Applications are now open for the University of Maryland’s 3rd annual Summer Field School in Guatemala, from May 26th, 2018 to June 24th, 2018. The field school brings students and faculty to Guatemala for a month long trip including two weeks of intensive Kaqchikel language classes and two weeks devoted to research (primarily … [read more] “Applications now open for UMD’s 3rd annual Summer Field School in Guatemala”
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. The title of my presentation is: “Assessing the morphosemantic program for phi-features: the prospects of a cross-modularly stable representation.” UPDATE: You can download my slides … [read more] “BCGL 10”
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 … [read more] ““What the PCC tells us about ‘abstract’ agreement, head movement, and locality” — accepted for publication in Glossa”
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. The title of my presentation is: “No case for agreement (as a causer of case).” UPDATE: You can download my slides here.
A new squib, co-written with Maria Polinsky, is available here. (This work began as Section 7 of the unpublished manuscript “Agreement and semantic concord: a spurious unification,” but has now been expanded into a standalone squib.) You can read more about this project on my research page, or simply … [read more] “New squib: “The Agreement Theta Generalization””
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).
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 … [read more] “Short new paper with a long title”
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 … [read more] “New paper: “How can feature-sharing be asymmetric? Valuation as UNION over geometric feature structures””