Ph.D. 1978 (linguistics), Massachusetts Institute of Technology; M.A. 1975 (linguistics), Pennsylvania; B.A. 1971 (linguistics), McGill.
Department of Linguistics
New York University
10 Washington Place #404
New York, NY 10003
Areas of Research/Interest
Syntax; semantics; lexical representation.
My research interests are in syntax, particularly those aspects of syntax which interface with semantics. In recent years, I have been examinining the nature of elliptical constructions in English and have begun comparing them in other languages, and the nature of predication that is relevant to natural language syntax. I am also interested in the syntactic aspects of lexical representation.
My publications include: "A Landing Site Theory of Movement Rules", Linguistic Inquiry, Vol. 13, No. 1 (1982); "Do Antecedent-Contained Deletions Exist?", Linguistic Inquiry, Vol. 18, No. 4; "Heads and Projections", in M. Baltin & A. Kroch, eds., Alternative Conceptions of Phrase-Structure, University of Chicago Press (1989); "Floating Quantifiers, PRO, and Predication", Linguistic Inquiry, Vol. 26, No. 2 (1995); "A-Movements", in M. Baltin & C. Collins, eds., Handbook of Contemporary Syntactic Theory, Blackwell & Sons
The Properties of English Non-Finite Negative Complements (in PDF format)
The Non-Reality of Doubly Filled Comps (in PDF format)
Appears in Linguistic Inquiry, Vol. 41, No. 2.
Deletion Versus Pro-Forms: An Overly Simplistic Dichotomy? (in PDF format)
in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, Vol. 31, No.2
The Non-Unity of VP-Preposing (in Word format)
Appears in Language, Vol. 82, No. 4
The Position of Adverbials (in Word format)
Appears in Samiian, Vida, Simin Karimi, & Wendy Wilkins, eds., Phrasal and Clausal Architecture, Syntactic Derivation and Interpretation, John Benjamins Publishing, 2007.
Is Grammar Markovian? (in PDF format)
Invited forum lecture to the Korean Association of English Language and Linguistics (Korea University, Seoul)
A-Movement (in Word format)
In The Handbook of Contemporary Syntactic Theory, Mark Baltin & Chris Collins (eds.), Blackwell Publishers, 2000.
Extraposition, the Right Roof Constraint, Result Clauses, Relative Clause Extraposition, and PP Extraposition (in PDF format)
Appears in The Blackwell Syntax Companion, 2005.
Introductory Syntax Lectures (in Word format)
Lecture notes for NYU Linguistics V61.0013 Grammatical Analysis class.
Movement to the Higher V is Remnant Movement (in PDF format)
Appeared in Linguistic Inquiry, Vol. 33, No. 4 (2002).
The Interaction of Ellipsis and Binding: Implications for the
Sequencing of Principle A (in PDF format)
Appears in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, Vol. 23, No. 2 (2003).
Selection for a Surface Anaphor (in Word format)
A squib with Janet Dean Fodor.
The Null Content of Null Case (in PDF format)
With Leslie Barrett.