I was raised in southern California, where I attended UCLA for a long, long time, studying linguistics as an undergraduate (1974 BA) and later a graduate student (1975 MA; 1980 PhD). 

Research
My primary research interests have been in syntax and the syntactic and morphological structure of languages typologically very dissimilar from English (including native American languages like Maricopa, Yavapai, and Chickasaw and others from outside of North America like Bauan Fijian and Irish Gaelic). 


Teaching
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I have been a member of the English Department at Washington State University since 1981. I am the coordinator of the Linguistics program at WSU and I teach the core linguistics courses in the English Department in syntax, phonology, as well as the traditional grammar course(s) and history of English. Occasionally I teach seminars in linguistic topics like research methods, historical linguistics, discourse analysis and language families in which I have a research interest (Yuman, Celtic)--whatever there is a student demand for.