Research Team

Jim Wood

Member from:: 2012

Jim Wood is an assistant professor. His research interests are in syntactic theory, Icelandic morphosyntax, syntax-semantics interface, syntax-morphology interface, and dialect syntax. He has worked on the New England so don’t I construction and verbal rather, among other topics he has pursued or is currently pursuing in English dialect syntax. He has also worked on syntactic variation in Icelandic, including variation in subject-verb agreement, figure reflexive constructions, and dative-nominative constructions.

Raffaella Zanuttini (Founding Member)

Member from:: 2010

Raffaella Zanuttini began working in micro-comparative syntax by studying minimal variations in the expression of sentential negation within the Romance language family, including many non-standard varieties spoken in Northern Italy (see Negation and Clausal Structure: A Comparative Study of Romance Languages, Oxford University Press). In this project, she extends the study of micro-syntactic differences to varieties of English spoken in North America. Along with Larry Horn, she co-edited the volume Micro-Syntactic Variation in North American English, published in 2014 by Oxford University Press.

Laurence Horn

Member from:: 2011

Larry Horn is a longtime member of the American Dialect Society, to whose e-mail list he is a frequent contributor. He has written on personal datives, positive anymore, lexicography, and the role of semantics and pragmatics in the grammar of negation and polarity. His publications include A Natural History of Negation (Chicago, 1989), The Handbook of Pragmatics (Blackwell, 2004), and The Expression of Negation (De Gruyter, 2010). Along with Raffaella Zanuttini, he co-edited the volume Micro-Syntactic Variation in North American English, published in 2014 by Oxford University Press.

Matthew Barros

Member from:: 2015

Matthew Barros is a syntax postdoc. His research interests are in syntax and its interfaces with semantics and pragmatics. He is interested in syntactic variation in ellipsis constructions and copular clauses.

Jason Zentz

Member from:: 2016

Jason Zentz received his PhD from Yale in May 2016, having studied the morphosyntax of wh-questions, clefts, relative clauses, and adverbial clauses in Bantu languages during grad school. He is now a postdoc working on the NSF grant “The Microsyntax of Pronouns in North American English.”

Luke Lindemann

Member from:: 2013

Luke Lindemann is a graduate student. He is from Austin, Texas and has worked on Texas German dialects for the University of Texas. He is currently looking at the semantics of split ergativity in Nepali. As a member of the YGDP, he is particularly engaged with the ongoing investigation into the Southern Presentative Dative (‘Here’s you a piece of pizza’) constructions.

Sabina Matyiku (Founding Member)

Member from:: 2010 to 2017

Sabina Matyiku graduated from Yale with a PhD in linguistics in 2017, having previously received an MA in Linguistics in 2011 and an MPhil in Linguistics in 2013, both also from Yale. Her grammatical diversity research focused on negative inversion in varieties of North American English, particularly in West Texas English.

Matthew Tyler

Member from:: 2013

Matt Tyler is a graduate student. His research is mainly in syntax, and he is interested in formal approaches to syntactic variation. This includes variation across dialects of US English, and variation within individual speakers. Constructions he has worked on recently are "have yet to", as in "John has yet to visit his grandmother", and "do got", as in "do you got any money?"

Aidan Kaplan

Member from:: 2014 to 2017

Aidan Kaplan graduated from Yale in 2017 with a B.A. in Linguistics. During his undergraduate career, he was an active member of the Yale Undergraduate Linguistics Society (YULS), and he helped organize the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO) contest site at Yale.

Richard (Tom) McCoy

Member from:: 2015 to 2017

Tom McCoy graduated from Yale in 2017 with a B.A. in Linguistics. During his undergraduate career, he spent several summers developing computational tools for low-resource languages, and he served as an organizer and problem writer for the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO).

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