I am an assistant professor (lektor) at the University of Iceland. I recently defended my Ph.D. dissertation in linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania. My dissertation advisor was David Embick and I also worked with Florian Schwarz and Julie Anne Legate. I work on the realization of morphemes at the interfaces of syntax with interpretation and sound in the Distributed Morphology framework. I also work on language technology; in particular, I am one of the authors of the Icelandic treebank, IcePaHC.

Recent and upcoming talks

Together with Einar Freyr Sigurðsson and Jim Wood, I am presenting the paper Late Transfer of Idioms at GLOW 40 in Leiden on March 14-18, 2017. The paper focuses on passive-like constructions in various languages and shows that when a covert argument blocks movement of the direct object, idiomatic interpretation is maintained even for idioms that otherwise lose their special meaning in the passive.

Tinna Frímann Jökulsdóttir and I are presenting a paper called A new treebank interface for the digital humanities at the NCN workshop on Interaction design in the context of CLARIN on May 3-4, 2017.

Together with Lilja Björk Stefánsdóttir, I am presenting a paper on lifespan change at the PLC 41 conference at the University of Pennsylvania. The conference will take place on March 24-26. The title of our paper is: A high-definition study of syntactic lifespan change.

I will be giving an invited talk at the FWAV 4 conference at the University of York, 29-30 June 2017.

Research interests

  • Distributed Morphology
  • Syntax
  • Syntax-Semantic Interface
  • Language Variation and Change
  • Language Technology
  • Icelandic Language

Academic positions

  • present2017

    Assistant Professor (lektor)

    University of Iceland

  • 20162016


    University of Iceland


    • PhD 2016


      University of Pennsylvania

    • BA 2009

      Linguistics and Icelandic Studies

      University of Iceland