Hi! I’m a fourth year student in Linguistics at MIT. I’m interested in syntax. That means I’m interested in figuring out why some word orders are acceptable in some languages, but not others, and how this derives either from independently observable properties of a given language, or properties generally universal to language.

Right now, I’m thinking about how [long distance] syntactic dependencies might be encoded in the prosody of a given language, and how this can determine what goes where in a sentence. Before this, I did some work on interactions between Case and other operations in the syntactic derivation.

I can be reached at kbranan —at— mit —dot— edu

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