I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Maryland. I am also affiliated with the Maryland Language Science Center.Omer Preminger

My research interests span the linguistic sub-fields traditionally identified as syntax and morphology. I am particularly interested in phenomena that resist explanation in terms of sound and/or meaning alone. (If you are unfamiliar with linguistics, the very idea that such phenomena exist might strike you as a little bit counter-intuitive; but phenomena of this sort are surprisingly common in natural language.)

I work on various (and often unrelated) languages, including:
  • Basque
  • (modern) Hebrew
  • Kaqchikel, Q’anjob’al (Mayan)
  • Sakha (Turkic)
  • Kinyarwanda, Shi (Bantu)
  • Oromo (Cushitic)
Topics I have worked on include:
  • predicate-argument agreement
  • case theory
  • clitic doubling, and its relation to head movement and phrasal movement
  • the nature of ergativity, and the mechanisms underlying split-ergativity and “syntactic ergativity”
  • non-canonical wh-constructions
  • the mapping between argument-structure and syntax

See my research page for further details.  

And now, a linguistic Dinosaur Comic:

(made using the blank Dinosaur Comic template, available here)