My primary interest in linguistics is in spoken Arabic varieties and the historical processes that led to the diversity we see in them today. I am also interested in the dialect geography of Berber languages and the history of language contact in North Africa. Much of my work has focused the semantics and origins of grammatical constructions in Moroccan Arabic, though I also have some background in general Semitic and Afroasiatic linguistics and fieldwork exposure to unrelated languages (Miskito).
In my M.A. thesis I argued for a systemic reanalysis of the system of definiteness (or "givenness") marking in Moroccan Arabic, showing that previous descriptions of the dialect cannot aways account for forms encountered in speech. My dissertation treated the same issue more broadly by proposing a more refined framework for understanding definiteness in Arabic varieties and then exploring typological variation within modern spoken dialects.