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/ˈbaɪɹən ˈɑn/
‘he’ pronouns

1-S-4B Green Hall

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ 08542

I am an assistant professor in the Program in Linguistics, at Princeton University.

I overview my research below – for more information about me and my research, please use the links in the navigation menu above.

overview of research

Broadly, my research can be described most generally as investigating linguistic data at the interfaces, focusing primarily on theoretical syntax and prosody: how the two relate and diverge, and how they interact with how they interact with semantics, morphology, and linguistic variation.

Syntactically, I am very interested in the formal properties of reflexive binding. (What is the internal structure of anaphoric pronominals like ‘them+selves’, where can they appear in a sentence, and how are those two related?). I also pursue questions of (clausal) argument structure, as well as questions of the internal structure of nominals.

Prosodically, I mostly focus on intonation – its phonology, the phonetics-phonology interface, and its relatinoship to (various levels of) meaning. (What are the atoms of intonation, how are they realized phonetically, and what meanings do they contribute?) I also engage with questions about prosodic prominence: focus stress/accent. My explorations in this domain is largely interface-oriented, considering meaning and syntactic structure.

I also am a lead-PI for a multi-institutional research collective, intonation and its interfaces (int²). In 2021, we awarded a multi-year NSF research grant for a project on intonational meaning entitled “Exploring Variation in English Intonational Acoustic Phonetics from Grammatical Perspectives” (co-PIs: Alejna Brugos, Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel, Sunwoo Jeong, Nanette Veilleux).

news

Oct 13, 2022 At the 50th annual meeting of New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV50), we gave project launch presentation on pscyho-/socio-linguistic explorations into variation in singular they. Video of the short presentation, slides and OSF respository linked below!
Apr 15, 2022 In just over a month (May 28th), the PoLaR develpment team will be at Speech Prosody 2022 (Univeristy of Lisbon) giving a tutorial on how to annotate with PolaR.
Mar 25, 2022 The slides for the talk and a poster presentations I gave at the 35th Annual Conference on Human Sentence Processing (HSP2022) can be found here: