My primary research area is syntax and its interfaces with morphology and with semantics. Much of my work has concentrated on elliptical phenomena, and in exploring the kinds of ontological questions that ellipsis requires answers to: whether there are phonologically inactive words and phrases, what the representation of variables can be, and where in our theory of human grammars such elements must be posited. These issues speak to the organization of the mental lexicon, but also to questions of how varieties of meaning are represented on the semantic and philosophical side. My primary languages of investigation are the Germanic languages and Greek, with excursions into Slavic and Romance (including fieldwork on Vlach) and others, including work with bilingual children and adults. Jointly with other colleagues, I have worked on the psycholinguistics of ellipsis, and on corpus linguistics applied to historical semantics and legal interpretation.
- On ineffable predicates: Bilingual Greek-English code-switching under ellipsis. 2015. Lingua 166: 199-213.
- How much context is enough? Two cases of span-conditioned stem allomorphy. 2015. Linguistic Inquiry 46.2: 273-303.
- Individual anchors for tenses: How Keats learned to read before Shakespeare. 2015. Linguistic Analysis 39.3-4: 415-421.
- Voice and ellipsis. 2013. Linguistic Inquiry 44:77-108.
- Sluicing: Cross-linguistic perspectives. 2012. Edited by Jason Merchant and Andrew Simpson. Oxford University Press: Oxford.
- Phrasal and clausal comparatives in Greek and the abstractness of syntax. 2009. Journal of Greek Linguistics 9:134-164.
- Fragments and ellipsis. 2004. Linguistics and Philosophy 27:661-738.
- The syntax of silence: Sluicing, islands, and the theory of ellipsis. 2001. Oxford University Press: Oxford.
- PhD, UC-Santa Cruz, 1999
- BA, Yale University, 1991