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.

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

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