I'm a linguist with interests in syntax, language change, and language documentation and revitalization. I received my PhD from UC Berkeley in 2023, and I currently work as a language data project manager at a global tech company. I continue to work with the Nukuoro Documentation Initiative to create resources and programming for the Nukuoro language, a Polynesian Outlier language of Micronesia. My CV can be accessed here.
My dissertation documents and analyzes the syntax of Nukuoro, with a particular focus on the structure of matrix and relative clauses and the expression of ergativity in the language.
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.