Morphology, syntax, lexical semantics, lexicography, typology, language documentation, language revitalization, language maintenance, language work methodologies, with special emphasis on Mayan languages.
As a morpho-syntactician, I study word formation and I am especially interested in the interface between morphology, syntax and semantics in human languages. I look at functional factors that shape the use of certain morphological constructions in agglutinative languages. Speakers activate these different domains when using their language, so there must be abstract and formal principles that determine how these patterns are represented in their minds. I investigate these topics in lesser-studied languages, with focus on Mayan languages and Miskitu (Misumalpan language spoken in Nicaragua and Honduras).