My research aims at explaining puzzles of linguistic variation, with the aim of refining and streamlining our current understanding of how grammar works, as well as uncovering new principles and grammatical restrictions. The data I work on usually comes from working with native consultants of understudied languages (e.g. Mongolian and Wolof). The puzzles I focus on are chosen based on how they challenge accepted principles or generalizations. More narrowly, I am drawn to nominal licensing and cross-clausal dependencies.
For a list of publications, please see my website https://sites.google.com/view/sznfong.