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Faculty of Humanities


I am currently the PI or a co-applicant/collaborator on several major grants funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and New Frontiers in Research:

  • Language revitalization in infants: Lullabies as a tool to promote intergenerational mobility, Indigenous health and community well-being; New Frontiers in Research Fund – Exploration; PI (co-applicants: Andrea Gonzalez, McMaster University; Elizabeth Orr, Brock University; Ryan DeCaire, University of Toronto); 2022-24)
  • Transnational Network for Indigenous Language Revitalization: Building partnerships and capacity for community-based language programs, SSRHC Partnership Development Grant; PI (co-applicants: Brian Maracle, Onkwawén:na Kentyóhkwa; Erica Elijah, Twatati Oneida Language Committee; Lynnete Printup, Nęyękwawętaʔθkwáhshek Tuscarora Language Program; Ryan DeCaire, University of Toronto); 2020-24
  • Syntax in the brain: EEG exploration of syntactic dependencies in typologically distinct languages; SSHRC Insight Development Grant; PI (collaborator: Jon Sprouse, NYU Abu Dhabi); 2023-25
  • Understanding Kanien’kéha verbs: Linguistic research and language revitalization; SSHRC Insight Development Grant; collaborator (PI: Jessica Coon, McGill University; collaborators: Louis Alonso Ovale, McGill University, Susana Béjar, William Brant, Ryan DeCaire; all University of Toronto; Kučerová); 2023-25
  • Language policies for Indigenous languages. Scholars at Risk USA Network Ukraine Fellowship. A postdoctoral fellowship for Dr. Alina Dochu. 2023-25
  • Grammatical vs semantic features: the semantics-morphology mapping, and its consequences for syntax (PI; co-applicant: Betsy Ritter, University of Calgary; collaborator: Nicholas Welch, University of Toronto; 2016-2023)
  • Sinâni: Inuttitut on the Edge (co-applicant; PI: Alana Johns, University of Toronto; SSHRC Insight Grant; 2015-2023)

In addition, I received a Canada Foundation for Innovation (John R. Evans Leaders Fund; CFI JELF) funding to build a new experimental syntax lab (EEG, eye-tracking; fully operational as of the fall 2022)