1988-1993 Ph.D. in Linguistics,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Thesis Title: Topics in Ewe Syntax
1982-1985 B.S. in Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1981-1982 Mathematics, University of Minnesota
Theory of Syntax
Syntax of African languages,
including Ewe and the Khoisan languages.
Most recently, I have been working on N|uu, a click language of South Africa.
Sample sound file of N|uu: I will give Griet the donkey
V61.3320 Seminar: Lexical Categories
Sample sound files of Masalit:
2011. Imposters: A Study in Pronominal Agreement (with Paul Postal). To be published by MIT Press.
2009. Imposters: An Online Survey of Grammaticality Judgments. In Patricia Irwin and Violeta Vázquez Rojas Maldonado
(eds), NYU Working Papers in Linguistics 2 (with Stephanie N. Guitard and Jim Wood).
2008. An AAE Camouflage Construction. Language (with Simanique Moody and Paul Postal), volume 84.1, pgs. 29-68.
2007. The Syntax of Verb Focus in Kabiye. In Doris L. Payne and Jaime Peña (eds.), Selected Proceedings of the 37th Annual Conference on African Linguistics, 191-203. Cascadilla Proceedings Project, Somerville, MA. (with Komlan E. Essizewa).
To appear. Linkers
and vP Structure. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory (with
to appear in volume 24 (2006).
To appear. A
Fresh Look at Habitual Be in AAVE. In Ana Deumert and Stephanie
Structure and Variation in Contact Languages, Creole Language Library Series. John Benjamins.
2005. A Smuggling Approach to the Passive in English. Syntax, 8.2, pgs., 81-120.
2005. A Smuggling Approach to Raising in English. Linguistic Inquiry 36.2, 289-298.
2004. The Absence of the Linker in Double Object Constructions in N|uu. Studies in African Linguistics 33.2, pgs. 163-198.
2003. The Internal Structure of vP in Ju|’hoan and =Hoan. Studia Linguistica 57.1, 1-25.
2002. Multiple Verb Movement in =Hoan. Linguistic Inquiry 33.1, 1-29.
2002. Eliminating Labels. In
Samuel Epstein and Daniel Seely (eds.),
Derivation and Explanation in the Minimalist Program. Blackwell.
2001. Aspects of Plurality in =Hoan. Language 77.3, 456-476.
1991. Why and How Come. MIT Working Papers in Linguistics 15, 31-45.
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