Christopher M. Hammerly

Christopher M. Hammerly

Postdoctoral Fellow

University of Minnesota


I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Institute of Linguistics at the University of Minnesota. Starting in Fall 2021, I will be an Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of British Columbia. I am a descendent of the White Earth Nation in Minnesota, and much of my work focuses on understanding and documenting my ancestral language Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe). I use a variety of methods to understand the cognitive representations and processes underpinning human knowledge of syntax (sentence structure) and morphology (word structure), including formal theories, fieldwork, computational models, and experimental tasks. I am particularly interested in the nature of the basic units of morphosyntax (person, number, and noun classification), and how these units participate in long-distance dependencies such as movement and agreement.


  • Syntax & Morphology
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe)


  • PhD in Linguistics, 2020

    UMass Amherst

  • BA in Linguistics, 2014

    University of Minnesota

  • BS in Psychology, 2014

    University of Minnesota

Recent & Upcoming Presentations

Processing obviation and voice in Border Lakes Ojibwe

Deriving person-based prominence effects: A set-based theory of AGREE

In this talk, I argue for a new level of representation, primitives, which combine into sets and replace prominence scales and feature geometries in capturing person-based prominence effects in agreement. I argue this new theory has both a conceptual and empirical edge over previous accounts.

Recent Posts

New Website

Welcome to my new website! Things are still being worked on, but here is the start. I hope to put up more about the projects I am working on, perhaps a few blog posts, and some older talks and papers.