I am a specialist in theoretical syntax, which means that I study how words are joined together to form sentences in particular languages, with an eye towards creating a model of how this works in human language in general. I have worked especially on Spanish, English and Chinese, dealing with issues such as the syntactic representation of argument structure, the interplay between wh-movement and the subject position, and the formal representation of phrase structure. My current work focuses on wh-dependencies and what they can tell us about the nature of grammar and the role of working memory in syntactic phenomena. I do this work in the Experimental Syntax Lab at UCSD, which I direct.
I also work on using findings from linguistics,
psychology and cognitive science to improve second
language teaching and learning. This involves the creation of
materials to produce a more effective environment for language
acquisition in classroom settings. The main result of this project so
far has been Conectate: Introductory Spanish with co-author
■ "The D-linking effect
on extraction from islands and non-islands." Frontiers in
Psychology: Language Sciences. 5:1493. 2015. Link
the nature of island constraints."
With Dan Michel. In Proceedings
of GLOW in Asia IX 2012: The Main Session, edited by Nobu Goto,
Koichi Otaki, Atsushi Sato & Kensuke Takita. Pp.
187-197. 2013. Link
■ "Is Magnitude Estimation Worth the Trouble?" With Shin Fukuda, Dan Michel, and Henry Beecher. In Proceedings of the 29th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics, edited by Jaehoon Choi, E. Alan Hogue, Jeffrey Punske, Deniz Tat, Jessamyn Schertz, and Alex Trueman. Cascadilla Proceedings Project. Pp. 328-336.. 2012. Link
■ "Age-related Effects on Constraints on Wh-movement." With Boyoung Kim. In Proceedings of the 11th Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition Conference (GASLA 2011), edited by Julia Herschensohn and Darren Tanner. Cascadilla Proceedings Project. Pp. 54-62. 2011. PDF
"Input from Spanish textbooks: Two case studies of
poverty/richness of the stimulus." Selected Proceedings of the 12th Hispanic
Linguistics Symposium, Claudia Borgonovo, Manuel
Espanol-Echevarria, Philippe Prevost (eds.). Cascadilla Proceedings
Project, Somerville MA. Pp. 260-269. 2010. PDF
"Experimenting with wh-movement in
Spanish." Romance Linguistics 2008: Interactions in
Romance, Karlos Arregi, Zsuzsanna Fagyal, Silvina A. Montrul and
Annie Tremblay (eds.). John Benjamins, Amsterdam. Pp. 233-248.
"The limits of syntax in inversion." Proceedings of the 41st
Annual Meeting of the
in wh-questions in child Romance and child English." Selected Proceedings of the 36th
Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages, Maria Jose Cabrera,
Jose Camacho, Viviane Deprez, Nydia Flores and Liliana Sanchez (eds.).
■ "Contraction." The Blackwell Companion to Syntax, Martin
Everaert and Henk van Riemsdijk (eds.). Blackwell, Oxford.
Vol. 1, pp. 688-704. 2005. PDF
the Syntax and Processing of Wh-questions in Spanish." Proceedings
of the 23rd West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics,
Benjamin Schmeiser, Vineeta Chand, Ann Kelleher and Angelo Rodriguez
EPP in Spanish." Objects and Other Subjects,
William Davies and
"Theta-alignment and the by-phrase."
Chicago Linguistic Society 33, vol.
I: The Main Session, Chicago Linguistic Society. Pp. 129-139.
the status of
■ "Wanna-contraction as restructuring." Interdisciplinary Approaches to Language: Essays in Honor of S.-Y. Kuroda, Carol Georgopoulos and Roberta Ishihara (eds.), Kluwer Academic Publishers, pp. 239-254. 1991. PDF
in Syntax: Coordination, Causatives and Restructuring.
■ New evidence on D-linking. (presented at CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing 2013). Poster
■ (Adjunct) islands and the finiteness effect. With Dan Michel (presented at CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing 2012). Slides
■ Do resumptive pronouns ever rescue illicit gaps in English? With Bethany Keffala (presented at CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing 2011). Poster
■ What is experimental syntax good for? Keynote address at UTASCILT 18. Slides
■ Subject-Verb Inversion and Verb Finiteness are Independent in Spanish. With John Grinstead and Mariana Vega-Mendoza (presented at Hispanic Linguistics Symposium 2010 and Boston University Conference on Language Development 2010). Poster Slides
■ Comparing three methods for sentence judgment experiments. With Shin Fukuda, Dan Michel, and Henry Beecher. Annual Meeting of Linguistic Society of America, Baltimore (January 2010). PDF
in Spanish (Presented at LSRL 38, University of
Illinois, April 2008) PDF