Research

Full CV (updated May 2016)

  • syntax
  • French linguistics
  • Algonquian linguistics

I completed my Ph.D. thesis in 2002 at University College London (The syntax of non-canonical quantification: A comparative study). The various domains of investigation were French WH in situ, partial WH movement, French negative constructions, and constructions with attributive focus particles.

My M.A. dissertation was on optional wh movement.

My research focuses on two languages: French, on the one hand, and Ojibwe (an Algonquian language), on the other ; although, as a linguist, I am interested in ALL languages. I am a syntactician and my research has over the years concentrated on the structure of the noun phrase, wh movement and wh in situ, the left periphery of the clause, the mass/count distinction, gender, long distance agreement, noun incorporation, and denominal verb formation. My research has been published in journals such as International Journal of American Linguistics, Journal of Linguistics, Lingua, Probus, Studia Linguistica, Linguistic Variation, Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, Syntax and Linguistic Inquiry. I am the author of a book on island effects entitled ‘The syntax and semantics of split constructions’ (co-author: Alastair Butler) with publisher Palgrave-MacMillan, the editor of a special edition of Lingua on noun incorporation, the editor of a volume Variation across and within languages co-editor Marie-Hélène Côté) and the author of numerous chapters in books (with Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, John Benjamins, Routledge, and Springer, among others). My research has been funded by SSHRC several times (#410-2005-1781, #0002-833-2008 and #410-2011-2417).

I am happy to supervise students on subjects connected to my research and beyond. Please do not hesitate to contact me for further information.