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Yimei Xiang published in Natural Language Semantics

Prof. Yimei Xiang has recently published a new article in Natural Language Semantics : Relativized Exhaustivity: mention-some and uniqueness. The article can also be accessed freely in a view only format here. Congratulations, Prof. Xiang!   Abstract: Wh-questions with the modal verb can admit both mention-some (MS) and mention-all (MA) answers. This paper argues that we … Read More

Diti Bhadra receives five year NSF CAREER grant

We are excited to share that Rutgers alumna Dr. Diti Bhadra (University of Minnesota) has been awarded the prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Grant for her project, Theory, Fieldwork, and Typology: A Semantic/Pragmatic Triad in Underrepresented Linguistic Systems. In this project, Dr. Bhadra would be investigating semantic typologies, isoglosses and variation, in the large linguistic … Read More

Rutgers linguists give invited talks at UMass

Prof. Troy Messick and Prof. Adam McCollum gave invited talks at UMass Amherst over the past month.   Prof. Messick talked about Case-copying reflexives and reciprocals on April 1st 2022. More details of the talk can be found here. Prof. McCollum gave a talk titled The atoms of a theory of vowel harmony: Iterativity on April 22, 2022. … Read More

Adam McCollum published in Glossa

Prof. Adam McCollum with Darya Kavitskaya (UC Berkeley) has recently published an article in Glossa titled “On the status of non-iterativity in feature spreading“.   Abstract: In the most commonly discussed cases, feature spreading is iterative, applying to all licit targets within a given domain. Early work within rule-based theories of phonology developed explicit mechanisms to induce … Read More

Nate Koser passed his dissertation defense

We’re really pleased to announce that Nate Koser successfully defended his dissertation on March 30th, 2022! Title: The Computational Nature of Stress Assignment Committee: Adam Jardine (Chair), Bruce Tesar, Adam McCollum, Jeffrey Heinz (Stony Brook University) Abstract: This dissertation articulates a restrictive theory of stress based on formal language theoretic complexity. It demonstrates that stress patterns … Read More

Incoming grad students for class of 2022

Welcome to our Grad class of 2022!   We are excited to announce our incoming class of PhD students for Fall 2022! We will be joined by:   Aidan Sharma (University of California, Los Angeles) Ariela Ye (University of Southern California) Beryl Bui (University of Rochester) Chenli Wang (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) Vinny Czarnecki (Stony … Read More

Dorothy Ahn (with Heejong Ko) published in Glossa

Dorothy Ahn (with Heejong Ko of Seoul National University) recently published an article in Glossa. Please find all the details below. Congratulations to Dr. Ahn and Dr. Ko! On non conservativity of Korean floating quantifiers Abstract: Since the Conservativity Universal (Barwise & Cooper 1981; Keenan & Stavi 1986) has been proposed for natural language determiners, several apparent counterexamples … Read More

Shiori Ikawa successfully defended her dissertation

We’re delighted to announce that Shiori Ikawa successfully defended her dissertation on February 4th!!! Title: ‘On Agree feeding interpretation: Honorificity, empathy, and switch-reference.’ Co-Chairs: Mark Baker and Troy Messick Committee members: Yimei Xiang and Rafaella Zanutini (External, Yale University)   Abstract: Agree is one of the few core syntactic operations posited in minimalist syntax (Chomsky, 2000, 2001) and … Read More

Jess Law published in Journal of Semantics

Rutgers alumna Jess Law (UCSC) recently published an article titled The Mereological Structure of Distributivity: A Case Study of Binominal Each (abstract below) in the Journal of Semantics. Congratulations to Dr. Law! Abstract : Binominal each is known to exhibit selectional requirements on the noun phrase that immediately precedes it. The goal of this paper is … Read More