Research

I am a sociolinguist who specializes in language contact situations involving minority languages. The central issue of my research is minority language resilience. Why do some languages survive in ideologically hostile environments while others do not? What do resilient languages teach us about how to address language death in an increasingly globalized world? How do extreme sociolinguistic environments affect grammars? Much of my work at Ohio State has addressed these and related questions.


My expertise is in the minority languages of Argentina, in particular Argentine Guarani, a historically and linguistically unique variety of Guarani which has been largely overshadowed by Paraguayan Guarani. Comparison of these two closely related varieties spoken in drastically different sociolinguistic environments allows us to probe at how ideologies and institutions affect language transmission, language use, and the grammars of the languages themselves. I'm additionally interested in these issues as they pertain to Santiagueño Quichua (spoken in the province of Santiago del Estero), Patagonian Welsh (spoken in the province of Chubut), and Mbya (spoken in the province of Misiones).


I utilize both qualitative and quantitative approaches, and fieldwork is methodologically central to my research. My current primary projects are the product of fieldwork trips in 2017, 2018, and 2020, which were made by possible by funding from the U.S. Department of Education, the Tinker Foundation, and The Ohio State University (specifically the Council of Graduate Students, the Board of Trustees, and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese).


My research has been presented in the United States, England, Argentina, and Cuba, including at the Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA), New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV), the Hispanic Linguistics Symposium (HLS), the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA), the Manchester Phonology Meeting (mfm), and the Workshop on American Indigenous Languages (WAIL), among various others.