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My current research is centered on converbs with focus in Northwest Caucasian (NWC) languages. This research has developed out of an interest in critical approaches to language documentation and description, as well as interests in linguistic typology, syntax, and clause linkage. I have also worked on converbs in Sylheti, a minority language in Bangladesh.

My PhD thesis project will use existing documentation of NWC languages as well as additional fieldwork to survey these constructions within NWC languages and with reference to Northeast Caucasian languages. The thesis will answer the following questions:

  1. What can converbs tell us about the overall syntactic structure of NWC languages?
  2. How do they relate to the accepted definition(s) of “converb”?
  3. How do they compare to other NWC, Caucasian, and world languages?
  4. What implications do these findings have for topics and discussions in linguistic typology, description, and documentation?

Academic History

  • PhD, Comparative Linguistics (2021 – )
  • Goethe University Frankfurt
  • Thesis: Converb constructions in Northwest Caucasian languages (Nordwestkaukasische Konverbkonstruktionen)
  • MA Language Documentation and Description (2015 – 2016)
  • SOAS, University of London
  • Dissertation: A cross-linguistic perspective on converb constructions in Sylheti
  • Dissertation available here:
  • BA Linguistics (2011 – 2015)
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Minor: Japanese
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