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Syntactic Theory at Rutgers


We are a group dedicated to Syntactic Theory. In our meetings grad students have the opportunity to:

  • Read and discuss recent publications in Syntax,
  • Hear talks by invited speakers
  • Present on their own work in syntax, and get feedback from each other



Faculty Organizer
Troy Messick (troy.messick [at]

Grad Organizers
Livia Souza       (livia.souza [at]
Hazel Mitchley (hazel.mitchley [at]


Meetings for this semester

Sept 19 2019: 11:30-12:50
Troy Messick. “3/4 agreement patterns and monotonicity” 

Sept 25 2019: 11:30-12:50
Natasha Chemey. “I’ve got a talk about ‘have got'”

Oct 9 2019: 11:30-12:50
Practice Talks:
Meg Gotowski. “What Quoi-sluices reveal about ellipsis and wh-clitics in French.”
Shiori Ikawa. “Long-distance binding of the reflexive anaphor zibun in Japanese” 

Oct 23 2019: 10:30-12:50
Paper Discussion
(joint Meeting with MRG)

Nov 6 2019: 11:30-12:50
Miloje Despic (Cornell). “On Morphology and Syntax of Agreement in Algonquian: Two Ways of Engaging with Multiple Arguments” (Joint work with Michael Hamilton & Sarah Murray)

Nov 20 2019: 11:30-12:50
Yining Nie (NYU). Title TBA

Dec 4 2019: 11:30-12:50
Practice Talk:
Augustina Owusu.  Title TBA


Past Meetings

April 22, 2019: 10-11:30am
Talk: Deepak Alok (Rutgers University). Interaction of addressee agreement and indexical shift in Magahi.

April 15, 2019: 10-11:30am
Talk: Troy Messick (Rutgers University). Variation in the interpretation of number features within ellipsis.

April 8, 2019: 10-11:30am
Talk: Shiori Ikawa (Rutgers University). Long-Distance binding of the reflexive anaphor zibun in Japanese.

April 1, 2019: 10-11:30am
Talk: Chen Zhou (Rutgers University). Verbal nouns and case assignment in the light verb constructions in Korean and Japanese.

March 11, 2019: 10-11:30am
Practice talk for FASAL-9: Sreekar Raghotham (Rutgers University). Telugu: An accusative case study.
Practice talk for FASAL-9: Deepak Alok (Rutgers University). The morphosyntax of Magahi addressee agreement

March 4, 2019: 2:30-3:30pm
Practice talk for PLC: Meg Gotowski (Rutgers University). Sluicing in French

Feb 25, 2019: 10-11:30am
Talk: Mark Baker (Rutgers University). On Possession, nominalization, and syntactic categories in Dan.

Feb 11, 2019: 10-11am
Paper Discussion: 
The syntax of conjunct and independent orders in Wampanoag (Richards, 2004), lead by Troy Messick