Here is my Master's thesis. Written at the University of Georgia under the guidance of Vera Lee-Schoenfeld.
All of these papers I consider "unfinished" and are really about piquing interest, so feedback is welcome.
- Scope Markings and Serial Phrase Parsing
- Here I point out the formal parallel between Harmonic Serial phrase prosodification and the distribution of scope marking. I argue that scope marking is a kind of prosodic repair to rectify an imperfect local maximum acheived in a stocastic and serial derivation. Wh- words want to be prosodically unified with the position they take scope in, but if this is not possible due to independent reasons, scope marking appears as a repair.
- Syntax is just a phonological construct!
- A brief squib which is the inklings of a constraint-based syntax-less approach to word order. Word order falls out from prosodic constraints, without the need for syntax itself.
- Scope without syntax: A Game Theoretic approach
- Here I propose that scope availability is a result of pragmatic implicatures, not any formal syntactic operation. I suggest scope, and other perplexing aspects of language aren't actually part of the "language faculty," but fall the world knowledge and assumptions of speakers. (A preliminary presentation of this)
- Some countercyclic problems at the nexus of phonology and syntax
- Here I overview the many syntactic alternations of languages which are manifestly tied into phonological constraints, and note the problems that consensus Generative Grammar has with dealing with them.
- Accomodating phonological structure: Extraposition, the EPP and trace effects
- Similarly to above, I overview phonological control of syntactic structure and here attempt to motivate it. Less complete.
- Presentation at the end of one of Tom Bever's seminars on consciousness and language
- Presentation at the 2015 LCUGA
- I write my qualifying paper.
- Proto Indo-European Reading Group (Now defunct.)