I’m a sixth year graduate student (ABD) at the Department of Linguistics at NYU. My research interests lie primarily in the domain of theoretical (morpho)-syntax, but I’m also engaged in corpus and experimental work on language acquisition. By virtue of exploring modality as part of the ModSquad, I often find myself at the syntax-semantics interface as well. I have also been involved in projects dealing with primate communication.

My dissertation (in the works) is a detailed exploration of the syntax of modal verbs in my native Bosnian/Serbian/Croatian (BCS; naški for the native speakers 🙂 ) and an attempt to answer the long-asked question of what, if any, are the structural differences between epistemic and root modals. This question leads me to others, including how, if at all, do the structural differences between modal flavors affect child language learning, and how do adults process these differences.

I also harbor an eternal fascination with the phenomena of Case and Agreement, Dative being something I somehow always return to.

Education

2011 Master of Arts in English Language and Literature – Teaching Program
English Department, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Sarajevo
2008 Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature
English Department, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Sarajevo