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  1. Person-based split ergativity in Nez Perce is syntactic December 2014

    To appear, Journal of Linguistics

    Nez Perce is one among many ergative languages that consistently use nominative case, rather than ergative, for 1st and 2nd person transitive subjects. For the synchronic grammar of this type of ergative split, two major lines of analysis have been proposed. Morphological analyses approach the phenomenon as a case of syncretism between ergative and nominative in 1st and 2nd person; all transitive subjects are assigned an identical syntax. Syntactic analyses posit a featural or structural distinction between 3rd person subjects and 1st and 2nd person subjects, or the clauses containing them … [more]

  2. Cyclicity and connectivity in Nez Perce relative clauses October 2014

    To appear, Linguistic Inquiry

    This paper studies two aspects of movement in Nez Perce relative clauses. First, I argue that relativization involves cyclic A' movement, even in monoclausal relatives: the relative element moves to Spec,CP via an A' outer specifier of TP. Second, I provide a new argument from connectivity in morphological case for the view that some but not all relatives are derived by head-raising… [more]

  3. Apportionment and the mass-count distinction in Nez Perce August 2013

    Is the mass-count distinction a semantic universal? What types of variation are at stake in the different ways the distinction shows up cross-linguistically? This paper addresses these questions through a study of Nez Perce, a language where the mass-count distinction is almost entirely grammatically concealed… [more]

Talks and whatnot

  1. Semantic variation in nominal expressions July 2015

    Course at the LSA Summer Institute 2015, University of Chicago.

  2. SIAS summer institute July 2015

    The Investigation of Linguistic Meaning: In the Armchair, in the Field, and in the Lab, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin / National Humanities Center.

  3. Interaction and satisfaction in φ-agreement May 2015

    At Generative syntax in the 21st century: the road ahead, Athens; and University of Leipzig. [handout]

  4. TP is a phase in relative clauses March 2015

    At WCCFL 33, Simon Fraser. [handout]

  5. Properties of probes: evidence from Nez Perce complementizer agreement October 2014

    At NELS 45, MIT. [handout superceded by this handout]