Summary of Current Research
- Mürvet Enç
- Yafei Li - Professor Li's specialty
is in syntax and the syntax-morphology interface. His recent publications
have investigated the syntactic and morphological representations of
causativity and the possibility of formulating a unified theory of various
morpho-syntactic phenomena such as causativization, noun incorporation,
applicatives, and word-order typology. He is currently working on the
nature of lexical categorization in dialects of Chinese where there
are words that simultaneously exhibit the behaviors of nouns and postpositions.
He is also collaborating with two other faculty members to study the
neurological reality of universal linguistic principles such as relativized
- Vivian Lin
- Monica Macaulay - Professor
Macaulay's main area of interest is the morphology of American Indian
languages. She has worked on Mixtec (Otomanguean) and Karuk (Hokan),
and currently works on Menominee (Algonquian). Topics she has looked
at include obviation, reduplication, and inverse marking. She is also
interested in language and gender, and has done research on gender bias
and stereotyping in example sentences in syntax textbooks.
- Marlys Macken
- Thomas Purnell - Professor
Purnell's main area of interest is metrical theory and the interaction
of phonological tone and stress, particularly in languages with tone
displacement or tone spread. His research and teaching examines the
interface between phonetics and phonology, and the cognition of non-phonological
phonetic gestures (dialect differences, e.g.). Also, he is interested
in the intersection of racially-affiliated social groups and sound systems
of language, particularly the judgments people make about a speaker's
perceived racial affiliation in the absence of visual cues.
- Rand Valentine - Professor
Valentine is currently working on a dictionary project with Mary Ann
Corbiere of the University of Sudbury (Sudbury, Ontario), based on Richard
Rhodes' outstanding dictionary of eastern varieties of Ojibwe (Rhodes,
Richard. 1993. Eastern Ojibwa-Chippewa-Ottawa Dictionary.
New York: Mouton de Gruyter). He is also involved with various Algonquian
language-documentation projects, especially computational aspects of
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