May 112020
A new paper of mine has been accepted for publication in Glossa: “Functional structure in the noun phrase: revisiting Hebrew nominals.” This paper revisits Ritter’s (1991) findings about nominals in Hebrew in light of recent proposals that nominal phrases lack outer functional structure and are instead projections of … [read more] “New paper, accepted for publication in Glossa: “Functional structure in the noun phrase: revisiting Hebrew nominals””
Apr 262020
For the last ten years or so, Chomsky has been claiming increasingly often that the discrete bifurcation of expressions into “grammatical” and “ungrammatical” is incorrect. I think he is wrong, or at least that these claims are without any current basis. But before explaining why, it’s important to set some parameters of … [read more] blogpost: On so-called “degrees of grammaticality””
Apr 182020
Matushansky (2006) proposes to replace the head-adjunction mechanism of Government & Binding theory (call it “Theory1”) with a version that involves movement to a specifier position followed by “m-merger” of the specifier with the adjacent head (call this “Theory2”). One of the major selling points is supposed to be that Theory2 … [read more] blogpost: On the “interleaving” of morphology & syntax”

blogpost: Post-minimalism?

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Feb 162020
I was recently invited to contribute a short piece about Agree to the This Or That Publisher’s Handbook of Minimalism, and it made me wonder to what extent I, or really most other generative syntacticians who got their PhDs after about 2005 or so, can be considered to still be doing “minimalism.” … [read more] blogpost: Post-minimalism?”
Dec 182019
David Pesetsky recently posted to facebook Cilene Rodrigues’ response to Everett & Gibson’s “review” of the Recursion Across Domains book, for the Linguistic Society of America (LSA)’s flagship journal, Language. I posted a comment in the discussion thread below the post, asking why we should support the LSA given that they publish things like … [read more] blogpost: Two problems with the LSA”
Oct 202019
I just got home from Oslo, where I had many really interesting interactions with several linguists. One of them was a conversation with fellow visitor Jonathan Bobaljik. We were talking about the relatively well-known observation that for many alleged “syntax-semantics mapping phenomena,” the expected mappings only go through if the syntax … [read more] blogpost: Meaning contrasts: generated or parasitic?”
Oct 032019
Here’s a thing that I’m sure happens to everyone from time to time:
  1. You read or hear about phenomenon X or generalization X or theoretical proposal X.
  2. Time passes.
  3. You happen upon some new data or a new idea, for which X proves relevant.
  4. However, it turns out that you have imperfect recall of X. Unbeknownst to you,
 … [read more] blogpost: The occasional value of imprecise recall”

Talk in Oslo

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Sep 192019
In October 2019, I will be giving a talk titled The Anaphor Agreement Effect: further evidence against binding-as-agreement, at the University of Oslo. See my talks & handouts page for further information.You can download the handout here.