Since 2010 I have been doing fieldwork on Wolof, a Niger-Congo language (Atlantic branch) spoken primarily in Senegal and also parts of the Gambia and Mauritania. There is a rich descriptive literature on Wolof, yet the language remains relatively understudied by formal linguists. My research seeks to fill this gap by bringing Wolof data to bear on theoretical questions, including extra-linguistic communicative gestures, the syntax of comparison, the semantics of property concepts, and the nature of stative predication.
I have done extensive fieldwork with native Wolof speakers in Senegal and in Chicago, Philadelphia, Paris, and the Bay Area. My dissertation fieldwork in Ronkh, Senegal was funded by the National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (BCS-1324343).
I have also taught field methods classes to linguistics graduate students Stanford University in 2016 (Amharic) and 2018 (Yoruba).