Professor, Classics, Modern Languages and Linguistics
My research focuses on three primary areas: Indo-European linguistics (especially syntax), Oceanic linguistics (especially Micronesian), and general diachronic phonology/syntax (and their interface).
Within Indo-European linguistics I am particularly interested in exploiting so-called “Wackernagel's Law” phenomena to determine basic clause structure in archaic Indo-Iranian languages. Within Oceanic linguistics I am particularly interested in the historical phonology, morphology and syntax of Marshallese, Rotuman, and New Caledonian and Loyalty Island Languages.
PhD Linguistics, Harvard University (1987)
MA Linguistics, Indiana University (1980)
BA Linguistics, University of Michigan (1976)
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