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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