Research and projects

Publications and Manuscripts

2018. Possessors move through the edge, too. Glossa: A Journal of General Linguistics, 3(1), 135. DOI:

2018. Optional Elements in Indonesian Morphosyntax. Ph.D dissertation, University of Pennsylvania.

2017. On the number of voices in Madurese. Journal of Southeast Asian Linguistics Vol. 10.1:16-35.

Under review (submitted). A paper discussing categorial ambiguity in modal-like verbs in Indonesian, and theoretical implications.

In progress. The Indonesian complementizer system. Ms.

Proceedings Papers

2017. Variants of Indonesian Prepositions as Intra-speaker variability at PF. Penn Working Papers in Linguistics vol. 23.1 (with Alison Biggs).

2016. Possessor extraction in Indonesian-type languages. Proceedings of the 2016 Annual Meeting of LSA.

2016. Voice and register differences in Madurese. Proceedings of the 22nd Meeting of the Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association (22-AFLA).

Conference Presentations

(Upcoming) Expanding the wh-agreement profile: Evidence from Indonesian. Paper presented at the 23rd International Symposium on Malay and Indonesian Linguistics, Banyuwangi Indonesia, July 8-9, 2019.

(Upcoming) P-drop in languages of Java [panel in honor of William Davies]. Paper presented at the 7th Annual Symposium on the Languages of Java (ISLOJ 7), Banyuwangi Indonesia, July 6-8, 2019.

Wh-agreement across three domains in Indonesian. Paper presented at Penn Linguistics Conference (PLC43), Philadelphia PA, March 22-24, 2019. (Abstract; Handout)

Partial wh-movement, cleft structure and the composition of wh-words in Indonesian. Poster presented at the 2019 Annual Meeting of LSA, New York NY, January 3-6, 2019. (Poster file)

Revisiting crossed control in Indonesian. Paper presented at the 22nd International Symposium on Malay and Indonesian Linguistics, UCLA, May 10-11, 2018. (Handout)

Disentangling pronouns and reflexives with shared morphology in Madurese. Poster presented at the 48th meeting of the Northeast Linguistics Society (NELS 48), University of Iceland, October 27-29, 2017. (Poster file)

[Invited talk] Alternations in Indonesian C. National University of Singapore, August 25, 2017. (Here are slides prepared for a mixed audience, including undergraduates.)

Possessor sub-extraction and its implications. Paper presented at the 24th Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association (24-AFLA), University of Washington, Seattle WA, April 7-9, 2017.

Avoiding prescriptive influence: Collaborative fieldwork with native speakers. Paper presented at Language Documentation and Linguistic Theory 5 (LDLT5), SOAS, December 2-4, 2016. (Slides)

On phonologically unrealized prepositions: The syntax and morphology of Indonesian P-drop. Poster presented at the 40th Penn Linguistics Conference (PLC40), Philadelphia PA, March 18-20, 2016.

Possessor extraction at the left periphery. Poster presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting of LSA, Washington DC, January 7-10, 2016.

Linguistic fieldwork meets local training: Opportunities for young scholars. Poster presented at the GAPSA Provost Interdisciplinary Award reception, Univ. of Pennsylvania, September 2015.

Three voices in Madurese. Paper presented at the 13th International Conference of Austronesian Linguistics (ICAL 13), Taipei, July 18-23, 2015.

Voice and Register Differences in Madurese. Paper presented at the 22nd Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association (22-AFLA), McGill University, May 22-24, 2015.

Ongoing research collaborations

Local investigator for Madurese, LeibnizDream research team, PIs: A. Alexiadou, T. Guasti, U. Sauerland. Cross-linguistic experiments in L1 acquisition (planned timeline 2019-2024).

Writing and Peer Review in STEM. With V. Ross, M. Liberman (PIs) and B. Kelly. Quantitative study of the efficacy of peer review in undergraduate writing in STEM fields.

Edited volume

2016. Penn Working Papers in Linguistics (PWPL) volume 22.2: Selected papers from New Ways of Analyzing Variation conference (NWAV 44), University of Toronto, October 22-25, 2015.

Other publications

2017 (Booklet). Bold Ideas for Philanthropists to Drive Social Change (with Anne Ferola, Lindsay Kijewski and Kim-Jamy Nguyen). The Center for High Impact Philanthropy. A copy is available for download here.