L. R. "Nik" Nikolai

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Hello & Welcome!

My name is Lauren Rose "Nik" Nikolai, and I'm a PhD student in the Linguistics department at the University of Michigan. I received my BA in Linguistics from Purdue University in May 2019.

I am a theoretical and experimental syntactician and semanticist, and my work is guided by the idea that analyzing sign languages and other understudied languages can help linguists to make more powerful theoretical claims about language as a whole. My research has focused primarily on two broad topics: degree modification by means of non-manual markers (grammaticalized facial expressions) and the iconic properties of event structure in sign languages.

Research Interests

•Semantics•Syntax•Sign Language•Syntax-Semantics Interface•Cartography•Anaphora•Event Structure

Contact Information

L. R. NikolaiLinguistics Department, University of Michigan
Lorch Hall611 Tappan Ave.Ann Arbor, MI 48104


November 2019: I have begun a new project looking at nominal co-location in ASL.
September 27, 2019: Ronnie Wilbur & I presented a poster at the 13th conference of Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research (TISLR13) in Hamburg, Germany.
August 2019: I have arrived at the University of Michigan to begin my PhD studies!