Department of Linguistics
University of Delaware
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Newark DE 19716
- Ph.D. Linguistics, University of Illinois 1973
- M.A. Linguistics, Southern Illinois, 1971
- comparative syntax
- linguistic theory
- Chinese, Hebrew, Malay, Quechua
- reflexives, questions, relative clauses, pronominals
- the interface of linguistics with other cognitive
The overriding goal of contemporary linguistics is to determine
the range of variation possible in human languages. The studies I
have engaged in generally involve the comparison of syntactic
constructions in several languages in order to determine what
possibilities can exist in human language. This general approach has
become known as "comparative syntax".
Soon after getting my Ph.D. I spent a number of years
concentrating on contemporary Hebrew. Later, I became interested in
the Quechua languages (spoken in the Andean mountains of South
America). While I have never lost interest in these languages, over
the last ten years I have mostly worked on varieties of Chinese. Even
more recently, I have become very interested in Malay and Indonesian.
The topic of my dissertation was pronouns, but I have worked on a
wide variety of subjects. I am currently especially interested in two
topics in syntax: long distance reflexives (like Chinese ziji)
and question formation. In addition to syntax per se, I have written
papers on semantics and pragmatics, and I am very interested in how
the scientific study of language can contribute to cognitive science
Fall 1997 Courses
Spring 1998 Courses
Symposia and Workshops
Some Recent Papers
- Chaozhou Fangyan Zhong San Zhong Fanfu Wenju (Three Types of
Yes/No Questions in a Teochew Dialect) (with Cher Leng Lee). In
Chinese. To appear in Yuyan Yanjiu, 1997.
- Yes/No Question in the Teochew of Singapore (with Cher Leng
Lee). Journal of East Asian Linguistics 6:2, 1997.
- An Apparent Typological Anomaly: Long Distance Reflexives in
Singapore Malay (with Gabriella Hermon). Recently submitted for
- The Typology of WH Movement: WH Questions in Malay (with
Gabriella Hermon). Recently submitted for publication, 1997.
- "Apa Yang "Apa Yang"? (with Gabriella Hermon and Norhaida Bt.
Aman). Presented at the Symposium on Malay and Indonesian
Linguistics, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia, January
15, 1997 and to be published in the Proceedings of the Symposium,
- Antecedents and Blockers of Long Distance reflexives: the Case
of Chinese Ziji (with Chengchi Wang). Linguistic
Inquiry 27, 3, 1996.
- Language in the Andes. Editor (with Gabriella Hermon
and Mario Daniel Martín). Newark, D.E.: Latin American
Studies Program, University of Delaware, 1995.
- Is There LF Movement? (with Gabriella Hermon). Linguistic
Inquiry 25, 239-262, 1994.
- Head Movement and Long Distance Reflexives (with Li-May Sung).
Linguistic Inquiry 25, 355-406, 1994.
- Feature Percolation (with Gabriella Hermon and Li-May Sung.
Journal of East Asian Linguistics 2:1, 1993.
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