L. R. "Nik" Nikolai
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 (with minors in classical studies, political science, Spanish, & Russian) 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.