I first began research on Malagasy in Montreal during my graduate studies at McGill University. In 1995 I travelled to Madagascar to conduct fieldwork on Malagasy and returned in the summer of 2004.
The main areas of my research of Malagasy include: syntax (sentence formation), morphology (word formation), semantics (meanings) and how these areas of grammar are interconnected. A list of refereed papers and non-refereed papers is available in my CV.
I currently hold one of the Canada Research Council Chairs in Linguistics (Tier II) for the study of Malagasy.
My research is driven by an overall desire to find the "genius" of a language. Each language has aspects that distinguishes it from others. Linguistic analysis should, I believe, allow that genius to shine through.