I'm a PhD candidate in the Linguistics Department at UC Berkeley with interests in syntax, language change, and language documentation and revitalization. I'm also a member of the Designated Emphasis in Indigenous Language Revitalization. Since 2015, I've conducted fieldwork with speakers of Nukuoro, a Polynesian Outlier language of Micronesia. My CV can be accessed here.
My research program focuses on clause structure, case, and extraction restrictions, including how these syntactic phenomena change over time. In particular, I'm interested in:
The header image was taken on Nukuoro Atoll in June 2019, when a friend and I had an (unexpected) overnight stay on the outer islets.
emily_drummond [at] berkeley [dot] edu
- 05/2023: I successfully defended my dissertation, Clause structure and ergativity in Nukuoro, on May 23rd!
- 01/2023: I presented a poster at NELS 53 on syntactic ergativity without inversion in Nukuoro.
- 12/2022: My NELS 52 proceedings paper "Abstract ergative Case without morphological case" is officially published! The pre-print version is available on my Publications page.
- 09/2022: I gave a talk at COOL 12 in Tahiti on word order shift and loss of ergative case in the Polynesian Outliers.
- 06/2022: The latest version of the Nukuoro Living Dictionary is here, with nearly 6,500 entries and 1,000 audio files.