Christopher M. Hammerly

Christopher M. Hammerly

Postdoctoral Fellow

University of Minnesota

About

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.

Interests

  • Syntax & Morphology
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe)

Education

  • 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

Original posts regarding the open letter to the LSA

Since I have switched over my website, I received a request to make my previous blog posts regarding the open letter to the LSA from Summer 2020. Here is both my initial post entitled “Thoughts on the open letter to the LSA” from July 8th, 2020, followed by a second post entitled “A response to a journalist” from July 27th, 2020.

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.

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