I am a linguist. I am interested in morphosyntax and phonology, with an empirical focus on the Mayan and Bantu language families. My research has explored the identity condition on ellipsis, optional agreement, linearization, syntactic ergativity, information structure, and sibilant harmony.
My work also focuses on language reclamation/revitalization and documentation. I’ve led projects in these areas in California (Rumsen) and in my home country, Guatemala (Xinka, Kaqchikel, Tz’utujil).
I carry out fieldwork in Patzún, Sumpango, Tecpán (Kaqchikel), Santiago Atitlán (Tz’utujil), and El Novillero (K’iche’) through UMD’s Guatemala Field Station.
I am currently a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow at UCLA, mentored by Harold Torrence in the Department of Linguistics and affiliated with the Institute of American Cultures (specifically, the American Indian Studies Center).
I recently received my PhD at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD), under the direction of Maria Polinsky and Omer Preminger. My dissertation “Identity Conditions on Ellipsis” is available here.
Before studying at UMD, I received an MPhil in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics from the University of Cambridge (Downing College) and a BA in Linguistics and Cognitive Science from Pomona College.
ranero [at] ucla [dot] edu
(Lake Atitlán photograph by Gaby Andy Films & Photography)