I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics at McGill University and Canada Research Chair in Syntax and Indigenous Languages. My research is focused on syntax and morphology, with a focus on understudied languages of the Americas. I am especially interested in ergativity, split ergativity, case and agreement systems, nominalization, verb-initial word order, fieldwork methodology, and collaborative work with language communities.
Much of my work is based on data from the Mayan language, Ch’ol. I began fieldwork on the language in 2002, and have been traveling regularly to Chiapas ever since. Here in Montreal I am working with speakers of Chuj, a Mayan language of Guatemala.