Department of Linguistics
University of California, Los Angeles
3125 Campbell Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095
United States


[ CV ]


I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics at UCLA. My research interests lie primarily in theoretical syntax and its interfaces to morphology and semantics.

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[recent manuscripts]

  • Crossover asymmetries [pdf]
    [w/ Rajesh Bhatt]
    Ms., UCLA & University of Massachusetts Amherst.
  • Silencing the PCC [pdf]
    [w/ Jon Ander Mendia]
    Ms., UCLA & UPV/EHU.

[to appear]

  • Clause-internal successive cyclicity: phasality or DP intervention? [pdf]
    [w/ Hedde Zeijlstra]
    Natural Language & Linguistic Theory.
  • More on (the lack of) reconstruction in English tough-constructions [pdf]
    [w/ Ethan Poole & Jon Ander Mendia]
    Linguistic Inquiry.
  • Φ-Feature sharing [pdf]
    The Cambridge Handbook of Minimalism, ed. by K. Grohmann & E. Leivada. Cambridge: CUP.
  • Impoverishment [pdf]
    [w/ Gereon Müller]
    The Cambridge Handbook of Distributed Morphology, ed. by A. Alexiadou, R. Kramer, A. Marantz & I. Oltra-Massuet. Cambridge: CUP.


  • Not all reconstruction effects are syntactic [link]
    [w/ Ethan Poole]
    Natural Language & Linguistic Theory (Online First).


  • Movement and cyclic Agree [pdf]
    [w/ Bhamati Dash]
    Natural Language & Linguistic Theory 41, 679–732.
  • Person restrictions depend on overt agreement, not nominal licensing [pdf]
    [w/ Will Oxford & Jessica Coon]
    Proceedings of NELS 52, Vol. 2, ed. by B. Pratley, Ö. Bakay, E. Neu & P. Deal. Amherst, MA: GLSA, 139–148.


  • Feature gluttony [pdf]
    [w/ Jessica Coon]
    Linguistic Inquiry 52, 655–710.


  • Probes and Their Horizons [link]
    Linguistic Inquiry Monograph 81. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA.
  • Locality domains in syntax: Evidence from sentence processing [link; prefinal pdf; suppl. materials]
    Syntax 23, 105–151.


  • Hierarchy effects in copula constructions [link; prefinal pdf]
    [w/ Michael Wagner & Jessica Coon]
    Canadian Journal of Linguistics 64, 617–648.
  • Selective opacity [pdf]
    Linguistic Inquiry 50, 13–62.
  • Secondary strong crossover in Hindi and the typology of movement [pdf]
    [w/ Rajesh Bhatt]
    Proceedings of NELS 49, Vol. 1. ed. by M. Baird & J. Pesetsky. Amherst: GLSA, p. 125–134.


  • Case vs. positions in the locality of A-movement [pdf]
    Glossa 3, 138.
  • The cyclicity of ϕ-Agree: Evidence from scrambling [pdf]
    [w/ Bhamati Dash]
    Proceedings of NELS 48. ed. by S. Hucklebridge & M. Nelson. Amherst: GLSA, p. 91–104.
  • Interpreting long scrambling in Hindi-Urdu [pdf]
    [w/ Ethan Poole]
    Proceedings of NELS 48. ed. by S. Hucklebridge & M. Nelson. Amherst: GLSA, p. 105–118.
  • Tense and the realization of the feminine plural in Hindi-Urdu [prefinal pdf]
    [w/ Rajesh Bhatt]
    Perspectives on the Architecture and Acquisition of Syntax: Essays in Honour of R. Amritavalli. ed. by G. Sengupta, S. Sircar, M. Gayathri Raman & R. Balusu. Springer, Dordrecht, p. 49–76.


  • Long-distance agreement [link; prefinal pdf]
    [w/ Rajesh Bhatt]
    The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Syntax, 2nd Edition, Vol. IV. ed by M. Everaert & H. van Riemsdijk. Blackwell-Wiley, Hoboken, NJ, p. 2291–2321.
  • Intervention in tough-constructions revisited [link; prefinal pdf]
    [w/ Ethan Poole]
    The Linguistic Review 34: 295–329.
  • Hierarchy effects in copular constructions: The PCC corner of German [pdf]
    [w/ Jessica Coon & Michael Wagner]
    Proceedings of NELS 47. ed. by A. Lamont & K. Tetzloff. Amherst: GLSA, p. 205–214.
  • Agreement and vP phases [pdf]
    A Schrift to Fest Kyle Johnson [link]. ed. by N. LaCara, K. Moulton & A.-M. Tessier. University of Massachusetts Amherst: Linguistics Open Access Publications 1, p. 177–185.


  • Probes and their horizons [pdf]
    Dissertation, University of Massachusetts Amherst.
  • Interpreting verb clusters [link]
    [w/ Rajesh Bhatt]
    Natural Language & Linguistic Theory 34: 1445–1492.


  • Verb clusters and the semantics of head movement [pdf]
    [w/ Rajesh Bhatt]
    Proceedings of WCCFL 32. ed. by U. Steindl, T. Borer, H. Fang, A. García Pardo, P. Guekguezian, B. Hsu, C. O'Hara & I. C. Ouyang. Cascadilla Press, Somerville, MA, p. 82–91.
  • Differential argument encoding by impoverishment [link; prefinal pdf]
    [w/ Gereon Müller]
    Scales and Hierarchies: A Cross-Disciplinary Perspective. ed. by I. Bornkessel-Schlesewsky, A. Malchukov & M. Richards. de Gruyter, Berlin, p. 75–130.


  • Complete and defective agreement in Kutchi [link; prefinal pdf]
    [w/ Trupti Nisar & Rajesh Bhatt]
    Linguistic Variation 14: 243–288.


  • Deconstructing switch-reference [link]
    Natural Language & Linguistic Theory 31: 767–826.
  • Syntagmatic constraints on insertion [pdf]
    Morphology 23: 201–226.
  • On the role of movement in Hindi/Urdu long-distance agreement [pdf]
    Proceedings of NELS 42. ed. by S. Keine & S. Sloggett. GLSA, Amherst, p. 273–284.


  • How complex are complex words? Evidence from linearization [prefinal pdf]
    Lingua 122: 1268–1281.


  • Non-zero/non-zero alternations in differential object marking [pdf]
    [w/ Gereon Müller]
    Proceedings of NELS 39. ed. by S. Lima, K. Mullin & B. Smith. GLSA, Amherst, p. 441–454.


  • Case and Agreement from Fringe to Core: A Minimalist Approach [link]
    de Gruyter, Berlin.
  • Does chain hybridization in Irish support movement-based approaches to long-distance dependencies? [pdf]
    [w/ Anke Assmann, Fabian Heck, Johannes Hein & Gereon Müller]
    Proceedings of the HPSG10 Conference. ed. by S. Müller. CSLI, Stanford, p. 27–46.


  • Reanalyzing Hindi split-ergativity as a morphological phenomenon [pdf]
    1 2 many. ed. by J. Trommer & A. Opitz. Universität Leipzig: Linguistische Arbeitsberichte 85, p. 73–127.