I am associate professor of Linguistics.
My research focuses on morpho-syntactic functional typology, especially in the areas of word classes, argument structure, and dependent clauses.
In June 2019 I was granted an NWO Vidi grant for the project "Exceptions rule! Lexical restrictions on grammatical structure." This project started early 2020, in collaboration with Katherine Walker (PhD candidate), Pegah Faghiri (postdoc), George Saad, Zarina Molochieva, and Clemens Mayer.
Between 2011 and 2016 I worked as a postdoctoral researcher on the project "Nouns and verbs, and what it means not to have them", with an NWO VENI-grant from the Dutch Organisation for Scientific Research. This project investigated the semantics and morpho-syntax of flexible word classes in Oceanic languages.
Between 2009 and 2011, I was a postdoctoral research associate with Prof. Anna Siewierska at Lancaster University, working on the project "Referential hierarchies in morpho-syntax" (RHIM), funded by the European Science Foundation.
My PhD research (2009) comprised a typological study of word class systems and dependent clause constructions in 50 languages around the world. Specifically, I investigated the relation between functional flexibility of word classes and dependent clause constructions in diverse languages. My thesis won the Joseph Greenberg Award for best typological dissertation between 2009 and 2013.
Functional Typology (at Lancaster University), General Linguistics (at Amsterdam University College),
European Linguistics, The essence of language (UvA)
PDFs of these presentation are available upon request.
Most recent, see https://lexicalrestrictions.com/output/