My research interests cluster around the investigation of the morphosyntax-semantics interface and the description of understudied languages—especially Karata (East Caucasian, Russia) and Seri (Isolate, Mexico). In both domains, it is discovering empirical generalizations and connecting them to the state of knowledge we have of these phenomena—as it is modelled by linguistic theory for instance—which move my work.
I studied linguistics at the University of Lyon where I worked on Karata with Denis Creissels and Colette Grinevald, and at UMass Amherst where I defended a dissertation on the syntax-semantics of yes/no particles co-advised by Rajesh Bhatt and Vincent Homer. After that, I was a postdoctoral researcher on the Seri verbs: multiple complexities project (PI: Matthew Baerman, co-PIs: Patricia Cabredo Hofherr, Carolyn O'Meara) at the University of Surrey.
I am a CNRS researcher at the Laboratoire de Linguistique de Nantes. With Heidi Harley and Robert Henderson, I co-lead the project "Morphosemantics of plurality in languages of the Sonoran desert". I also participate in the IMMOCAL project (PIs: Gilles Authier, Timur Maisak) on TAM in Caucasian languages, and in the PaRL project (PI: Nicolas Guilliot) on questions of polarity in several regional languages of France.
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