Recursion arises when a definition or function can reapply to its own output. The concept seems central to human languages. I have been interested in the way recursion is handled in Tree Adjoining Grammars, especially in its unique approach to raising to subject constructions. In this paper I offer a Tree Adjoining analysis of raising to subject in Breton.LTAG & Raising to Subject in Breton
Tough movement structures have had an important role in motivating theoretical changes in syntactic theory. In this paper I offer an analysis of the varying prepositional complements that co-occur with tough movement adjectives and suggest that the differences in their syntactic behavior can be understood as a consequence of how quickly syntactic representations are encapsulated and sent for phonological interpretation (phase theory). tough movement & phases
The interaction of tough movement structures with negation is complex and difficult to understand at first glance. In this paper I offer a possible solution to that puzzle. tough movement & negation
This project aims to provide a semantic analysis of a predicate in Samoan that has traditionally been termed an 'expletive' predicate. It is employed to express existence and possession. Viewing this syntactic predicate as a generalized quantifier has several advantages in how the expletive combines with temporal expression and information questions''.
This project is just in its beginning stages. It focuses on changing trends in naming practices and what implications they have for social theory. I am interested in whether social activities in this domain always have social meaning and whether there are conceptual problems in modeling practices that might recur in other social domains such as economics.
Metaphors and negation are both subjects of considerable importance and the source of confusion. This speculative project tries to use their interaction to throw some light on the nature of these subjects typically treated in isolation.
My current work centers on how syntax interacts with semantic interpretation and ultimately other cognitive resources like memory. I am interested in whether major differences between languages are deep ones in mental make up or illusions. I would like to expand the scope of my work to include soical illusions of various sorts.
Von Ehre ohne Ruhm,
Von Grösse ohne Glanz
Von Würde ohne Sold
--W. Benjamin, Deutsche Menschen
(Of Honor without Fame, Of Greatness without Splendor, Of Dignity without Pay. Translation by Hanah Arendt, Men in Dark Times. )