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 of understudied languages of the Americas. I am especially interested in ergativity, split ergativity, case and agreement systems, nominalization, verb-initial languages, field 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.
In 2011 I began working Mi’gmaq, a First Nations language of Quebec. Together with a team of students, I am collaborating with Mi’gmaq speakers and language teachers in the Mi’gmaq Listuguj community to document, research, and develop teaching material for the language. You can learn more about the work we’re doing on http://migmaq.org/.