(p. viii) The Contributors
(p. viii) The Contributors
David Adger is Professor of Linguistics at Queen Mary University London. He is author of Core Syntax (OUP, 2003), and co-author of Mirrors and Microparameters (CUP, 2009), and co-editor of the journal Syntax and the book series Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics. His publications on syntax and its interfaces with other components of the grammar include articles in Language, Linguistic Inquiry, and Natural Language and Linguistic Theory.
Cedric Boeckx is Research Professor at the Catalan Institute for Advanced Studies (ICREA), and a member of the Center for Theoretical Linguistics at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He is the author of Islands and Chains (John Benjamins, 2003), Linguistic Minimalism (OUP, 2006), Understanding Minimalist Syntax (Wiley-Blackwell, 2007), and Bare Syntax (OUP, 2008); the founding co-editor, with Kleanthes K. Grohmann, of the open-access journal Biolinguistics; and the editor of OUP's new Studies in Biolinguistics series.
Željko Bošković is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Connecticut. His main research interests are syntactic theory, comparative syntax, and Slavic linguistics. He is the author of On the Nature of the Syntax-Phonology Interface: Cliticization and Related Phenomena (Elsevier, 2001) and The Syntax of Nonfinite Complementation: An Economy Approach (MIT Press, 1997).
Robert A. Chametzky teaches in the linguistics department at the University of Iowa. He is the author of Phrase Structure: From GB to Minimalism (Wiley-Blackwell, 2000).
Barbara Citko received her Ph.D. in 2000 from Stony Brook University. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the University of Washington in Seattle. Her research includes work on phrase structure, coordination, relative clauses, wh-questions, and Slavic languages. She has published several papers in Linguistic Inquiry, Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, Syntax, and Journal of Slavic Linguistics. She is currently working on a monograph on symmetry in syntax.
Alex Drummond is a student at the University of Maryland. He works primarily on binding theory and the theory of movement.
Samuel David Epstein is Professor of Linguistics and Associate Chair of the Department of Linguistics, University of Michigan. He is the author of the collection (p. ix) Essays in Syntactic Theory (Routledge, 2000) and Traces and their Antecedents (OUP, 1991), and is co-author of A Derivational Approach to Syntactic Relations (OUP, 1998) and Derivations in Minimalism (CUP, 2006). He co-edited Working Minimalism (MIT Press, 1999) and Derivation and Explanation in the Minimalist Program (Blackwell, 2002). In 1998 he co-founded Syntax: A Journal of Theoretical, Experimental and Interdisciplinary Research (Blackwell). His continuing research concerns the formulation of fundamental operations of, and the nature of derivations within, minimized conceptions of the architecture of Universal Grammar.
Robert Freidin is Professor of Linguistics in the Council of the Humanities at Princeton University. Starting with his 1971 Ph.D. dissertation, he has been concerned with the foundations of syntactic theory and with the central concepts of syntactic analysis and their evolution, pursuing the minimalist quest for an optimally simple theory of syntax. His work focuses on the syntactic cycle, case and binding, and the English verbal morphology system, and utilizes the history of syntactic theory as a tool for explicating and evaluating current theoretical proposals. A collection of the full range of this work is published in Generative Grammar: Theory and its History (Routledge, 2007). He is also the author of Foundations of Generative Syntax (MIT Press, 1992) and Syntactic Analysis: A Minimalist Approach to Basic Concepts (CUP, in press). He is the editor of Principles and Parameters in Comparative Grammar (MIT Press, 1991), and Current Issues in Comparative Grammar (Kluwer, 1996), and co-editor with Howard Lasnik of the six-volume collection Syntax: Critical Concepts in Linguistics (Routledge, 2006), and with Carlos P. Otero and Maria Luisa Zubizarreta of Foundational Issues in Linguistic Theory: Essays in Honor of Jean-Roger Vergnaud (MIT Press, 2008).
Naoki Fukui is Professor of Linguistics at Sophia University, Tokyo. He is the author of several books and has been an editorial board member of various international journals. His research interests include syntax, biolinguistics, the relation between number theory and generative grammar, and philosophy of linguistics.
Ángel J. Gallego is a Lector at the Departament de Filologia Espanyola of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, where he defended his doctoral dissertation, ‘Phase Theory and Parametric Variation’. He is a member of the Centre de Lingüística Teòrica, a center of research on theoretical linguistics founded in the early 1980s. His main interests and publications concern the areas of syntax, comparative grammar, and parametric variation (especially within Romance languages).
Kleanthes K. Grohmann is Associate Professor at the University of Cyprus. He has published a monograph (Prolific Domains, 2003) a textbook (Understanding Minimalism, 2005, with Norbert Hornstein and Jairo Nunes), and several collected volumes on interface syntax and theory. He has published his research widely in numerous journal articles, book chapters, and other contributions. He is co-editor (p. x) of the open-access journal Biolinguistics (with Cedric Boeckx) and of the John Benjamins book series Language Faculty and Beyond (with Pierre Pica).
Heidi Harley is Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Arizona. Her research focuses primarily on argument structure and morphology, and she has published research in Linguistic Inquiry, Language, Lingua, and Studia Linguistica. She has worked on English, Japanese, Irish, Icelandic, Italian, and Hiaki (Yaqui).
Wolfram Hinzen obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Bern (Switzerland) in 1996. After postdoctoral years in Stuttgart and New York, he became an Assistant Professor at the University of Regensburg in 1999 and switched to the Universiteit van Amsterdam in 2003. Since 2006 he has held a chair in philosophy of language at the University of Durham. His research is on the foundations of language and the origins of a systematic form of semantics. He is the author of Mind Design and Minimal Syntax (2006) and An Essay on Names and Truth (2007), both published by Oxford University Press.
Norbert Hornstein teaches Linguistics at the University of Maryland.
Hisatsugu Kitahara is Professor at the Institute of Cultural and Linguistic Studies at Keio University. His research area is minimalist syntax, specifically a derivational approach to phrase structure. He is also interested in foundational issues concerning the field of generative grammar. He is the author of Elementary Operations and Optimal Derivations (MIT Press, 1997).
Dave Kush is a student at the University of Maryland. His research interests lie at the intersection of comparative syntax, semantics, and psycholinguistics.
Howard Lasnik is Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Maryland. He is one of the world's leading theoretical linguists and has produced influential and important work in areas such as syntactic theory, logical form, and learnability. His publications include Essays on Anaphora (1989), Minimalist Syntax (Blackwell 1999), and Minimalist Investigations in Linguistic Theory (2003).
Víctor M. Longa is Associate Professor at the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain). His research interests concern the evolutionary origins of language, following theoretical models like complexity theory and developmental systems theory. He also focuses on the application of Chomsky's minimalism as a theory of language evolution. He has published on these matters in Biolinguistics, Linguistics, Lingua, and Folia Linguistica. He is co-author of Homo Loquens. Biología y evolutión del lenguaje (Lugo, Tris Tram, 2003).
Guillermo Lorenzo is Associate Professor at the University of Oviedo. His research is devoted to extending evolutionary developmental biology to cognition and language, as well as to exploring Chomsky's minimalism as an evolutionary theory. (p. xi) He has published on these matters in Biological Theory, Biolinguistics, Linguistics, and Lingua. He is the author of El vacío sexual, la tautología natural y la promesa minimalista. Ensayos de biolingüística (Madrid, A. Machado, 2oo6)and co-author of Homo Loquens. Biología y evolutión del lenguaje (Lugo, Tris Tram, 2003).
Shigeru Miyagawa is Professor of Linguistics and Kochi-Manjiro Professor of Japanese Language and Culture at MIT. His publications include Why Agree? Why Move? Unifying Agreement-Based and Discourse Configurational Languages (MIT Press, 2010) and Structure and Case Marking in Japanese (Academic Press, 1989).
Jairo Nunes is Professor of Linguistics at the Universidade de São Paulo. He is the author of Linearization of Chains and Sideward Movement (MIT Press, 2004), co-author of Understanding Minimalism (CUP, 2005) and (with C. Boeckx and N. Hornstein) Control as Movement (CUP, 2010), and co-editor of The Copy Theory of Movement (Benjamins, 2007) and Minimalist Essays on Brazilian Portuguese Syntax (Benjamins, 2009). He is also co-editor of Probus: International Journal of Latin and Romance Linguistics (Mouton de Gruyter).
David Pesetsky is Ferrari P. Ward Professor of Linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has worked on a number of topics in syntactic theory, including the relation between argument structure and syntax, as well as the cross-linguistic typology of wh-constructions. In an ongoing collaboration with Esther Torrego, he has helped develop a new proposal concerning the nature of case, and has recently also investigated case morphology in Russian. He is the author of two books, Zero Syntax (MIT Press, 1995) and Phrasal Movement and its Kin (MIT Press, 2000), and is currently engaged in a collaborative investigation (with Jonah Katz) of the syntax of tonal music.
Paul M. Pietroski is Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Linguistics at the University of Maryland. He is the author of Causing Actions (OUP, 2000) and Events and Semantic Architecture (OUP, 2005), along with many papers in semantics, related areas of philosophy, and (in collaboration with colleagues) psycholinguistic studies of semantic competence and acquisition.
Gillian Ramchand's research concerns the relationship between syntactic and semantics representations of natural language. She has worked in areas of tense, aspect, predication, and argument structure on languages as diverse as Bengali, Scottish Gaelic, and English. She has published articles in Natural Language Semantics, Linguistic Inquiry, and Lingua as well as a number of edited volumes. She is the author of two books Aspect and Predication (OUP, 1997) and Verb Meaning and the Lexicon (CUP, 2008), where she argues for a syntactic implementation of an event structural view of verbal meaning and participant relations. She is currently Professor of Linguistics at the University of Tromso, Norway and Senior Researcher at the Center for Advanced Study in Theoretical Linguistics (CASTL) there. Before moving to Norway in 2003, she was lecturer in General Linguistics at (p. xii) the University of Oxford. She holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Stanford University, and Bachelor's degrees in Mathematics and Philosophy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Eric Reuland (Ph.D. Groningen University, 1979), is currently Faculty Professor of Language and Cognition at Utrecht University, and carries out his research in the Utrecht institute of Linguistics OTS. His research focuses on the relation between the syntactic system of human language and the interpretive and processing systems, with a special focus on the domain of anaphora. He recently became intrigued by the origin of language. His publications include ‘Reflexivity’, Linguistic Inquiry (with Tanya Reinhart), ‘Primitives of Binding’, Linguistic Inquiry, and ‘Language, Symbolization and Beyond’, in Rudy Botha and Chris Knight, (eds.), The Prehistory of Language (OUP, 2009). His most recent work, Anaphora and Language Design, is soon to be published by MIT Press.
Norvin Richards is Professor of Linguistics at MIT. His interests include the nature of syntactic movement (particularly wh-movement), properties of the syntactic derivation, and the interface between syntax and phonology. He also works on less-studied and endangered languages, including Tagalog (Austronesian), Lardil (Tangkic), Wampanoag, and Maliseet (both Algonquian).
Luigi Rizzi is Full Professor of General Linguistics at the University of Siena. He studied at the Scuola Normale Superiore at the University of Pisa and at the University of Paris VIII. He has been on the faculty of departments of linguistics in different universities in Europe and in the US, has been associate professor at MIT and full professor at the University of Geneva. He is an honorary member of the Linguistic Society of America, and Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy. He is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics (LOT). He is co-director of Rivista di grammatica generativa. He has been European editor of Linguistic Inquiry for over a decade. He is a member of the scientific committee of several journals, including Language Acquisition, Linguistic Inquiry, Probus, Revista Argentina de Linguistica, Rivista di Linguistica, Sistemi intelligenti, Studia Linguistica; he is a Behavioral and Brain Sciences associate. His research fields are theoretical linguistics and the study of language acquisition; he has contributed in particular to the development of the parametric approach to comparative syntax, to the theory of locality, and to the study of syntactic representations. His publications include the books Issues in Italian Syntax (Foris, 1982), Relativized Minimality (MIT Press, 1990), and Comparative Syntax and Language Acquisition (Routledge, 2000).
Ian Roberts is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Cambridge and a Professorial Fellow at Downing College. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and a Member of the Academia Europaea. His main research interest is in comparative (p. xiii) and diachronic syntax in the context of Chomsky's minimalist program for linguistic theory.
Thomas Roeper is a Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He works primarily in theoretical approaches to language acquisition and morphology. His current work is on the acquisition of wh-movement with Jill de Villiers of Smith College. In morphology, he has focused on implicit arguments, productive morphology, and lexical rules. He is the author of The Prism of Grammar: How Child Language Illuminates Humanism (MIT Press, 2007).
Bridget Samuels is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Maryland, College Park. She received her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2009. Her research interests include phonological theory, the syntax-phonology interface, and the evolution of language.
T. Daniel Seely is Professor of Linguistics and Chair of the Linguistics Program at Eastern Michigan University. His work in syntax has appeared in Linguistic Inquiry and Syntax. He is co-editor of Derivation and Explanation in the Minimalist Program (Blackwell, 2002) and co-author of Derivations in Minimalism (CUP, 2006).
Edward P. Stabler is Professor of Linguistics at the University of California, Los Angeles, specializing in computational models of language analysis and language learning.
Peter Svenonius has a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of California at Santa Cruz and is a Professor and Senior Researcher at the Center for Advanced Study in Theoretical Linguistics at the University of Tromsø. He has written on a wide range of topics in syntax and its interfaces with semantics and with morphology, including analyses of expressions of location and motion in a range of languages. One major strand of his research deals with the languages and dialects of the Nordic countries.
Esther Torrego is a Professor in the Hispanic Studies Department and Director of the Undergraduate Linguistics Program at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She has worked on a variety of topics in theoretical syntax and the syntax-semantics interface in the Romance languages, especially in Spanish, both solo and in collaboration. Her collaborative work with David Pesetsky concentrates on the nature of case theory. Her current work and theoretical interests has expanded to include syntactic analyses of ergative languages.
Juan Uriagereka is Professor at the University of Maryland. His interests range from comparative grammar to the neurobiological bases of language. He has (co)directed twenty Ph.D. theses, (co)authored/edited eight books, written several papers and chapters, and given many talks including a dozen keynotes. He has received awards on research, advising, and teaching. An active participant in many international (p. xiv) groups, he has obtained a dozen research grants. His next book is Spellout and the Minimalist Program (OUP).
Charles Yang received his Ph.D. in computer science at MIT, and is now on the faculty of linguistics and computer science at the University of Pennsylvania. His main research interests include language acquisition, variation, and change, with special focus on computational models and quantitative methods.
Jan-Wouter Zwart is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Groningen. His 1993 dissertation, ‘Dutch Syntax: A Minimalist Approach’ was the first book-length implementation of the minimalist program. His current research explores ways in which theoretical syntax and syntactic typology may be fruitfully combined.