Park defends!

 Posted by on 06/29/2017
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!

Slides for “Mythbusting words”

 Posted by on 05/23/2017
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 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):

Short new paper with a long title

 Posted by on 05/20/2017
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 some 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).

Teaching page updated for Fall 2017

 Posted by on 05/20/2017
May 202017

I’ve updated my teaching page with information about the courses I will be teaching in the fall of 2017: Topics in Morphology (graduate, LING 625) and the Seminar in Computational Linguistics, a.k.a. the Violently Multidisciplinary Linguistics Seminar (graduate, LING 848, w/Philip Resnik & Ellen Lau).

Feb 122017

Here is a short new paper on how to reconcile the geometric approach to phi-feature agreement pursued in my 2014 monograph with earlier results supporting agreement as feature-sharing (Gazdar et al. 1985, Pollard & Sag 1994, Frampton & Gutmann 2000, 2006, Pesetsky & Torrego 2007, i.a.).

The paper is newish in the sense that it was written about a year ago, but it was part of a secret, surprise festschrift for David Pesetsky, which was presented to him at the workshop in honor of his 60th birthday.

For more details, please see my research page.