Paulina Lyskawa defends!

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Jan 152021
 
I am proud to announce that my student Paulina Lyskawa (co-advised with Maria Polinsky) has defended her PhD thesis! The thesis, Coordination without grammar-internal feature resolution, presents an extended argument that so-called “resolved” agreement with coordinations (in those cases where agreement doesn’t target just the closest conjunct) is actually not … [read more] “Paulina Lyskawa defends!”

Slides: “On the atoms of linguistic computation”

 Posted by on 10/14/2020  Comments Off on Slides: “On the atoms of linguistic computation”
Oct 142020
 
I’ve posted the slides for a guest seminar I gave recently as part of the More Advanced Syntax graduate course at MIT. These slides represent my latest thinking (as of Oct 2020, anyway) about the question of how syntax interfaces with morpho-phonology and with semantics. For those of you who are well-versed in some … [read more] “Slides: “On the atoms of linguistic computation””

New paper: “Taxonomies of case and ontologies of case”

 Posted by on 09/23/2020  Comments Off on New paper: “Taxonomies of case and ontologies of case”
Sep 232020
 
I've posted a pre-print of a paper of mine that's set to appear in an edited volume. The paper is titled Taxonomies of case and ontologies of case. It is a theoretical review paper of sorts, and it has several intertwined goals … [read more]

Suyoung Bae defends!

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Jul 032020
 
I am proud to announce that Suyoung Bae, my second-ever PhD advisee (co-advised with Howard Lasnik), has defended her thesis! The thesis is an investigation of Korean amwu-. Suyoung shows that this negation-dependent expression is neither a Negative-Polarity Item (NPI) nor a Negative-Concord Item (NCI), but instead, a third type of negation-dependent … [read more] “Suyoung Bae defends!”

Published in Glossa: “Functional structure in the noun phrase: revisiting Hebrew nominals”

 Posted by on 07/02/2020  Comments Off on Published in Glossa: “Functional structure in the noun phrase: revisiting Hebrew nominals”
Jul 022020
 
My paper, “Functional structure in the noun phrase: revisiting Hebrew nominals,” has been published in Glossa. 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 the noun (Bruening 2010, 2020 … [read more] “Published in Glossa: “Functional structure in the noun phrase: revisiting Hebrew nominals””

Talk in Oslo

 Posted by on 09/19/2019  Comments Off on Talk in Oslo
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.

Published in Glossa: “The Agreement Theta Generalization”

 Posted by on 08/29/2019  Comments Off on Published in Glossa: “The Agreement Theta Generalization”
Aug 292019
 
My squib with Maria Polinsky, “The Agreement Theta Generalization,” has been published in Glossa. In this squib, we propose a new generalization concerning the structural relationship between theta assigners and heads showing morpho-phonologically overt agreement, when the two interact with the same argument DP. This structural generalization bears directly … [read more] “Published in Glossa: “The Agreement Theta Generalization””