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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
Deepak Alok (deepak.alok [at]
Hazel Mitchley (hazel.mitchley [at]




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 

Nov 16, 2018: 3-5pm
Talk: Lauren Clemens & Lee Bickmore (University at Albany SUNY). Resisting prosodic ambiguity: the case of reduced relative clauses in Rutooro

Oct 31, 2018: 1-2:30pm
Bleu Gildas Gondo (Rutgers University) The fusion between some constituents in the eastern Dan sentences

Oct 4, 2018: 1-2:30pm
Talk: Zheng Shen (Goethe University Frankfurt) Multi-valuation and the Language Level of the Agreement Hierarchy  

Sept 26, 2018: 1-2pm
Mark Baker & Livia Camargo Souza (Rutgers University) Agree without Agreement: Switch-Reference in Two Panoan Languages