I’m the editor of the language blog on Slate, Lexicon Valley.
I’m interested in linguistics outreach, both in terms of linguistic fieldwork and making linguistics topics more accessible to the general public. Research-wise, I’m interested in syntax-semantics fieldwork and typology in underdocumented languages, best practices in field linguistics, and language and technology.
I graduated from McGill University in 2013 with an M.A. in linguistics. My M.A. thesis is about verb stem composition in Mi’gmaq (Eastern Algonquian), with respect to how both roots (‘initials’) and categorizing elements (‘finals’) create idioms when they attach directly to each other, but have predictable meanings when they attach to larger pieces of structure. My thesis and various handouts can be downloaded here.
I write linguistics-related articles for a general audience, most notably about internet linguistics, including the grammar of doge, the “because x” construction, the constraints on synonyms for Benedict Cumberbatch, and interviews with CBC Spark and with the BBC Today Programme. A full list of my non-blog writing can be found here, and the most up-to-date source is always my blog, All Things Linguistic.
I’ve also written a guide to writing pop linguistics articles, which you should definitely check out if you’re considering pitching me for Lexicon Valley.
When I’m not linguist-ing, I like swing-dancing, board games, and experimenting with new recipes.