers inChuj (Mayan). Presented at the 43rd annual meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society. UC Berkeley, February 2017.

Grants and Awards

  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Joseph-Armand Bombardier Doctoral Scholarship, 105,000.00, 2017-2020.
  • Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel Award, 526.00, October 2019
  • Centre for Research on Brain, Language and Music Travel Grant, 700.00, October 2019
  • Graduate Mobility Award, McGill University, 2,500.00, April 2019
  • Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel Award, 400.00, October 2018.
  • Mitacs & Mexico Secretariat of Public Education Globalink Research Award, 6,000.00, 2018
  • Graduate Mobility Award, McGill University, 1,000.00, 2018
  • Indigenous Studies Award, McGill University,1,300.00, 2018
  • Crevier Bronstetter Scholarship, Concordia University, 4,820.00, 2016-2017
  • Concordia Undergraduate Student Research Award, Concordia University, 5,625.00, 2017
  • Birks Family Foundation Bursary, Concordia University, 1,000.00, 2017

Languages

  • Native: French (Québécois)
  • Fluent: English, Spanish
  • Intermediate: German
  • Research: Chuj (Mayan), Kaqchikel (Mayan), Kabyle (Berber)