Nov 052017

My paper, “What the PCC tells us about ‘abstract’ agreement, head movement, and locality,” has been accepted for publication in Glossa. This is a more detailed version of work I presented in talks at NELS 46, ZAS, and Stanford. You can read more about this project on my research page.

The paper can be downloaded here.

(Backup link in case lingbuzz is down: here.)

Jun 292017

I am proud to announce that Dongwoo Park, my first ever PhD (co-)advisee, has defended his thesis! The (excellent) thesis is titled When does Ellipsis Occur, and What is Elided?, and was written under the supervision of Howard Lasnik and myself.

Congrats Dongwoo!

May 232017

Here are some slides from a talk I gave for the general public as part of the 2017 LING commencement at the University of Maryland.

The topic of the talk is how there’s no such thing as “words” (borrowing heavily from the work of Alec Marantz and of Heidi Harley).

May 202017

I’ve written a few posts over the last few years on Norbert Hornstein’s “Faculty of Language” (FoL) blog, and I realized recently that there is no reference to these posts from my own site. So, moving forward, I will cross-post here whenever I write something on FoL. But for now, here’s a list of my past writings on FoL (archived using the WayBack Machine internet archive):

May 202017

There’s an edited volume set to come out in honor of the 60th anniversary of Chomsky’s (1957) Syntactic Structures. I’ve written a short paper for this collection, titled “Back to the Future: Non-generation, filtration, and the heartbreak of interface-driven minimalism.”

The paper is mostly just a handy summary of work of mine from the last few years. It shows that the way ungrammatical outcomes are excluded in minimalist syntax (Chomsky 1995, 2000, 2001) – where freely-assembled syntactic objects are evaluated at the interfaces with the sensorimotor (SM) and conceptual-intentional (C-I) systems – is empirically wrong. And that the Syntactic Structures approach to the same issue fares much better (hence the title).