I am an Assistant Professor of English and Linguistics at Wichita State University, Kansas where I direct the Menon Lab. I received my PhD in Linguistics from University of Southern California in August 2016. I am also the Liberal Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Academic Advisor for Linguistics at Wichita State and an Associate Editor of the Journal of South Asian Linguistics.
My primary research area is the syntax-semantics interface. I work on a variety of empirical phenomena including, expression of degree modification, predication, and comparison, adjectival semantics and syntax, argument ellipsis, plurals and the mass/count distinction, notions of finiteness and case, and the phenomenon of closest conjunct agreement. My collaborators are Roumyana Pancheva, Andrew Simpson, Sarah Ouwayda, Arunima Chowdhury, and Alfredo Garcia Pardo. I am a member of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA) and the Cognitive Science Society.
In addition to my theoretical work, I work on cognitive and musical processing, in particular, pursuing the relation between music and language through a series of psycholinguistic priming experiments. On this project, I collaborate with Elsi Kaiser. I am also interested in understanding where biases in parsing language (both natural and artificial) comes from, particularly relative clause attachment biases. On this project, I collaborate with Elsi Kaiser and Felix Hao Wang. I am also a member of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition (SMPC) and Women in Cognitive Science (WiCS).
Apart from my theoretical and experimental work, I am interested in language documentation, language conservation, and revitalization. Along with photographer Hari Menon, I am documenting the endangered, moribund language Judeo-Malayalam spoken by about forty people in Cochin, India. Along with Hari, I am preparing a coffee table book, visually documenting the last remaining Jews of Cochin. Please check our website for more information. This project has been featured in the media recently: DNA India and the Deccan Chronicle. I am also working on making an online archive for indigenous food and language of the Potawatomi Indians of Kansas. This project will be completed by December 2017.
At Wichita State, I co-organize the Language and Linguistics Colloquium and lead the FoodLang Brown Bag Lunch Reading Group.
In an advisory role, I am the Linguistics advisor and company mentor of an early-stage startup called Subverses Inc. They are building a language learning game called Subverses Covert that helps you learn a new language through video games. I am also the advisor of TangoQA, a startup which is simplifying on-demand software testing.
To learn more about all this, please check the links above.
You can also find my fictional alter ego here and my culinary alter ego here and here and a blog with a friend on getting in and around California without a car here. I am the faculty advisor of the Wichita English department's blog and Wichita State's Linguistics Club.
Service-learning faculty fellow: I have been named a Service-learning faculty fellow for 2019-2020 at Wichita State.
October, 2019: Attitudes towards languages spoken at Wichita State. Tilford Colloquium, University of Kansas
October, 2019: The temporal syntax of ser and estar. COROLA workshop, Madrid
August, 2019: Parsing ungrammatical sentences leads to preference for non-congruent musical pieces, SMPC 2019, New York University
March, 2019: Invited talk at FASAL 9, Reed College
October, 2018: University of Minnesota, Invited Colloquium