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The breadth of my research interests can be covered under the general concern for the relation of language and language processing to general cognition. I assume that any particular linguistic patterns (whether grammatical constructions or vocabulary choices) also potentially reflect patterns of thought beyond this language use. Because non-linguistic behavior and patterns of human cognition can vary cross-culturally, I have a strong commitment to cross-linguistic and cross-cultural investigation. Appropriately for this, I have expertise as a descriptive linguist as well. Much of my descriptive and experimental data is collected first-hand in rural South India.