Before joining Berkeley's Department of Linguistics, he taught as a Lecturer in Scandinavian Studies and in Near Eastern Studies. His research interests fall into three main areas: comparative Indo-European linguistics (especially syntax and poetics), general historical linguistics, and language typology. His metrical restoration and edition of the Rigveda (co-authored with Barend van Nooten) appeared in 1994. In addition to working on some questions raised by the Rigveda edition he is currently completing two monographs, one on word order change and the other on relative constructions in the early Indo-European languages.
Indo-European and historical linguistics.
Ph.D., Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley, 1980