Selected Publications

An examination of novel morphological processes in Caribbean Rasta Talk.
Journal of Pidgin & Creole Languages 33(2), 2018

This study traces the historical development of the focus concord construction of Sinhala with comparison to Dravidian & Japanese.
Glossa 3(1), 2018

An overview of Indo-Aryan compound verbs.
The Languages and Linguistics of South Asia: A Comprehensive Guide. H.H. Hock & E. Bashir (eds.) De Gruyter, 2016

This study examines the history of English epistemic indefinites like some man and some man or other, examining earlier structures in Middle and Old English.
Epistemic indefinites, L. Alonso-Ovalle & P. Menéndez-Benito (eds.), OUP, 2015

A study of the properties and history development of light verb-verb constructions in Indo-Aryan, focussing on Hindi & Nepali.
Diachronica 30(4), 2013

Evidence for a new formula associated with the Indo-European dragon-slaying myth.
Historische Sprachforschung 121, 2008

Recent & Upcoming Talks

More Talks

Aspectual particles in Hindi [with Saket Bahuguna and Aniko Csirmaz]
16 March 2019 4:45 PM
A templatic treatment of temporal terms [with Aniko Csirmaz]
12 October 2018 11:45 AM
Visibility parameter: An unusual class of adverbials [with Aniko Csirmaz]
12 October 2018 10:15 AM
Underlying structure of a class of adverbials [with Aniko Csirmaz]
6 January 2018 10:30 AM
An Optimality-Theoretical Analysis of a Novel Morphological Process in Rasta Talk
5 January 2018 10:30 AM
South Asian relative-correlatives and unexpected particles
28 October 2017 10:30 AM
Then too... [with Aniko Csirmaz]
14 October 2017 9:50 AM
Why are there disjunctive particles in Sinhala & Dravidian relative-correlatives?: existential particles in nonexistential environments
3 August 2017 2:30 PM
Adding meaning to Indo-Aryan aspectula adverbials 'then' and 'again' [with Aniko Csirmaz]
3 August 2017 1:35 PM
The pieces of Indo-Aryan aspectual adverbs [with Aniko Csirmaz]
5 March 2017 12:15 PM

Recent Posts

I’ve recently installed GuixSD, a distribution of GNU Linux, on one of my machines. GuixSD‖ is notable for having a number of major components (package manager, init system) written in GNU Guile, an implementation of Scheme, which is itself a dialect of Lisp (formerly LISP)†. But Guix is pronounced /ɡiːks/ (i.e. identically to geeks). Why? The final x of Guix is presumably by analogy to Linux, which was itself produced by analogy to Unix‡, based on the first name of its creator, Linus Torvalds.


Or, why is the & on the 7 key? Back in ca. 2003, when I was preparing the diplomatic edition of Beowulf for Beowulf on Steorarume (, I noticed the use of what looks like the Arabic numeral ‘7’ for and (Old English ond). Beowulf f.132v: ll.120b-123a /* Left-aligned text in a centered block (does not work in Adobe Digital Editions 1.7) */ .poem { display: table; margin-right: auto; margin-left: auto; }


I’m still working on the back-end technology, but hopefully more blog posts should start appearing here soon(ish), acting as a (prettier and less privacy-invading blogspot-ish) continuation of my old linguistics blog, Stæfcræft & Vyākaraṇa. If you’re interested in my musings scribblings on topics outside of natural language, you might visit my other blog, The Neo-Babbage Files. In the meantime, here’s a clever Nepali tongue-twister my wife came up with:p पारसीले परसि फरसि खान्छ रे



I teach the following courses at the University of Utah:

  • BUS 3950: Origins of Business Words
  • LING 4130 / 6130: Historical Linguistics
  • LING 5030: Semantics
  • LING 5200 / 6200: Structure of Indo-Aryan
  • LING 5981 / 6080 / 7080: Morphology
  • LING 6030 / 7030: Graduate Semantics


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