(p. xi) About the authors
(p. xi) About the authors
Peter Ackema is Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh. He has worked extensively on issues regarding the syntax—morphology interface, on which he has published two books (Issues in Morphosyntax, 1999, and, together with Ad Neeleman, Beyond Morphology, 2004) as well as numerous articles. He has also published on a wide range of syntax- and morphology-internal topics, in such journals as Linguistic Inquiry, Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, and Yearbook of Morphology.
David Beaver (Ph.D., University of Edinburgh, 1995) is an Associate Professor of Linguistics at Stanford University. His publications include Presupposition and Assertion in Dynamic Semantics (CSLI Publications, 2001) and articles and book chapters on presupposition, anaphora, and focus.
Cedric Boeckx is Assistant Professor of Linguistics at Harvard University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut in 2001. His research interests are in theoretical syntax, comparative grammar, and architectural questions of language. He is the author of Islands and Chains (2003), A Course in Minimalist Syntax, with Howard Lasnik and Juan Uriagereka (2005), and Linguistic Minimalism: Origins, Methods, and Aims (2006), and editor of Multiple Wh-fronting, with Kleanthes K. Grohmann (2003), Agreement Systems (2006), and Minimalist Essays (2006).
Daniel Büring is Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of California Los Angeles. He has published numerous articles on intonation and meaning, binding theory, and other topics in syntax, semantics, and formal pragmatics. His books include The Meaning of Topic and Focus: The 59th Street Bridge Accent (1997) and Binding Theory (2005).
Andrew Dolbey is currently finishing his doctoral studies in linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley. He is now also a Professional Research Assistant with Dr Lawrence Hunter at the Center for Computational Pharmacology at University of Colorado Denver and Health Sciences Center, and with Dr Martha Palmer at CU Boulder's Department of Linguistics. His main area of interest is computational semantics, especially as described and analysed in (p. xii) FrameNet, PropBank, and VerbNet lexical resources. His other interests include phonology—morphology interaction, especially as seen in Finnish and Saami.
Gorka Elordieta is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Basque Studies at the University of the Basque Country, in Spain. He has worked on several topics of the syntax—phonology interface, such as the formation of phonological constituency from syntactic structure, intonational phrasing, prosodic realization of focus, and tonal alignment in syntactic phrases. His work has appeared in journals such as the Journal of the International Phonetic Association, Studia Linguistica, and Language and Speech, and in edited volumes of major publishers such as Mouton de Gruyter, Springer, John Benjamins, and Oxford University Press.
David Embick received his Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997. After working for three years as a postdoctoral associate at MIT, he returned to the University of Pennsylvania as a faculty member. His research in theoretical linguistics is in the areas of syntax and morphology, and their interactions.
Mark Hale is Associate Professor of Linguistics at Concordia University in Montreal. He has published work on diachronic methodology, phonological acquisition, and on a variety of topics in Indo-European and Oceanic linguistics. He is particularly interested in the relationships between synchronic and diachronic linguistics, and between those two domains and the study of language acquisition.
James Higginbotham is Linda MacDonald Hilf Chair in Philosophy and Professor of Philosophy and Linguistics at the University of Southern California. His research includes both philosophical logic and philosophy of language, and theoretical linguistics, especially syntax and semantics. His most recent articles discuss the nature of linguistic competence, the problem of compositionality in language, and the role of first-person and demonstrative reference in thought and communication.
Marit Julien is a Lecturer in Scandinavian Languages at Lund University, Sweden. She received her Ph.D. in general linguistics at the University of Tromsø, Norway, in 2000. Her dissertation, entitled Syntactic Heads and Word Formation, was published by Oxford University Press in 2002. Other books by Marit Julien are Syntactic Word Formation in Northern Sámi (1996) and Nominal Phrases from a Scandinavian Perspective (2005).
Madelyn Kissock is Associate Professor of Linguistics at Oakland University. She has published work on syntactic agreement and reflexives in Telugu, the phonology—syntax interface, Telugu phonology, and phonological acquisition. Her current research focuses on evaluating empirical findings in acquisition against (p. xiii) theoretical models of phonology and syntax and on the learning path to language-specific phonetic properties.
Jonas Kuhn received his university education in Stuttgart and Edinburgh. He holds a doctorate from Stuttgart (2001) and worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University. In 2002 and 2003, he worked at the Linguistics Department of the University of Texas at Austin. He currently leads a research project in Saarbrucken (Germany). His principal interests include grammar formalisms, syntax and semantics, and computational linguistics. He has published many papers on theoretical and computational linguistics. His book, Optimality-Theoretic Syntax: A Declarative Approach, was published in 2003 (CSLI Publications).
Ad Neeleman is Professor of Linguistics at University College London. His main research interests are case theory, the syntactic encoding of thematic dependencies, and the interaction between the syntax and syntax-external systems. His published work includes Complex Predicates (1993), Flexible Syntax (1999, with Fred Weerman), and Beyond Morphology (2004, with Peter Ackema), as well as articles in such journals as Linguistic Inquiry, Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, and Yearbook of Morphology.
Rolf Noyer received his Ph.D. from MIT in 1992. After working at Princeton University as a postdoctoral researcher and at Brown University as a professor in the Linguistics department, he joined the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests are in the areas of phonology and morphology, and the interactions of morphology with other parts of the grammar.
C. Orhan Orgun finished his doctoral studies at the University of California at Berkeley in 1996. He has been a member of the Linguistics Faculty at the University of California at Davis since then. His main area of interest is phonology—morphology interaction and sign-based theories of morphology. His other interests include Optimality-Theoretic phonology, especially ineffability and phonological opacity, as well as descriptive studies in Turkish phonology, morphology, and syntax.
Christopher Potts received his doctorate from the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 2003. He has published papers on appositives, expressive content modifiers, and the models for Optimality Theory. He is currently Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he studies expressive content and the interaction between semantics and pragmatics. His book The Logic of Conventional Implicatures was published in 2005.
Gillian Ramchand was born in Scotland, and grew up in both Britain and the Caribbean. After receiving her Ph.D. in Linguistics from Stanford University, she worked as Lecturer in General Linguistics at Oxford University for ten years, and is (p. xiv) now Professor of Linguistics at Tromsø University, Norway. Gillian Ramchand is interested in issues at the syntax—semantics interface, especially in the areas of aspect and argument structure, and has worked on both the Bengali and Scottish Gaelic languages.
Charles Reiss is Associate Professor of Linguistics at Concordia University in Montreal. He is interested in phonology, language acquisition, cognitive science, and historical linguistics. His 1995 Harvard Ph.D. dissertation, A Theory of Assimilation, with special reference to Old Icelandic Phonology, combined insights from all these domains, and he continues to publish journal articles and book chapters in this interdisciplinary vein.
Sara Thomas Rosen received her Ph.D. in Linguistics from Brandeis University in 1989. She is currently Chair of the Linguistics Department at the University of Kansas. Her research focuses on the representation of arguments in the syntax, and the influence of the syntactic functional structure on the interpretation of events and discourse.
James M. Scobbie's Ph.D. (1991, University of Edinburgh) pursued theoretical research into declarative constraint-based phonology. His research now blends empirical and theoretical concerns, and ranges across sound-system phenomena in phonetics (including the development and use of a variety of articulatory techniques), variationism, child language acquisition, language pathology, and phonology. A Glaswegian, he lives in Edinburgh and has worked since 1993 at Queen Margaret University College in a research capacity.
Mark Steedman is Professor of Cognitive Science in the School of Informatics of University of Edinburgh and adjunct professor in Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania. He works in computational linguistics, artificial intelligence, and cognitive science on the generation of meaningful intonation for speech by artificial agents, animated conversation, semantics of tense and aspect, wide-coverage parsing, and combinatory categorial grammar. His books include Surface Structure and Interpretation (1996) and The Syntactic Process (2000).
Thomas Stewart is Assistant Professor of English and Linguistics at Truman State University (Missouri, USA). Research interests include morphology, both in synchronic theory and in diachronic change, as well as the role of morphology in language contact and facilitating or inhibiting lexical transfer. His dissertation focuses on initial mutation in Scottish Gaelic as a primarily, perhaps entirely, morphological phenomenon. Other recent work has examined Old Norse, Oneida, and Georgian.
Gregory Stump earned his Ph.D. in Linguistics at the Ohio State University in 1981. He is now Professor of English and Linguistics at the University of Kentucky. His (p. xv) areas of research specialization include morphological theory, syntax and semantics, the early Indic languages, and the Breton language. He is the author of Inflectional Morphology (2001) and of numerous research articles appearing in journals such as Language, Journal of Linguistics, Yearbook of Morphology, and Natural Language and Linguistic Theory.
Peter Svenonius is Professor and Senior Researcher at the Center for Advanced Study in Theoretical Linguistics (CASTL) at the University of Tromsø. He is also the director of the Nordic Center of Excellence in Microcomparative Syntax (NORMS) and the recipient of a Excellent Young Researcher (YFF) grant from the Norwegian Research Council for the project Moving Right Along, a cross-linguistic study of expressions of location and directed motion. His field is formal theoretical syntax.
Juan Uriagereka is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Maryland, College Park. His speciality is syntax, within the biolinguistics approach to the language faculty. Most of his technical work has been within the Minimalist Program, although he has also contributed to larger discussions involving linguistic architecture and its origins. Uriagereka has directed eighteen doctoral theses and the work of two postdoctoral researchers. He has published several books and articles in major venues, and was awarded the National Euskadi Prize for research in the Social Sciences and Humanities in 2001.
Edwin Williams has been Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University since 1990, prior to which he was from 1975 Professor of Linguistics at the University of Massachusetts. His research has been mainly on the syntax of natural languages. He was educated at Princeton and MIT, and originally comes from Chattanooga.
Henk Zeevat (Ph.D., University of Amsterdam, 1991) is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on, among other topics, computational semantics, Discourse Representation Theory, anaphora, presupposition, demonstratives, Optimality Theory, and historical meaning change.