I’m a PhD candidate in the UBC linguistics department, supervised by Rose-Marie Déchaine along with Seth Cable (U. Mass. Amherst), Lisa Matthewson, and Michael Rochemont. I did my master’s degree in linguistics and language documentation at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, and my bachelor’s degree there as well.
I am Tlingit (/ˈklɪŋˌkɪt/, Lingít /ˈɬìnkít/), and I have the name Dzéiwsh (/tséːwʃ/). I am a member of the Kaaḵáakʼw Hít (/kʰàːˈqʰáːkʼʷ hít/ ‘Basket/Arch House’) of the Deisheetaan (/tèːʃìːˈtʰàːn/) clan. I am a child of the Sʼiknax̱.ádi (/sʼìknàχˈʔátiˑ/) clan and come from the Shtaxʼhéen Ḵwáan (/ʃtʰàxʼˈhíːn qʰʷáːn/) in the Wrangell area of southeast Alaska. To repeat that in Tlingit: Lingítx̱ x̱at sitee, Dzéiwsh yóo x̱at duwasáakw. Deisheetaan naax̱ x̱at sitee, Kaaḵáakʼw Hít yeedáx̱. Sʼiknax̱.ádi yádi áyá, Shtaxʼhéen Ḵwáan dáx̱, yú Ḵaachx̱an.áakʼw daaxʼ yateeyi ḵwáan.
I work mostly on Tlingit and the Na-Dene (Athabaskan–Eyak–Tlingit) languages, with some side interests in Chinook Jargon and other Pacific Northwest languages. My dissertation research is a formal syntax model for phrasal dislocation in Tlingit, and a model of how dislocation is interpreted in information structure. My research is generally on the interfaces between morphology, syntax, semantics, and information structure. Some of my other interests are the lexicography of Na-Dene languages, historical reconstruction and morphosyntax in the Na-Dene family, the articulation and typology of ejective fricatives, computational methods in historical linguistics, and language contact phenomena in the Pacific Northwest.