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CURRICULUM VITAE

MARK C. BAKER

 

 

EDUCATION

 

1977-85       Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts

                        1985  Ph.D. in Linguistics

                        1981  B.S. in Philosophy; an interdisciplinary degree in

                             Cognitive Science with concentration in Psychology

                        1980  B.S. in Mathematics

 

REGULAR FACULTY POSITIONS

 

2004-           Distinguished Professor, Rutgers University

(Department of Linguistics and Center for Cognitive Science)

1998-04       Professor I, Rutgers University

(Department of Linguistics and Center for Cognitive Science)

1997-98       Professor, McGill University

1992-97       Associate Professor, McGill University

1986-92       Assistant Professor, McGill University

 

SHORT TERM FACULTY POSITIONS

 

2008            Visiting Faculty, University of Barcelona (May)

2006            Faculty, LOT summer school, University of Amsterdam (June)

2006            Visiting Faculty, University of the Basque Lands (April)

2005            Faculty, 63rd LSA Linguistic Institute, MIT

2003            Faculty, 62nd LSA Linguistic Institute, Michigan State University

1999            Faculty, 60th LSA Linguistic Institute, University of Illinois

1995            Faculty, 58th LSA Linguistic Institute, University of New Mexico

1993-94       Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences

1992            Visiting Professor (summer session), University of Ottawa

1985-86       Instructor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

     

PUBLICATIONS

Books

2015              Case: Its Principles and Its Parameters, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

2011                The Soul Hypothesis: Investigations into the Reality of the Soul, Continuum Press, New York

                        (co-edited with Stewart Goetz)      

2008            The Syntax of Agreement and Concord, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.  (273 pp.)

2003            The Lexical Categories: Verbs, Nouns, and Adjectives, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.  (338 pp.)

2001            The Atoms of Language, Basic Books, New York.  (276 pp.)

1996            The Polysynthesis Parameter, Oxford University Press, New York. (556 pp.)

1988            Incorporation: A Theory of Grammatical Function Changing, University of Chicago Press, Chicago.  (543 pp.)

 

Refereed Journal Articles

In press         “Lexical categories: Legacy, lacuna, and opportunity for functionalists and formalists” Annual Review of Linguistics 3. (with William Croft)

2014               “On dependent ergative case (in Shipibo) and its derivation by phase” Linguistic Inquiry 45: 341-380.

2014               “Rethinking Amharic prepositions as case markers inserted at PF” Lingua 145: 141-172. (with Ruth Kramer)

2014               “Pseudo noun incorporation as covert incorporation: linearization and crosslinguistic variation” Languages and Linguistics 15: 5-46.

2013               “On agreement and its relationship to case: Some generative ideas and results” Lingua 130: 14-32.

2012               “Forms of predication in Sakha (Turkic): Will the true lexical predicates please stand up?” Canadian Journal of Linguistics 57: 177-207. (with Nadya Vinokurova)

2012              “On the relationship of object agreement and accusative case: Evidence from Amharic. Linguistic Inquiry 43:255-274.

2011              “When agreement is for number and gender but not person” Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 29:875-915.

2011              “The interplay between Universal Grammar, universals, and lineage specificity: Some reflections raised by Dunn, Greenhill, Levinson, and Gray 2011” Language Typology 15:473-482.

2011              “Degrees of nominalization: Clauselike constituents in Sakha”, Lingua 121:1164-1193.

2010              “On the syntax and pragmatics of lexical categories” (reply to Mark Smith)”, Linguistics 48:779-785.

2010              “Agreement in Ibibio: From Every Head, To Every Head”, Syntax 13: 99-132 (with Willie Udo Willie)

2010             “Two modalities of Case assignment: Case in Sakha”, Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 28:593-642.  (with Nadya Vinokurova)

2009             “Language universals: Abstract but not mythological” (reply to Evans and Levinson), Behavior and Brain Science 32:448-449.

2009             “On agent nominalizations and why they are not like event nominalizations”, Language 85: 517-556.  (with Nadya Vinokurova)

2009             “Is Head Movement Still Needed for Noun Incorporation?  The Case of Mapudungun” Lingua 119: 148-165.

2008            “On the Nature of the Anti-Agreement Effect: Evidence from Wh-in-Situ in Ibibio” Linguistic Inquiry 39, 615-632.

2007            “On the Relationship of Typology to Theoretical Syntax”, Linguistic Typology 11:273-284.  (with Jim McCloskey)

2006            “Linkers and the Internal Structure of vPNatural Language and Linguistic Theory 24, 307-354.  (with Chris Collins)

2005            “On Verb-Initial and Verb-Final Word Orders in LokaaJournal of African Languages and Linguistics 26, 125-164.

2005            “Two Types of Noun Incorporation: Noun Incorporation in Mapudungun and Its Typological Implications” Language 81, 138-177. (with R. Aranovich and L. Golluscio)

2005            “Mapping the Terrain of Language Acquisition” Language Learning and Development 1, 93-129.

2003            “On Directionality and the Structure of the Verb Phrase: Evidence from NupeSyntax 6, 115-155.  (with Jason Kandybowicz.)

2003            “Language Differences and Language Design” Trends in Cognitive Sciences 7, 349-353.

2002            “Building and Merging, not Checking: The Nonexistence of (Aux)-S-V-O Languages” Linguistic Inquiry 33: 321-329.

1998            “Events, Times, and Mohawk Inflectional Morphology,” Canadian Journal of Linguistics 43, 149-203. (with L. Travis)

1997            “Mood as Verbal Definiteness in a ‘Tenseless’ Language,” Natural Language Semantics 5, 213-269.  (with L. Travis)

1992            “Unmatched Chains and the Representation of Plural Pronouns,” Natural Language Semantics  1, 43-83.

1992            “Morphological Classes and Grammatical Organization”Yearbook in Morphology  4, 89-106.

1991            “On Some Subject/Object Nonasymmetries in Mohawk,” Natural Language and Linguistic Theory  9, 537-576.

1990            “Relativized Minimality and Pronoun Incorporation,” Linguistic Inquiry  21, 289-297. (with K. Hale)

1989            “Object Sharing and Projection in Serial Verb Constructions,” Linguistic Inquiry 20, 513-543.

1989            “Passive Arguments Raised,” Linguistic Inquiry  20, 219-251. (with K. Johnson and I. Roberts)

1988            “Theta Theory and the Syntax of Applicative Constructions in Chichewa,” Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 6, 353-389.

1988            “On Morphological and Syntactic Objects: A Review of Di Sciullo and Williams On the Definition of Word,”Yearbook in Morphology 1, 9-32.

1985            The Mirror Principle and Morphosyntactic Explanation,” Linguistic Inquiry 16, 373-415.

 

Collective Works (invited participant)

In press          “Ergative case in Burushaski: A dependent case analysis” in Jessica Coon, Diane Massam, and Lisa Travis (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Ergativity, Oxford University Press, New York.

In press          “On inherent and dependent theories of ergative case” in Jessica Coon, Diane Massam, and Lisa Travis (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Ergativity, Oxford University Press, New York. (with Jonathan Bobaljik)

2015                “Nouns, verbs, and verbal nouns: Their structures and their structural cases” in Joanna Blaszczak and K. Migdalski (eds.) How Categorical are Categories? New approaches to the old questions of noun, verb, and adjective, Mouton de Gruyter, Berlin.

2014                “Types of crosslinguistic variation in case assignment” in Silvia Ferreiro and Carme Picallo (eds), Linguistic Variation in the Minimalist Program, Oxford University Press, New York, pp. 36-60.

2013               “Agreement and Case” , in Marcel den Dikken (ed), The Cambridge Handbook of Generative Syntax, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 607-654.

2012               “Theism and Cognitive Science” , in Charles Taliaferro and Stewart Goetz (eds), Routlege Companion to Theism, Routlege.

2012               “Obliqueness as a component of argument structure in Amharic” in Cristina Cuervo and Yves Roberge (eds), The End of Argument Structure? Emerald Press, Branford, England, pp. 43-74

2011             “Morphological Universals” and “Parameters” in Patrick Colm Hogan (ed.) The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Language Sciences, Cambridge University Press,Cambridge.

2011             “Bodies and souls; grammar and speaking” in Mark Baker and Stewart Goetz (eds) The Soul Hypothesis: Investigations into the Reality of the Soul.  Continuum Press, New York, pp. 73-98.

2010             “On Parameters of Agreement in Austronesian Languages” in Raph Mercado, Joey Sabbagh, Lisa Travis (edsAustronesian and Theoretical Linguistics.  John Benjamins, Amsterdam, pp. 345-374.

2010             “Formal Generative Typology” in Bernd Heine and Heiko Narrog (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Analysis, Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 285-312.

2009             “Araucanian: Mapudungun” in Rocelle Lieber and Pavol Štekauer (eds) TheOxford Handbook of Compounding, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 594-608.  (with Carlos Fasola)

2008            “The Macroparameter in a Microparametric World” in Theresa Biberauer (ed.), The Limits of Syntactic Variation, John Benjamins, Amsterdam, pp. 351-374.

2007            “The Creative Aspect of Language Use and Nonbiological Nativism” in Peter Carruthers, Stephen Lawrence, and Stephen Stich (eds) The Innate Mind 3: Foundationsand the Future. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 233-253.

2006            “On Zero Agreement and Polysynthesis” in Peter Ackema, Patrick Brandt, Maaike Schoorlemmer and Fred Weerman (eds.) Arguments and AgreementOxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 289-320.

2006            “Do All Languages Have the Same Grammar?” in E.M. Rickerson and Barry Hilton (eds.) The 5-Minute Linguist.  Equinox Press, London, pp. 54-57.

2005            “The Innate Endowment for Language: Overspecified or Underspecified” in Peter Carruthers, Steve Lawrence, and Steven Stich (eds) The Innate Mind: Structure and Contents. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 156-174.

2003            “Agreement, Dislocation, and Partial Configurationality” in Andrew Carnie, Heidi Harley, and Mary Willie, Formal Approaches to Function.  John Benjamins, Amsterdam, pp. 107-134.

2002            On Category Asymmetries in Derivational Morphology” in S. Bendjaballah, Wolfgang Dressler, O.E. Pfeiffer, and M.D. Voeikova (eds.) Morphology 2000, John Benjamins, Amsterdam, pp. 17-36.

2002            Phrase structure as a Representation of “Primitive” Grammatical Relations”, in W. Davies and S. Dubinsky (eds.) Objects and Other Subjects, Kluwer, Dordrecht, pp. 21-52.

2001            “Syntax”, in M. Aronoff and R. Miller (eds.), Handbook of Linguistics, Basil Blackwell, Oxford, pp. 407-438.

2001            “The Natures of Nonconfigurationality”,  in M. Baltin and C. Collins (eds), Handbook of Syntax, Basil Blackwell, Oxford, pp. 407-438.

2001            “Nonconfigurationality and Polysynthesis”, in M. Haspelmath et. al. (eds.), Language Typology and Language Universals: An International Handbook, Walter de Gruyer, Berlin, vol 2., pp. 1433-1442.

1999            “External possession in Mohawk: Noun Incorporation and Argument Structure”, in D. Payne and I. Barshi (eds.) External Possession, John Benjamins, Amsterdam, pp. 293-324.

1999            “Clitic Climbing and the Boundedness of Head Movement”, in H. van Reimsdijk (ed.), Clitics in the Languages of Europe, Mouton de Gruyter, Berlin, pp. 369-373.

1999            “Polysynthesis”, in R. Wilson and F. Kiel (eds.) MIT Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science, MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, pp. 654-655.

1998            “Comments on the paper by Sadock”, in S. Lapointe, D. Brentari, and P. Farrell (eds.) Morphology and Its Relation to Phonology and Syntax.  CSLI Publications, Stanford, pp. 188-212.

1997            “Thematic roles and syntactic structure”, in L. Haegeman (ed.), Elements of Grammar, Kluwer, Dordrecht, pp. 73-137.

1997            “Complex Predicates and Agreement in Polysynthetic Languages”, in A. Alsina, J. Bresnan, and P. Sells (eds.) Complex Predicates, CSLI, Stanford, pp. 249-290.

1996            “On the Structural Position of Themes and Goals”, in J. Rooryck and L. Zaring (eds.) Phrase Structure and the Lexicon, Kluwer, Dordrecht, pp.7-34.

1995            “On the Absence of Certain Quantifiers in Mohawk,” in E. Bach, E. Jelinek, A. Kratzer, and B. Partee  (eds.) Quantification in Natural Language, Kluwer, Dordrecht, pp. 21-58

1995            “Lexical and Nonlexical Noun Incorporation,” in Urs Egli, Peter Pause, Christoph Schwarze, Arnim von Stechow, and Götz Wienold (eds.) Lexical Knowledge in the Organization of Language, John Benjamins, Amsterdam, pp. 3-33.

1993            “Noun Incorporation and the Nature of Linguistic Representation,” in W. Foley (ed.), The Role of Theory in Language Description., Mouton de Gruyter, Berlin, pp. 13-44.

1992            “Thematic Conditions on Syntactic Structures: Evidence from Locative Applicatives,” in I. Roca (ed.), Thematic Structure: Its Role in Grammar, Foris, Dordrecht, pp. 23-46.

1991            “On the Relation between Serialization and Verb Extensions,” in C. Lefebvre (ed.) Serial Verbs: Grammatical, Comparative and Cognitive Approaches, John Benjamins, Amsterdam, pp. 79-102.

1989            “Elements of a Typology of Applicatives in Bantu,” in J. Hutchinson and V. Manfredi (eds.), Current Approaches to African Linguistics 7, Foris, Dordrecht, pp. 111-124.

1988            “Morphology and Syntax:  An Interlocking Independence,” in M. Everaert, A. Evers, R. Huybregts and M. Tommelen (eds.), Morphology and Modularity. In honour of Henk Schultink , Foris, Dordrecht, pp. 9-32.

1983            “Objects, Themes, and Lexical Rules in Italian,” in L. Levin, M. Rappaport, and A. Zaenen (eds.) Papers in Lexical Functional Grammar, Indiana University Linguistics Club, pp. 1-46.

 

Conference Proceedings

2016            “Agreement with and past oblique subjects: New considerations from Kurmanji,” Proceedings of NELS 46. (with Ümit Atlamaz)

2012            “Sources of (a)symmetry in Bantu double object constructions,” Proceedings of WCCFL 30. (with Ken Safir and Justine Sikuku)

2003            “Verbal Adjectives as Adjectives without Phi-features,” Proceedings of the Fourth Tokyo Conference on Psycholinguistics, Yukio Otsu (ed.), Keio University, pp. 1-22.

2003            “On the Loci of Agreement: Inversion Constructions in Mapudungun,” Proceedings of NELS 33, GSLA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, pp. 25-49.

1999            “On the interplay of the universal and the particular: case studies in Edo,” Proceedings of the 35th Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistics Society, University of Chicago, Chicago, pp. 265-290.

1999            “Verb-Raising, Objects, and Serialization,” Proceedings of NELS 29, GSLA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, pp. 17-32. (with O.T. Stewart)

1997            “Unaccusativity and the Adjective/Verb Distinction: Edo Evidence,”Proceedings of NELS 27, Kiyomi Kusumoto (ed.), GSLA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, pp. 33-48.

1996            “Unaccusativity and the Adjective/Verb Distinction: English and Mohawk Evidence,” Proceedings of Eastern States Conference in Linguistics ‘96, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.

1993            “Why Unaccusative Verbs Cannot Dative-Shift,” Proceedings of NELS 23, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Vol. 1, pp. 33-47.

1992            “Structure Preservation and Mohawk Inchoative Verbs,”  Proceedings of the 18th annual meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society, University of California, Berkeley, Calif. pp. 261-275

1990            “Pronominal Inflection and the Morphology-Syntax Interface,”  Proceedings of the 26th annual meeting of the Chicago Linguistics Society, University of Chicago. Vol. 1, pp. 25-48

1989            “Serial Verbs and Verbal Projections,” Proceedings of NELS 19, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, pp. 16-30.

1985            “Syntactic Affixation and English Gerunds,”Proceedings of the West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics  4, Stanford University, Stanford, Calif. pp. 1-11.

 

Book Reviews and Review Articles

1997            Review: Autolexical Syntax, by J. SadockLanguage  73, 847-849

1997            “On Particles in Universal Grammar: A review of den Dikken (1995).”  Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 15, 641-666.

1993            Review: A-morphous Morphology, by S. AndersonLanguage  69, 587-590.

1990            Review: Mixed Categories, by C. Lefebvre and P. MuyskenLanguage  66, 142-146.

 

Working Papers Volumes

2010             “On tense and copular verbs in Sakha,” in RULing.  (with Nadya Vinokurova)

1988            “How Complex Words Get Their Properties,” in McGill University Working Papers in Linguistics, special issue on Amerindian Languages, Montréal, pp. 40-59.

1988            “Against Reanalysis of Heads,” in McGill Working Papers in Linguistics:Special Issue on Comparative Germanic Syntax, Montréal, pp. 35-60.

1983            “Assume GF and the Order of Morphemes,” in I. Haik and D. Massam (eds.) MIT Working Papers in Linguistics  5, pp. 53-104.

 

 

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS 

 

2016               “Can prosodic phonology be sensitive to features of syntax other than constituency? The case of Haya” Paper presented at the workshop on the effects of syntactic constituency on sentence phonology, University of Massachusetts-Amherst (July 2016). Invited speaker.

 

2016               “On accusative case assignment in Sakha compared to other Altaic languages”  Paper presented at the Altaic Languages 2 International Conference, North East Federal University, Yakutsk, Russia (May 2016). Invited plenary lecture.

 

2016               “On crosslinguistic variation in structural case assignment in Altaic languages” Paper presented at the Workshop on Altaic Formal Linguistics 12, Central Connecticut State University (May 2016). Invited plenary lecture.

 

2016               “On principles and parameters, typology and universals, in case and agreement systems” Paper presented at Rethinking Comparative Syntax (CamCoS 5), University of Cambridge (May 2016). Invited speaker.

 

2015               “Generative Typology” Remarks presented at the round table workshop Generative syntax in the 21st century: The road ahead, University of Athens (May 2015). Invited speaker.

 

2015               “Theories of Case Assignment Meet Varieties of Ergative and Active Languages” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the German Linguistics Society, University of Leipzig (March 2015). Invited plenary address.

 

2014               Applicatives in Amharic as Agreement with PP” Paper presented at the 45th meeting of the North Eastern Linguistics Society, MIT (October 2014). By refereed abstract.

 

2014               “On Case Assignment in Dative Subject Constructions in Dravidian: Tamil and Kannada” Paper presented at Formal Analysis of South Asian Languages 4, Rutgers University (March 2014). Invited keynote speaker.

 

2014               “On the Diversity and Deep Unity of Language: Syntax” Presentation at the 9th Annual Rome Festival of Science, Rome (January 2014).  Invited speaker.

 

2013               “Diversity out of Unity in Language: Polysynthesis and Beyond” Paper presented at the KNAW Conference Diversity and Universals in Language, Culture, and Cognition, University of Leiden (October 2013). Invited plenary lecture.

 

2013               “Ergative and Accusative; Syntactic and Morphological; Formal and Functional; Micro- and Macro-“ Paper presented at the workshop on Micro and Macrovariation, University of Leiden (October 2013). Invited speaker.

 

2013               “On Alignment Type and Types of Differential Object Marking.” Paper presented at the workshop on Differential Object Marking, University of Tromsø (May 2013). Invited keynote lecture.

 

2012               “Parameters of Structural (Dependent) Case.” Paper presented at the Linguistic Association of Great Britain, University of Salford (September 2012).  Henry Sweet endowed lecture.

 

2012              “Sources of (a)symmetry in Bantu double object constructions.” Paper presented at the West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics, University of California-Santa Cruz (April 2012). (with Ken Safir and Justine Sikuku) By refereed abstract.

 

2012              “Categories of clausal constituents in Lubukusu.” Paper presented at the American Conference on African Linguistics, Tulane University (March 2012). (with Ken Safir) By refereed abstract.

 

2012              “On some asymmetries in a symmetrical object language.” Paper to be presented at the American Conference on African Linguistics, Tulane University (March 2012). (with Justine Sikuku) By refereed abstract.

 

2011              “Principles and Parameters set out from Europe.” Talk given at the 50th Anniversary of the MIT Department of Linguistics, MIT (December 2011).  Invited speaker.

 

2011              “Agreement and its Relationship to Case: An Example of Generative Theory and its Relationship to Linguistic Universals.”  Paper presented at the North Eastern Linguistics Society 42, University of Toronto, Toronto (November 2011).  Special invited speaker.

 

2011              “On Pseudo-Noun Incorporation: Syntax, Semantics, and Crosslinguistic Variation.”  Paper presented at the International Workshop of the Syntax-Semantics Interface, Institute of Linguistics, Academia Sinica, Taiwan (June 2011).  Invited Speaker.

 

2010             “On the relationship between object agreement and accusative case.” Paper presented at the Fifth Belgian Conference in Generative Linguistics, Brussels (December 2010). Invited speaker.

 

2010            “Prepositions as Case morphemes inserted at PF in Amharic.” Paper presented at the Fifth Belgian Conference in Generative Linguistics, Brussels (December 2010, with Ruth Kramer).  By anonymous abstract.

                       

2010            “On why bare NPs must be adjacent to the verb.” Paper presented at the workshop Bare Nouns and Genericity, Paris, France (October 2010). Invited speaker.

                       

2010           “Obliqueness as a component of argument structure in Amharic.” Paper presented at the workshop The End of Argument Structure?, Toronto, Canada (October 2010).  Invited         speaker.

 

2010           “On the morphosyntactic distinctives of adjectives.” Paper presented at the workshop Adjectives and Relative Clauses: Syntax and Semantics, Venice, Italy (June 2010). Invited speaker.

 

2010           Crosslinguistic Variation in Case Assignment”  Paper presented at the workshop on Crosslinguistic Variation in the Minimalist Program, Barcelona, Spain (January 2010). Invited Speaker.

 

2009            “Formal Generative Typology: A little vision, and a little example”  Paper presented at Association for Linguistic Typology, Berkeley, Calif. (July 2009)  Invited Keynote Speaker.

2008            “When Agreement is in Number and Gender but not in Person”  Paper presented at the Symposium on Phi-feature Inflection, Annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Chicago, Illinois.  (January 2008).  Invited Speaker.

2008            “On the Assignment of Accusative Case in Sakha”  Paper presented at the Annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of  America, Chicago, Illinois.  (January 2008). By anonymous abstract.

2007            “Agreement Parameters: from Africa to Austronesian and the World”  Paper presented at the fourteenth annual meeting of the Austronesian Formal Linguistics Society, Monteal, Quebec.  (May 2007).  Invited Speaker.

2007            “Tense, Auxiliaries, and Negation in Ibibio” Paper presented at “Syntactic Structures—a 50th Anniversary Celebration”, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ. (April 2007)

2007            “What if there were no Noun Incorporation?”  Paper presented at the organized session on endangered languages and linguistic theory, Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Anaheim, Calif. (January 2007).  Invited Speaker.

2006            “Lexical Category Distinctions and Agreement”  Paper presented at the “Parts of Speech 2006” conference, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam (June 2006).  Invited Speaker.

2006            “Is Head Movement Still Needed for Noun Incorporation?  The Case of Mapudungun” Paper presented at the “Noun Incorporation and Its Kind” workshop, University of Ottawa, Ottawa (February 2006).  Invited Speaker.

2005            “A Macroparameter meets Mapudungu”   Paper presented at the “Structure of Parametric Variation” workshop, University of Newcastle, Newcastle on Tyne. (September 2005).  Invited Speaker.

2005            “The Comparative Genomics of Language”  Paper presented at the FEBS workshop “Modular Protein Domains”.  Seefeld, Austria.  (September 2005).  Invited Plenary Speaker 

2005            “On Gerunds and the Theory of Categories”  Paper presented at the Penn Linguistic Colloquium 29, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.  (February 2005).  Invited Keynote Speaker

2005            “The Impact of Typology on Theoretical Syntax and Morphology” Paper presented at the forum on the Status of Typology in America, Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Oakland, Calif.  (January 2005)  Invited Speaker.

2005            “Agreement, Word Order and Categories: Gerunds in Lokaa”  Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Oakland, Calif.  (January 2005) By refereed abstract

2004            “On the Creative Aspect of Language Use and Nonbiological Innateness”  Paper presented at the Reflections on Innateness Conference, University of Sheffield (July 2004). Invited Speaker

2004            "Another Paradigm for Innateness?" Paper presented at the Structure of the Innate Mind workshop, University of Maryland, College Park (March 2004).

2003            “Complementation, Nominalization, and Polysynthesis.” Paper presented at the CASTL kick-off conference, University of Tromsø, Tromsø, Norway (October 2003).  Invited Speaker.

2003            “The Tense-Aspect System of Kinande meets Morphosyntactic Theory.” Paper presented at the 4th World Congress of African Linguistics, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ (June 2003).  By abstract.

2003            “Nouns vs. Adjectives: Distinction and Integration”  Paper presented at the Mayfest workshop on the Emergence of Meaning, University of Maryland (May 2003). Invited speaker.

2003            “Verbal Adjectives as Adjectives without Phi-Features.” Paper presented at the 4th Tokyo Conference on Psycholinguistics, Keio University, Tokyo (March 2003). Invited speaker.

2003            “Verbs, Nouns, and Adjectives: Their Universal Grammar.”  Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Linguistics Society of America, Atlanta, Georgia (January 2003). Invited plenary speaker.

2002            “Agreement and Dislocation: New Evidence from Mapudungun.”  Paper presented at the 33rd Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistics Society, Cambridge, Mass. (November, 2002).  Invited speaker.

2002            “Advances in Linguistics and Opportunities for a Theistic Cognitive Science.” Talk presented at the Pew Trust Workshop on the Metaphysics of Persons, Princeton, New Jersey (September 6, 2002).

2002            “The Innate Endowment for Language: Overdetermined or Underdetermined?”  Paper presented at the First Annual AHRB Conference on Innateness and the Structure of the Mind, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, England (July, 2002).  Invited Speaker.

2002            “Verb Phrase Structure: New Insights from Africa.”  Paper presented at the 33rd Annual Meeting of the American Conference on African Linguistics, Athens, Ohio (March, 2002).  Invited Plenary Speaker.

2001            “Agreement, Dislocation, and Partial Configurationality.” Paper presented at the Role of Agreement in Argument Structure Workshop, University of Utrecht (August 2001).Invited speaker.

2000            “On Category Asymmetries in Derivational Morphology.” Paper presented at the 9th International Meeting on Morphology, Vienna (February 2000).  Invited speaker.

1999            “On the Noun/Adjective Distinction.” Paper presented at NELS 30, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey (October 1999).  Invited keynote speaker.

1999            “New Reflections of Syntax in Morphology.”  Paper presented at the Mayfest workshop on Morphology, University of Maryland (May 1999).  Invited speaker.

1999            “On the Interplay of the Universal and the Particular: Case Studies from Edo.”  Paper presented at the 35th Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistics Society, University of Chicago (April 1999).  Invited keynote address.

1999            “Innateness and the Universality of Universal Grammar: Evidence from Mohawk.” Presentation given at the “Grammar: What’s Innate?” Symposium at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Anaheim, Calif.  (January 1999)

1998            “Verb movement, Objects, and Serialization.”  Paper to presented at NELS 29, Newark, Delaware (October, 1998).  By refereed abstract. (with O.T. Stewart)

1997            “Adjectives, Thematic Hierarchies, and the Spirit of the Minimalist Program.” Paper presented at the “Challenges of Minimalism” conference, Open Linguistics Forum, University of Ottawa (March 1997).  Invited Keynote address.

1996            “Unaccusativity and the Adjective/Verb Distinction: Edo Evidence.” Paper presented at NELS 27, Montreal, Quebec (October, 1996).  By refereed abstract. (with O.T. Stewart)

1996            “Unaccusativity and the Adjective/Verb Distinction: English and Mohawk Evidence.” Paper presented at the Eastern States Conference in Linguistics ‘96, St. John, New Brunswick (September, 1996).  Invited speaker to refereed conference.

1995            “Morpheme Orders and Cooccurence Restrictions in Morphologically Complex Languages.” Paper presented at the International Conference on Interfaces in Lingusitics, Oporto, Portugal (November, 1995). Invited speaker to refereed conference.

1995            “Is Compounding Autonomous from Syntax?” Paper presented at the Morphology and its Interfaces symposium, University of California-Davis (May, 1995). Invited speaker.

1994            “On Differences between Case and Agreement.”  Paper presented at the Morphology-Syntax Connection workshop, MIT, Cambridge (January, 1994). By refereed abstract. 

1993            “Complex Predicates and Agreement in Polysynthetic Languages.”  Paper presented at the CSLI Complex Predicates Workshop, Stanford University, Stanford (May, 1993). Invited speaker.

1992            “Why Unaccusative Verbs Cannot Dative-Shift,” Paper presented at NELS 23, Ottawa, Ontario (October, 1992).  By refereed abstract.

1992            “Structure Preservation and Mohawk Inchoative Verbs.”  Paper presented at the 18th annual meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society, Berkeley, California (February, 1992).  Invited speaker to refereed conference.

1991            “Unmatched Chains.” Paper presented at the 22nd annual meeting of the North Eastern Linguistics Society, University of Delaware, Newark (October, 1991). By refereed abstract.

1991            “Lexical and Nonlexical Noun Incorporation,” Paper presented at the Internation symposium on Lexical Knowledge in the Organization of Language, Konstanz, Germany (May, 1991) Invited speaker.

1990            “Without with: Expressions of Instrumentality in Mohawk.”  Paper presented at the Lexical and Syntactic Relations workshop, University of Toronto, Toronto (February, 1990).

1989            “Non-Standard Agreement in Mohawk.” Paper presented at the Non-Standard Case and Argument Structure conference, University of Arizona, Tucson (July, 1989). Invited speaker.

1989            “Pronominal Inflection and the Morphology-Syntax Interface.”  Paper presented at the 26th annual meeting of the Chicago Linguistics Society, Chicago, Illinois (April, 1989).     Invited speaker to refereed conference.

1989            “What the Projection Principle Projects.”  Paper presented at the Views on Phrase Structure conference, University of Florida, Gainesville (March, 1989).  Invited speaker to refereed conference.

1988            “Serial Verbs and Verbal Projections.” Paper presented at NELS 19, Ithaca, New York (October, 1988). By refereed abstract.

1988            “On the Relation between Serialization and Verb Extensions.” Paper presented at the Second Niger-Congo Syntax and Semantics Workshop, Cambridge, Mass. (May, 1988).

1987            “Noun Incorporation and the Nature of Linguistic Representation.” Paper presented at the Wenner-Gren conference on the Role of Theory in Language Description, Ocho Rios, Jamaica (November, 1987). Invited speaker.

1987            “Elements of a Typology of Applicatives in Bantu.” Paper presented at the Annual Conference on African Languages, Boston, Mass. (May, 1987). Invited speaker.

1987            “Against Reanalysis of Heads.” Paper presented at the conference on Comparative Germanic Syntax, Montréal, Quebec (April, 1987)

1986            “Morphology and Syntax:  An Interlocking Independence.” Paper presented at the Symposium on “Morphology and Modularity”, Utrecht, the Netherlands (June, 1986). Invited speaker.

1985            “The Government-Binding Theory Illustrated.”  Series of five talks given at the Summer Institute of Linguistics/University of North Dakota. (August, 1985).  Invited speaker.

1985            “Syntactic Affixation and English Gerunds,” Paper presented at the West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics 4, Los Angeles, California. (March, 1985) By abstract.

1984            “Iroquoian Noun Incorporation:  Where Syntax and Morphology Meet.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Baltimore. By refereed abstract.

 

GRANTS RECEIVED

 

Rutgers University Research Council Grant (awarded 2012)

Project Title: Ergativity and Clause Structure in Shipibo-Konibo

Amount Received: $1000

 

American Philosophical Society Fellowship Research Grant (awarded 2005)

Project Title: A Universal Theory of Agreement and Concord

Amount Received: $40,000

National Science Foundation Conference Grant (awarded 2003).

Conference title: World Conference on African Linguistics 4 (with A. Akinlabi)

Amount Received: $30,000.

Fonds pour la Formation de Chercheurs et l’Aide a la Recherche (awarded 1996).

Project Title: On Syntactic Categories (with C. Lefebvre, L. Travis).

Amount Received: $90,000.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Grant (awarded 1995).

Project Title: A Crosslinguistically Valid Theory of Lexical Categories

Amount Received: $88,000

Fonds pour la Formation de Chercheurs et l’Aide a la Recherche (awarded 1993).

Project Title: The Theory and Acquisition of Category Types  (with L. Travis, L. White).

Amount Received: $74,025.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Grant (awarded 1990).

Project Title: Syntactic theory and the structure of Mohawk.

Amount Received: $52,139.

Fonds pour la Formation de Chercheurs et l’Aide a la Recherche (awarded 1990).

Project Title: A cross-linguistic approach to syntactic structure and its consequences for the acquisition of languages (co-investigators: L. Travis, L. White, F. Genesee).

Amount Received: $137,000.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Grant (awarded 1989).

Project Title: Mohawk syntax and syntactic theory.

Amount Received: $18,075.

 

ACADEMIC HONORS

 

·            Board of Governors Prize for Excellence in Research, Rutgers University (2008)

·            Elected Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science  (elected 2007)

·            Sabbatical Fellowship, American Philosophical Society (awarded 2005)

·            Ranked 1st in the SSHRCC research grants competition, linguistics section (1995)

·            Fellow, Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences (1993-94)

·            National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship (awarded 1981)

·            Phi Beta Kappa (awarded 1981)

·            National Merit Scholarship (awarded 1977)

 

MEDIA COVERAGE OF RESEARCH

 

·            Radio interview on WWHY, Philadelphia, April 17, 2002.

·            Der Spiegel Magazine article, “Satzbau-Formel entdeckt?”, 5/2002 (p. 169)

·            New York Times article, “Expert Says He Discerns ‘Hard-Wired’ Grammar Rules, by Brenda Fowler, Tuesday, January 15, 2002.

·            Radio interview on “New York in Company”, WNYC, January 7, 2002.

·            Discussed in New York Times Magazine column, “On Language” by William Safir, December 16, 2001.

·            Radio interview on NPR stations in Utah and Colorado, October 19, 2001

·            Radio interview, aired on the Bloomberg radio network, October 5, 2001

·            Los Angeles Times article, January 2000

·            News article in Science, 2000.

·            Posting on the Foxnews website, spring 2000.

·            Article in Child, June-July 2000 issue

·            San Francisco Chronicle article, “Secret Skeleton inside all Languages, Study Hints”, by Carl T. Hall, January 23, 1999 (page A6).

·            Daily Telegraph (UK) article, “Mohawk clue backs innate rules of language”, January 1999.

 

COMMUNITY SERVICE

 

1990-92       Consultant to the Kahnawake Cultural Center and Board of Education on programs to preserve and promote the Mohawk language.

1989-91       Consultant to the McGill University Native Teacher Training Program, Kahnawake Branch.

 

 

OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

 

1998-01       Member of Linguistic Society of America Nominating Committee (Chair: 2000-2001)

2000-08       Member of the Corporation Visiting Committee for the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2001-05       Chair, Department of Linguistics, Rutgers University

2004-07       Member of Linguistic Society of America Executive Committee

2011-14        Graduate Program Director, Department of Linguistics, Rutgers University

2013-16        Member of the nominating committee, Section Z, American Association for the Advancement of Science

 

Editorial Boards

·            Associate Editor, Language, 2007-2010

·            Linguistic Inquiry, 1987-.

·            Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, 1990-.

·            Natural Language Semantics, 1991-.

·            Yearbook of Morphology, 1993-.

·            Syntax, 2003-2007

·            Biolinguistics, 2007-present

·            Open Generative Syntax book series, 2016-.

 

last update: 7/25/2016