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!”
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””
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]
On October 29, 2020, I’ll be giving a (virtual) talk at the Tel Aviv University Linguistics Colloquium. The title of the talk is: Waving goodbye to Ferdinand: natural language is not composed of Saussurean signs (click for abstract).
The 2020 edition of the NY ‑ St. Petersburg Institute of Linguistics, Cognition, and Culture (NYI) will take place virtually, during the last two weeks of July! Together with Asia Pietraszko (University of Rochester), I’ll be teaching a course called Words and other things: what do you need to … [read more] “V-NYI 2020”
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!”
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””
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””