Hi there, I'm Brent!

I am a Language Engineer at Amazon in Cambridge, MA. I am also finishing up my PhD in Linguistics at UW in Seattle. I practice syntax, currently focusing on coordination and related topics like Right Node Raising and idioms. I have a growing interest in experimental syntax, esp. judgments and transposition. I also enjoy building computational grammars in HPSG/LFG; so far I've worked on Rusyn and Burmese. I'm most interested in Uralic and Slavic languages, having studied Russian for several years and, newly, Finnish.

One of my missions is to bring the work of linguists more into public awareness. To that end, I once gave a TEDx talk on language technology. I'm also the only person who has worked at both the Linguist List and the Linguistic Society of America.

I enjoy playing incredibly loud keyboard instruments and reading sad books.


I've made the logos for the LSA Annual Meeting for the past several years, and continue to do graphics consulting with them.


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Brent's bookshelf: read

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary
it was amazing
This book is about everyone you know. ...I even found myself - I'm the Vietnamese Potbellied Pig! Sedaris is the only author whose books I easily laugh out loud at.
tagged: humor
The Road
it was amazing
God damn.
The Vegetarian
liked it
This was okay. I had it recommended from a friend who I highly regard for his taste in East Asian media of all types and who said it's the "Requiem for a Dream" of books. I was so intrigued by the setup and its being billed as a kind of ...