Hi! I’m a fifth 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 the language faculty. Right now, I’m particularly interested in the syntax-phonology interface—in particular, the idea that phonological requirements might motivate narrow syntactic operations.

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

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