Research

My main research interest is situated in the field of linguistic typology with a special focus on transitivity, voice and valency.

Apart from the synchronic description of a language structure, I also maintain an interest in how a given structure evolved over time, approaching it from a historical angle.

I have worked extensively on the antipassive constructions, particularly in the accusative languages. I developed a theory about how and why the antipassive patterns develop from reflexivity and reciprocity across different languages.

Inspired by the empirical foundation of the project  Grammatical Universals, I have started working on grammatical universals in the domain of reflexivity. A recent participation in the Conference on Historical Linguistics 2017, gave me also an opportunity to deepen the diachronic dimension of my research, approaching the emergence of ergative and accusative alignments.

With respect to grammatical theory, I subscribe to a modular approach which treats the different subcomponents of grammar, in particular, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics, not as isolated but as interacting sets of constraints on human language.