Syntax

The PIs: Dr. Dennis Storoshenko, Dr. Elizabeth Ritter

Members:  Mahyar Nakhaei, Brittany McDonald, Kang Xu, Metehan Oguz

The faculty and students who are researching a wide range of topics in Syntax use quantifiable experimental methods to collect data, in order to perform theoretical syntactic research. The Syntax Lab facilities are equipped with Mac computers running PsychoPy and access to a shared lab with a 1000Hz-resolution EyeLink system and Experiment Builder.

Experimental Syntax Reading Group

While the lab up on the fifth floor of Craigie Hall remains dormant, we have been keeping busy between thesis defenses transitioning projects to online data collection, and starting up new ones. We currently have three different studies on English underway, and another one on Turkish in the works.
To bring people up to speed on what is going on, and to map out some plans of where to go, a regular reading group will start up, to talk about a combination of theoretical work underlying some of what we are up to, and experiments that we can use as inspiration for further work. The idea of this group will just be to get together, read papers, and discuss a) the analysis and b) how the analysis makes predictions for future studies and interacts with the data we are already collecting.

Publications

Journal Articles

2019

Ritter, E., & Wiltschko, M. (2019). Nominal speech act structure: Evidence from the structural deficiency of impersonal pronouns. Canadian Journal of Linguistics, 1-21. doi:10.1017/cnj.2019.10. 

2018

Ritter, E. (2018). Possible and impossible animacy shifts. Theoretical Linguistics44(1-2), 71-79. [This paper is an invited commentary on de Swart & de Hoop’s target article Shifting Animacy.]

2017

Kim, K., Ritter, E., Wiltschko, M., & Rullman, H. (2017). 2+2 = 3: Number contrasts in Blackfoot. Glossa 2(1). DOI:
http://doi.org/10.5334/gjgl.289

2016

Storoshenko, D. R. (2016). The Shona reflexive as covert anaphoraCanadian Journal of Linguistics/Revue canadienne de linguistique, 61(2), 156-189.

2015

Han, C. H., Storoshenko, D. R., Leung, B. H. M., & Kim, K. M. (2015). The time course of long-distance anaphor processing in KoreanKorean Linguistics17(1), 1-32. 

Wiltschko, M., & Ritter, E. (2015). Animating the narrow syntax. The Linguistic Review 32(4), 869-908.

2014

Ritter, E. (2015). Featuring animacyNordlyd41(1), 103-124.

Ritter, E., & Wiltschko, M. (2014). The composition of INFLNatural Language & Linguistic Theory32(4), 1331-1386.

2013

Storoshenko, D. R., & Han, C. H. (2013). Using synchronous tree adjoining grammar to model the typology of bound variable pronouns. Journal of Logic and Computation25(2), 371-403.

Conferences

2019

Storoshenko, D., & Abdollahnejad, E. (2019). Testing Mixed Influences on Reference Resolution in Persian. Poster Presented at the 2019 Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America: New York, NY, Jan 2019.

Abdollahnejad, E., & Storoshenko, D. (2019). On Object Position in Persian Ditransitives: Movement or Base Generation? Poster Presented at the 2019 Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America: New York, NY, Jan 2019.

Nakhaei, M. (2019, Jan). The Interplay of Memory and Sentence Structure on the Resolution of Persian Pronouns. Annual Meeting of Linguistic Society of America, New York: NY, Jan 2019. 

2018

Gerke, K. & Storoshenko, D. (2018). Picturing Syntax: Cross-Linguistic Variation in the Interpretation of Emoji Strings. Poster Presented at the 2018 Meeting of the Canadian Linguistic Association: Regina, SK, May 2018.

Nakhaei, M. (2018). Individual Differences in the Resolution of Persian Pronouns: The Case of Working Memory. Alberta
Conference on Linguistics, Calgary, AB (October, 2018).

Nakhaei, M. (2018). The L1 Effect on L2 Pronoun Resolution: The Case of Persian-speaking EFL Learners. Canadian Linguistics Association Annual Meeting, Regina, SK (May 2018).

Peng, H. 2018. The modality effect on interpretations of the Mandarin reflexive ziji. In Alberta Conference on Linguistics 2018.

Peng, H. 2018. Reflector as a special point-of-view-The Mandarin reflexive ziji. In Northwest Linguistics Conference 34.

Peng, H. 2018. A deviant tone in Taiyuan Mandarin – a case study of tone-intonation interaction. In the 8th Annual Undergrad Linguistic Colloquium of University of Calgary.

*You can view more of Dr. Storoshenko’s conference papers on his website.

2017

Nakhaei, M. (2017). The Resolution of English Pronouns by Persian-speaking EFL Learners. Alberta Conference on Linguistics, Edmonton, AB (October 2017).

Peng, H. 2017. A force-theoretic approach to the Mandarin ba-construction. In the 29th North American Conference of Chinese Linguistics.

Peng, H. 2017. A force-theoretic approach to Mandarin single-clause resultative constructions. In Proceedings of the 2017 CLA, ed. By Andrew Alexander Monti, Canadian Linguistic Association.

2016

Peng, H. 2016. Null subjects in children’s Chinese: A corpus study. In Alberta Conference on Linguistics 2016.

Book Chapters

2019

Ritter, E. (to appear). Sentience based Event structure: Evidence from Blackfoot. In Festschrift for Elizabeth Cowper, ed. by Bronwyn. Bjorkman and Daniel Currie Hall. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Bliss, H., Ritter, E., & Wiltschko, M. (to appear). Inverse systems and person hierarchy effects. The Routledge Handbook
of North American Languages, ed. by Daniel Siddiqi, Michael Barrie, Carrie Gillon, Jason Haugen and Eric Mathieu. New York: Taylor & Francis/Routledge.

2014

Ritter, E. (2014). Nominalizing inner-aspect: Evidence from Blackfoot. Cross linguistic investigations of nominalization patterns, 20-50.

2010

Ritter, E., & Rosen, S. T. (2010). Animacy in Blackfoot: Implications for event structure and clause structure. Syntax, lexical semantics and event structure, 124-152.