I’ll be presenting at the 10th Brussels Conference on Generative Linguistics (BCGL 10) in Belgium. (This year’s theme: “The morphology and semantics of person and number.”) More details will be posted on my Talks & Handouts page.
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.)
I’ll be presenting at the 48th meeting of the North East Linguistic Society (NELS 48) in Reykjavík, in the special session on “the Typology of Case.” More details will be posted on my Talks & Handouts page.
UPDATE: You can download my NELS 48 slides here.
I will be posting slides from my NYI course in this Box folder:
Check back after every class for updated slide-sets.
(This work began as Section 7 of the unpublished manuscript “Agreement and semantic concord: a spurious unification,” but has now been expanded into a standalone squib.)
See my research page for more details.
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).
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):
- April 10, 2017: A derivation “towards LF”? Hardly. (Lessons from the Definiteness Effect.)
- June 15, 2016: Case & agreement: beware of prevailing wisdom
- February 1, 2016: On string-acceptability vs. the availability of interpretations, and the “this is the reading therefore this is the structure” gambit
- July 9, 2014: The [Spec,TP]-agreement fallacy
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).