Projects

I am currently working on a project examining the structural effects of ongoing language shift in northeastern Siberia. I focus primarily on the alignment and argument structure of Chukchi (Chukotko-Kamchatkan), and how these aspects of the language are changing due to increasing shift to Russian.

Knowing and remembering: Rethinking lexical recall as a measure of proficiency in Indigenous language communities, in Language Documentation & Conservation, to appear. (with Daria Boltokova, Maria J. Pupynina, and Lenore A. Grenoble)

Language variation in a shifting community: Different patterns of noun incorporation in Modern Chukchi, in the International Journal of Bilingualism, to appear.

(Socio)linguistic outcomes of social reorganization in Chukotka, in Siberian Worlds, eds. Davidov, Ferguson, & Ziker, to appear.

Teaching and learning indigenous languages of the Russian Federation, in Russian Language Journal, to appear. (with Hilah Kohen, Irina Sadovina, Tetyana Dzyadevych, Dylan Charter, Anna Gomboeva, Lenore A. Grenoble, and Rossina Soyan)

Complexity and simplification in language shift, in Frontiers in Communication 6, 2021. (with Lenore A. Grenoble, Antonina Vinokurova, and Elena Nesterova)

Evolving language contact and multilingualism in Northeastern Russia, in Russia in Asia, eds. Romaniello, Hacking, & Hardy, 2020.

Argument structure in language shift: Morphosyntactic variation and grammatical resilience in Modern Chukchi, University of Chicago dissertation, 2020.

Diminishing (typological) diversity in a Russian-Turkic contact zone, in Suvremena Lingvistika 45.87, 2019. (with Lenore A. Grenoble, Irena Khokhlova, and Liudmila Zamorshchikova)

I am also interested in the historical circumstances of contact among the northeastern Siberian languages, particularly involving Chukchi. One of my research interests is the development of ergative case marking in the Chukotkan languages, and the extent to which contact with Siberian Yupik may have played a role in this change.

Alignment change in Chukotkan: Further exploration of the pathways to ergativity, in Diachronica 36.2, 2019.

Another of my research interests is heritage languages, which can provide interesting insights into the types of changes that occur in language shift scenarios. I have conducted experiments investigating changes in the perception and production of lexical pitch accent among heritage speakers of Lithuanian in Chicago.

Together with Lenore Grenoble, we are working on a reconstruction of Odessan Russian, a moribund variety of Russian once robustly-spoken in Odessa, Ukraine. The dialect has mainly been preserved as a collection of stereotypes associated with the speech of Russian Jews. Thus, the focus of this project is not merely a linguistic/grammatical reconstruction, but also a sociolinguistic one: determining which subsets of the population actually spoke the dialect and how it may have been used to index different social relations.

Reconstructing Non-Standard Languages: A socially-anchored approach (Table of Contents), John Benjamins, accepted. (with Lenore A. Grenoble)

Reconstructing sociolinguistic variation, in the Proceedings of the Linguistic Society of America 2, 2017. (with Lenore A. Grenoble)

I have also worked on Ninilchik Russian, a dialect of Russian spoken in Alaska, assisting with the preparation of a dictionary. My undergraduate thesis examined the contact-induced changes in Ninilchik Russian, as well as the effects of language attrition and shift in the second half of the 20th century.

The Linguistic Legacy of Russians in Alaska: Russian Contact and Linguistic Variation in Alaska, with Special Attention to Ninilchik Russian, University of Chicago B.A. Honors Thesis, 2012.