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, especially in understudied languages of the Americas. I am 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.