Saturday, November 16, 2019

Papers that I would love to write (but do not have time for right now)


Here is a list of papers that I would love to write, but do not have time for right now.

Rate of Transcription in Syntactic Fieldwork


As I have discussed in previous blog posts that non-experimental data, such as transcribed oral texts, is an excellent source of syntactic data.

In this blog post, I outline some of the factors that affect the rate of transcription of recorded oral texts when doing syntactic fieldwork. If anybody knows of relevant literature on this topic, please let me know. A systematic survey amongst fieldworkers would probably be useful in helping to understand the process, and maybe to help make it more efficient.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Fieldwork Tip of the Day

November 16, 2019
Fieldwork Tip of the Day: Test all equipment (including cables, batteries, chargers, adaptors) before going to the field.

November 15, 2019
Fieldwork Tip of the Day: Try to have a backup of all equipment (two recorders, two mics, two cables of each kind). Include backup equipment in the budget.

November 14, 2019
Fieldwork Tip of the Day: Avoid recording in a room with cement walls. There will be echo. If you must do so, hang blankets on the walls.

November 2, 2019
Fieldwork Tip of the Day: You can learn as much about the syntax of a language by trying to learn how to speak it as you can by any other means (e.g., elicitation, texts).

November 1, 2019
Fieldwork Tip of the Day: Download e-copies of all your manuals and put them in one place on your computer, including manuals for cameras, mics, speakers, audio recorders, etc. These are searchable, and might come in handy in the field.

4x4 Break Down (October 27 2019)

In this post, I narrate my vehicle breakdown and the lessons I learned from it.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Introduction (Belletti and Collins 2019)

This paper is the introduction to the volume on Smuggling to appear (OUP) edited by Adriana Belletti and Chris Collins.

Belletti and Collins 2019

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Thought as Syntax


Abstract: In this paper, I outline an approach to the study of thought from a syntactic point of view. I propose that sentences (in the sense of generative syntax) are thoughts. Under that assumption, I use natural language syntax as a probe into the structure of our thoughts, and show how such a probe sheds light on how we make deductions and our capacity for imagination.

Keywords: thought, syntax, logic, semantics, imagination

Monday, October 21, 2019

A Smuggling Approach to the Adjunct/Argument Asymmetry


In this mini-squib, I sketch an approach to the adjunct/argument asymmetry that is based on smuggling.