UBC Department of Linguistics
2613 West Mall
Vancouver, British Columbia
I’m a PhD student in the UBC linguistics department. I am Tlingit, a member of the Kaaḵáakʼw Hít (/kʰaːqʰáːkʼʷ hít/) or “Basket/Arch House” of the Deisheetaan (/teːʃiːtʰaːn/) clan, a child of the Sʼiknax̱.ádi (/sʼiknaχʔátiˑ/) clan, and from the Shtaxʼhéen Ḵwáan (/ʃtʰaxʼhíːn qʰʷáːn/) or Stikine area. My primary Tlingit name is Dzéiwsh (/tséːwʃ/), and I am the caretaker of the G̱aanax̱.ádi (/qaːnaχʔátiˑ/) clan name Gaanyaa (/kaːnjaː/) which belonged to my great great great grandfather Chief George Gunyah of Tuxekan (Tʼaḵjik.aan, /tʼaqtʃikʔaːn/).
I work mostly on Tlingit and the Na-Dene (Athabaskan–Eyak–Tlingit) languages, with some side interests in Chinook Jargon and other Pacific Northwest languages. My research is on morphology and its interfaces with phonetics, phonology, and syntax, as well as the methods and theories of language documentation. I have specific interests in the articulation and typology of ejective fricatives, historical reconstruction and morphosyntax in the Na-Dene family, and language contact phenomena in the Pacific Northwest.
There is much more about me and my work on my personal website.