Papers and presentations

Papers

Attraction at a distance: Ā-movement and Case. To appear in Linguistic Inquiry.

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Some languages allow extraction of possessors from only a subset of nominals. I show that a juxtaposition of two proposals about Case and Agree [Rackowski & Richards (2005), Bobaljik (2008)] correctly predicts these cross-linguistic restrictions on possessor extraction.

Licensing with Case: evidence from Kikuyu. Under revision.

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I show that restrictions on the position of nominals in Kikuyu, a Bantu language spoken primarily in Kenya, can be explained straightforwardly given a version of Dependent Case [Marantz (1991), Baker (2015), Levin (2015)] in which Dependent Case has a licensing function, even in languages that don’t have overt morphological case marking, like Kikuyu.

Prosodic Intervention. Submitted.

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Some languages [among them, Japanese and Korean] require leftward scrambling of wh-words over certain quantificational subjects. Others [namely, Egyptian Arabic] don’t, but otherwise have restrictions on the distribution of wh-words like Japanese and Korean. I argue that this difference derives from differences in the prosody of the relevant languages.

Syntactic Binarity Effects: Contiguity in Bùlì. ms.

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Bùlì, a Gur language spoken primarily in Ghana, allows wh-words to remain in-situ. However, the presence of two or more phonological words to the right of an in-situ wh-word is not allowed. I show that a version of Richards’ (2016) Contiguity explains this basic fact, and makes many more correct predictions about the distribution of wh-words in the language.

The ι-boundedness of A-scrambling. To appear in Proceedings of WAFL 13.

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In Japanese, it has long been observed that instances of scrambling within a clause alter possible scope readings and feed bound variable readings, whereas scrambling that crosses a finite clause boundary does not. However, recent work [Takano (2010), Funakoshi (2015)] show that scrambling out control clauses and finite clauses with null subjects feeds bound variable readings, albeit with some restrictions. In this paper, I propose a prosodic condition on bound variable readings that succinctly captures these facts.

Dependent Case as a licenser in Kikuyu. To appear in Proceedings of NELS 47.

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In-situ Wh-phrases in Superiority Violating Contexts don’t have to be In-Situ. In: A Pesky Set: Papers for David Pesetsky, MITWPL.

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In English, it has been argued [Pesetsky (2000), Kotek (2014)] that the in-situ wh-phrase in a sentence like Which boy did you give which candy bar to remains in-situ even at LF. I give evidence in this paper from extraposition and parasitic gap licensing which shows that this can’t always be the case.

Case Sensitive Ā-movement. Proceedings of NELS 46.

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Selected Presentations

January 2018. Determining what gets in the way. LSA 2018 Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City.

December 2017. Determining what gets in the way. Going Romance 31, University of Bucharest.

May 2017. The ι-boundedness of A-scrambling. WAFL 13, ICU.

March 2017. Contiguity Preservation: Another Look at Defective Intervention. Syntax Square, MIT.

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February 2017. Contiguity in Bùlì. David Pesetsky @ 60, MIT.

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December 2016. Predicate fronting and Copy Pronunciation. Syntax Square, MIT.

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November 2016. Against strength and weakness: Contiguity in Bùlì. Syntax Square, MIT.

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November 2016. Contiguity in Bùlì. Colloquium Talk, Brandeis.

October 2016. Dependent Case as a licenser in Kikuyu. NELS 47, UMass Amherst.

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July 2016. A prosodic approach to intervention. The Effects of Constituency on Sentence Phonology, UMass Amherst.

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March 2016. Abstract Dependent Case: Evidence from Kikuyu. ACAL 47, UC Berkeley.

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October 2015. Licensing with Case: evidence from Kikuyu. ms. Ling-Lunch, MIT

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October 2015. Attraction at a distance: Ā-movement and Case. NELS 46, Concordia

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