Syntax @ Yale

Syntax Talks

2020 Spring Gary Thoms Explaining microvariation using the Tolerance Principle Colloquium Talk
2019 Fall Maria Kouneli A relative clause analysis of Determiner Spreading in Kipsigis Colloquium Talk
2019 Fall Neil Myler Two Places for Causees in Productive isiXhosa Morphological Causatives Syntax seminar guest lecture
2019 Fall Yining Nie The limits of applicative recursion Syntax seminar guest lecture
2019 Fall Maria Kouneli Towards a better theory of bridge verbs: What we think we know and what we need to find out Friday Lunch Talk
2019 Fall Simon Charlow GIVENness and local contexts Syntax Reading Group
2019 Spring Hadas Kotek Diagnosing covert syntax: Lessons from wh-in-situ Colloquium Talk
2019 Spring Enoch Aboh Lessons from a ‘damaged brain’: Language without executive functions Colloquium Talk
2019 Spring James Crippen Roots and branches: Building Tlingit verbs from the ground up Friday Lunch Talk
2018 Fall Andrea Moro The sound of silence: on Inner Speech and the architecture of the language faculty Friday Lunch Talk
2018 Fall James Crippen Imperatives in Tlingit Syntax seminar guest lecture
2018 Fall Alison Biggs Arguments in motion Colloquium Talk
2018 Fall Ivano Caponigro Unveiling Multiple Wh- Free Relative Clauses and their functional nature Colloquium Talk
2018 Fall Tal Linzen On the syntactic abilities of recurrent neural networks Colloquium Talk
2017 Fall Erik Zyman XP- and X⁰-movement in the Latin Verb: Evidence from Mirroring and Anti-Mirroring Syntax Reading Group

Syntax Reading Group: Work in Progress Presentations

2020 Spring Group What we are working on: 10 minutes each!
2019 Fall Matt Tyler Voice morphology in Choctaw
2019 Spring Enoch Aboh D-like elements in Gbe: Is D a syntactic primitive?
2019 Spring Matt Tyler The Structural Ergative of Choctaw
2019 Spring Group What we are working on: 10 minutes each!
2018 Fall Jim Wood Prepositions, Nominalization, Allosemy
2018 Fall Matt Tyler Characterizing the causative alternation in Choctaw
2018 Fall Raffaella Zanuttini Why imperatives cannot (always) be embedded
2018 Fall Randi Martinez & Jim Wood Now that is showing possession: Microvariation in possessive relative clauses
2018 Fall Hadas Kotek No title
2018 Fall Luke Lindemann Nepali Ergativity
2018 Spring Jim Wood Putting our heads together: Inheritance and deverbal event nouns in Icelandic
2018 Spring Matt Tyler Dative subjects and nominative objects in Choctaw
2017 Fall Matt Barros & Hadas Kotek Which QuD?

Syntax Reading Group Discussions

2020 Spring Hall 2019 The impersonal gets personal: A new pronoun in Multicultural London English
2020 Spring Choi & Harley 2019 Locality domains and morphological rules: Phases, heads, node-sprouting and suppletion in Korean honorification
2020 Spring Tyler 2019 Two kinds of external possession in Mississippi Choctaw
2020 Spring Gluckman 2019 The Natural Class of Tough-Predicates, and Non-finite Clauses
2020 Spring Gartner 2016 A note on the Rich Agreement Hypothesis and varieties of embedded V2
2020 Spring Koeneman and Zeijlstra 2014 The Rich Agreement Hypothesis Rehabilitated
2019 Fall Harizanov and Gribanova 2019 Whither head movement?
2019 Fall Chomsky 2015 Problems of projection extensions
2019 Fall Chomsky 2013 Problems of projection
2018 Spring Haider 2017 In the absence of a subject
2018 Spring Legate 2011 Types of ergativity
2018 Fall Fox 2002 Antecedent-Contained Deletion and the Copy Theory of Movement
2018 Fall Danckaert 2017 The Development of Latin Clause Structure
2018 Fall Yuan 2017 Dependent case without case: Evidence from the Yimas clitic system
2018 Fall Alexiadou et al. 2014 Opaque and transparent datives, and how they behave in passives

Advanced Syntax Seminars

2019 Fall Jim Wood Morphology and Argument Structure
2019 Fall Veneeta Dayal Asserting, Asking, Answering
2019 Spring Enoch Aboh Comparative Syntax: A View from Kwa
2019 Spring Natalie Weber Prosody-Syntax Structure Correspondence
2019 Spring Veneeta Dayal From Morpho-Syntax to Meaning: Definiteness, Indefiniteness, Genericity
2018 Fall Raffaella Zanuttini The Syntax of Speech Participants
2018 Spring Jim Wood Morphology-Syntax Interface
2017 Spring Matt Barros Syntax-Phonology Interface
2016 Fall Hadas Kotek Questions and Focus

Graduate Student Talks/Presentations on Syntax

2020

  • Lindemann, Luke. 2020. The Nepali Effector Ergative and Variation in Optional Ergativity. Presented at the Nineteenth Meeting of the Texas Linguistics Society. February 15. Austin, TX.
  • Sigurðardóttir, Sigríður Sæunn and Thórhallur Eythórsson. 2020. The Antic-Occam’s Razor: The distinction between pronouns and expletives in Icelandic. Paper to be presented at DGfs 2020 at Universität Hamburg.
  • Tyler, Matthew, and Itamar Kastner. Serialization and the syntax-prosody interface in Degema serial verb constructions. Poster to be presented at GLOW 43, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, March 31–April 3.
  • Tyler, Matthew, and Itamar Kastner. Morphology feeds prosody in Degema serial verb constructions: A reply to Rolle (2019). Paper presented at LSA 2020, New Orleans, January 5.
  • Tyler, Matthew. 2020. Applied arguments and A-movement: An insight into nominal licensing from Choctaw. Paper presented at LSA 2020, New Orleans, January 3.
  • Tyler, Matthew. 2020. The status of implicit agents in Choctaw non-active verbs. Paper presented at SSILA 2020, New Orleans, January 2.

2019

  • Gleason, Sean. 2019. Revisiting the subject of the Latin impersonal AcI. Paper to be presented at the 20th International Colloquium on Latin Linguistics, Las Palmas, Canary Islands.
  • Gleason, Sean. 2019. Discourse (dis-)continuity in relative clauses: Evidence of contact-induced pragmatic expansion in Latin oratio obliqua. Paper presented at the 150th Annual Society for Classical Studies Meeting, San Diego.
  • Hao, Yiding. 2019. Learnability and Overgeneration in Computational Syntax. Oral presentation, Society for Computation in Linguistics (LSA Sister Society). Paper here.
  • Lindemann, Luke. 2019. Rigidity and Flexibility in the Ergative Splits of Nepali. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America. January 5. New York, NY. [Poster here]
  • Martinez, Randi and Jim Wood. 2019. Now that is showing possession: Microvariation in possessive relative clauses. Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA 93), Jan. 5th.
  • Sigurðardóttir, Sigríður Sæunn. 2019. Nascent change in Modern Icelandic: The emergence of an indefinite article. Paper presented at ICHL25 at the Australian National University, Canberra 1-4 July.
  • Sigurðardóttir, Sigríður Sæunn and Thórhallur Eythórsson. 2019. Reconstruction Proto-Germanic weather expressions. Paper presented at ICHL25 at the Australian National University, Canberra 1-4 July.
  • Tyler, Matt. 2019. Some evidence for structural ergative case. Paper presented at CLS 55, University of Chicago, May 17. [handout]
  • Tyler, Matt. 2019. The structural ergative of Choctaw. Paper presented at WSCLA 24, University of Maryland, College Park, May 10.
  • Tyler, Matt. 2019. Towards a uniformly structural account of ergative case. Paper presented at Cambridge Comparative Syntax 8 (CamCoS 8), Cambridge, UK. May 3.
  • Tyler, Matt. 2019. A non-uniform analysis of external possession in Western Muskogean. Paper presented at the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA 2019), New York City. January 5. [handout]

2018

  • Gleason, Sean. 2018. Contact-induced variation in Latin indirect discourse: The pragmatic effects of morpho-syntactic borrowing. Poster presented at Variation and Contact in the Ancient Indo-European Languages, Pisa.
  • Gleason, Sean. 2018. If only Romans could write like Greeks: Some linguistic humor in Sallust 8. Paper presented at the Vincent Rosivach Memorial Colloquium, Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT.
  • Hao, Yiding*, William Merrill*, Dana Angluin, Robert Frank, Noah Amsel, Andrew Benz & Simon Mendelsohn. 2018. Context-Free Transductions with Neural Stacks. Oral presentation, Analyzing and Interpreting Neural Networks for NLP (Workshop at the Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing conference). Paper here.
  • Martinez, Randi and Jim Wood. 2018. Now that is showing possession: Microvariation in possessive relative clauses. Arizona Linguistics Circle 12, University of Arizona, Oct. 13.
  • Tyler, Matt. 2018. Characterizing the causative alternation in Choctaw. Invited presentation, Syntax Brown Bag series, NYU, November 16. [handout]
  • Tyler, Matt. 2018. Differential Object Marking by A’-status. Poster to be presented at NELS 49, Cornell University, October 7. [poster]
  • Tyler, Matt. 2018. Thematic and athematic external possession in Choctaw. Poster presented at WCCFL36, UCLA, April 21.
  • Tyler, Matt and and Michelle Yuan. 2018, . Nominal-clitic case mismatches. Talk presented at WCCFL36, UCLA, April 21. [handout]
  • Tyler, Matt. 2018. Two kinds of “possessor raising” in Choctaw. WSCLA23, University of Ottawa, April 13. [handout]
  • Tyler, Matt and and Michelle Yuan. 2018. Nominal case and clitic case: Evidence from Choctaw and Yimas. PLC42, UPenn, March 24.
  • Tyler, Matt. 2018. Dative subjects and nominative objects in Choctaw. Invited presentation at the University of Florida Syntax Reading Group, March 19. [handout]
  • Tyler, Matt and Michelle Yuan. 2018. “Case-assignment before and after clitic doubling: evidence from Choctaw and Yimas.” Poster presented given at the Linguistic Society of America Annual Meeting 2018 in Salt Lake City, Utah, January 6.
  • Sigurðardóttir, Sigríður. 2018. Nascent change in Modern Icelandic: The emergence of an indefinite article. International Conference on Historical Linguistic (ICHL 24) in Canberra, July 1-5.

2017

  • Phillips, Josh. 2017. A sense of agency: Structured pronominal variation in Australian Kriol. Paper presented at the Winter 2017 meeting of the Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics (SPCL@ LSA 2017), Austin, TX. January 7, 2017.
  • Tyler, Matt. 2017. “Choctaw PCC Repair: Basque-style PCC Repair in a language with no dative.” Talk given at the 53rd Chicago Linguistics Society, University of Chicago, May 25.
  • Tyler, Matt. 2017. “Clitic Doubling in Choctaw.” Talk given at Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas 2017 in Austin, Texas, January 6.
  • Tyler, Matt. 2017. “Variation in Case-assignment by Appl heads: evidence from Basque and Choctaw.” Talk given at Linguistic Society of America Annual Meeting 2017 in Austin, Texas, January 8.
  • Tyler, Matt. 2017. “In Choctaw, everyone’s a clitic.” (February 4). Talk given at Berkeley Linguistics Society 43rd Annual Meeting at UC Berkeley.
  • Sigurðardóttir, Sigríður. 2017. The case of things that rain and snow: Reconstructing weather expressions in Proto-Germanic. (Joint talk with Thórhallur Eythórsson). Diachronic Generative Syntax (DiGS 20). Pre-conference workshop on syntax and reconstruction.

2016

  • Akkuş, Faruk. 2016. On Arabic Varieties of Eastern Anatolia. International Workshop on the Spoken Arabic of Siirt – Past, Present and Future. May 27-28.
  • Akkuş, Faruk. 2016. Discourse participants in the nominal domain.12th Workshop on Formal Altaic Linguistics (WAFL 12). May 13-15.
  • Akkuş, Faruk. 2016. Agreement and Anaphora in the context of Imposters. West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (WCCFL 34) Poster Presentation. April 29-May 1.
  • Akkuş, Faruk. 2016. Discourse participants in the nominal domain. Workshop on Phonological and Syntactic Reconstruction of Speech Acts (GLOW 39). April 8.
  • Akkuş, Faruk. 2016. On Copular Clauses in Cherokee. 21st Workshop on Structure and Constituency in Languages of the Americas (WSCLA 21). The Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). April 1-3.
  • Akkuş, Faruk. 2016. Agreeing with Imposters: Evidence for a Local vs. Non-local Person Contrast. 40th Penn Linguistics Conference (PLC40). March 18-20. (with Robert Frank)
  • Dockum, Rikker. 2016. Numeral classifiers in areal perspective: Khmer and Thai ‘syntactic borrowing’ revisited. Austroasiatic Syntax in Areal and Diachronic Perspective, Chiang Mai, Thailand, September 5-7.
  • Gleason, Sean. 2016. How necessary is the Case feature in syntactic theory? Consideration from the Latin AcI. Workshop Notions of feature in linguistic theory at the 49th Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea, Naples, Italy, 31 August – 3 September.
  • Gleason, Sean. 2016. The case syntax of non-finite subjects: Consideration from the Latin AcI. Poster presented at Non-Finite Subjects Conference, Nantes, France, 1–2 April.
  • Hao, Yiding. 2016. A Model-Theoretic Approach to Minimalist Syntax. Suny-Yale-Nyu-Cuny Mini-Conference (SYNC).
  • Lindemann, Luke and Ashwini Deo. 2016. Variable ergative marking and agreement patterns in Pawri Bhili. March 12. Amherst, MA.
  • Lindemann, Luke. 2016. Le and the Nepali SubjectPresented at the Fourth Himalayan Studies Conference. February 27. Austin, TX.
  • Tyler, Matt. 2016. “Two types of locality in indexical shift” (January 8). Poster presented at Linguistic Society of American Annual Meeting 2016 in Washington, D.C.
  • Tyler, Matt. 2016. “Swiping without sluicing” (March 20). Talk given at 40th Penn Linguistics Conference at UPenn.
  • Tyler, Matt. 2016. “Micro-Variation in the Have Yet To construction” (March 20). Talk given with Jim Wood at 40th Penn Linguistics Conference at UPenn.
  • Tyler, Matt. 2016. “The Have Yet To construction: a micro-comparative account” (April 30). Talk given with Jim Wood at West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics 34, University of Utah.
  • Tyler, Matt. 2016. “Micro-Variation in the Have Yet To construction” (May 19). Talk given with Jim Wood at Formal Ways of Analyzing Variation 3, The Graduate Center, CUNY.
  • Zentz, Jason. 2016. The biclausal status of Shona clefts. Paper presented at the 90th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA 90), Washington, DC, January 7-10.

2015

  • Akkuş, Faruk. 2015. What can vocatives tell us about the speech act layer? Suny-Yale-Nyu-Cuny Mini-Conference (SYNC), NYU, December 5.
  • Akkuş, Faruk. 2015. Suspended Affixation with Derivational Suffixes and Lexical Integrity. 10th Mediterranean Morphological Meeting (MMM10). September 7-10.
  • Akkuş, Faruk. 2015. Cognate Objects in Sason Arabic. Linguistic Approaches to Endangered Languages: Theory and Description. Boğaziçi University. (with Balkız Öztürk)
  • Akkuş, Faruk. 2015. The History and Syntax of the Copula Construction in Sason Arabic. Linguistic Approaches to Endangered Languages: Theory and Description. Boğaziçi University. (with Elabbas Benmamoun)
  • Akkuş, Faruk. 2015. How does negation operate in Kurmanji Syntax? 6th International Conference on Iranian Linguistics (ICIL6). June 23-26. (with Songül Gündoğdu)
  • Akkuş, Faruk. 2015. The Arabic Dialect of Mutki-Sason Areas. 11th Conference of AIDA (AIDA11). University of Bucharest.
  • Akkuş, Faruk. 2015. The Syntax of (Complex) Tense in Sason Arabic. The 29th Annual Symposium on Arabic Linguistics (ASAL29). The University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, April 9-11.
  • Gleason, Sean. 2015. Case Alternation within Latin Infinitival Complements: Some Diachronic Considerations. 18th International Colloquium on Latin Linguistics, Toulouse, France, 8–13 June.
  • Matyiku, Sabina. 2015. Semantic effects of head movement in Negative Auxiliary Inversion constructions. Poster, 46th North East Linguistics Society (NELS 46), Concordia University (Oct).
  • Matyiku, Sabina. 2015. Negative auxiliary inversion as an instance of overt quantifier raising. Syntax Brown Bag, New York University. (Feb).
  • Tyler, Matt. 2015. “English embedded imperatives have a context-shifting operator” (May 22). Talk given at 25th Colloquium on Generative Grammar (CCG25) at IKER, Bayonne, France.
  • Tyler, Matt. 2015. “Locality restrictions on indexical shift: Evidence from Turkish” (November 21). Poster presented at Workshop on Turkish, Turkic and the languages of Turkey (Tu+1) at UMass, Amherst.
  • Wood, Jim, Larry Horn, Raffaella Zanuttini and Luke Lindemann. 2015. Here’s us a new methodology: The Southern Presentative Dative meets Mechanical Turk. Paper at the Annual Meeting of the American Dialect Society. Portland, OR.
  • Zentz, Jason. 2015. Partial wh-movement in Shona: A hybrid wh-question formation strategy. Paper presented at the 46th Annual Conference on African Linguistics (ACAL 46), Eugene, OR, March 26-28.
  • Zentz, Jason. 2015. Decomposing partial wh-movement in Shona. Talk in the Department of Linguistics & Communication Disorders at Queens College (CUNY), Flushing, NY, March 16.
  • Zentz, Jason. 2015. The composite derivation of Shona partial wh-movement. Paper presented at the 89th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA 89), Portland, OR, January 8-11. First Place Winner of the Student Abstract Award.