Friday, December 9, 2022

Stranding Quirky Case: Revisiting Case Connectivity in Icelandic

The distribution of quirky case in control and raising structures has been taken as a strong argument against Hornstein’s 1999 movement analysis of control (see for example, Landau 2003 amongst many others). In this squib, I argue that it is possible to adopt a movement analysis of control, while at the same time capturing the distribution of quirky case. 

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Thursday, November 17, 2022

there as a bound variable

1. Introduction

The purpose of this squib is to show that there, but not here, can function as a bound variable. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

An Interview with Selikem Gotah on the Ewe Language.

This is an interview with Ghanaian Selikem Gotah about the Ewe language. The interview took place over e-mail from November 9, 2021 to January 21, 2022. Then there was a follow up later starting from September 10, 2022 until November 16, 2022.


Saturday, October 29, 2022

Where to Publish a Syntax Monograph

In this blog post, I provide a list of places where you can publish a monograph on formal/theoretical/generative syntax. The results are listed alphabetically by series title (instead of by publisher name, since sometimes a single publisher has two series). In each case, I try to provide (a) the series title, (b) the publisher, (c) the editors names and e-mail addresses, (d) a URL and (e) a short description (taken from the website).

Friday, September 30, 2022

Brainstorming: Possible Seminar Topics (Spring 2023)

The following is a list of possible seminar topics for Spring 2023. That is, each item below represents a different seminar topic for the semester.

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Responding to Reviewers: 10 Pieces of Advice

It is often necessary to respond to reviewer comments. For example, if you submit a paper, and the editor’s decision is “revise and resubmit” or “accept with major revisions”, you will be required to respond to reviewer comments. 

I have responded to reviewer comments hundreds of times throughout my career, not only for papers and books, but also grant applications.

This blog post lists some pieces of advice that you might find useful.

Monday, August 29, 2022

Foundations of Minimalist Syntax

In this blog post, I put together most of my papers on the foundations of minimalist syntax. At a later date, I will add commentary. I have written many more papers using minimalism as a framework for analysis, but these papers specifically focus on foundational issues.