Stanley Dubinsky
dubinsky at sc dot edu

Professor of Linguistics
Linguistics Program and Department of English Language & Literature
Director of Jewish Studies
Ph.D., Cornell University, 1985
Linguistic theory, syntax, semantics.


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Link to LING 739 (Fall 2011)
History and Methodology of Linguistics
Link to LING 405C (Fall 2012)
Language Conflict & Language Rights
Link to LING 720 (Fall 2014)
Introduction to Syntax
Link to LING 505 (Spring 2010)
Mathematical Linguistics
Link to LING 300/ANTH 373/PSYC 470 (Fall 2009)
Introduction to Language Sciences
Link to ENGL 650 / LING 505 (Spring 2009)
Linguistic Approaches to Early Modern English: Analyzing Spenser
Link to LING 721 (Spring 2014)
Syntactic Theory
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Research area.

My primary research area is syntactic theory. That is, descriptions and explanations of syntactic structures in natural languages, coupled with attempts to derive from these an understanding of the universal properties of human language. Much of my research between 1985 and 1995 focused on the syntax of complex predicates in Japanese, including studies of causative, potential, and passive verbal inflections, as well as of light verb constructions. I have also investigated similar constructions in a few African languages, including causatives in Oromo, pseudopassives in Lingala (Bantu), and Chichewa (Bantu) passives and statives. My recent research involves numerous collaborative efforts and includes investigations into the relation between Case and aspect, infinitival relative clauses, extraction from NP, grammatical functions, raising and control structures, the use of adjectival and verbal -ed suffixation in 19th century poetry, the classroom applications of syntactic analyses of Japanese, and on-line processing of coordinate structures.

Teaching areas.

Syntactic theory, semantics, history of linguistic theory, and general linguistics.

Major publications.

Understanding Language through Humor. Cambridge: University of Cambridge Press. 300 pp. (with Chris Holcomb)
Understanding Language through Humor
Framing the syntax of control in Japanese (and English). In Movement Theory of Control, Norbert Hornstein and Maria Polinsky (eds.),183-210. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Press. (with Shoko Hamano)
Up to d[eb]ate on Raising and Control, Part 1: Properties and analyses of the constructions. Language and Linguistics Compass 4:390-400. (with Susannah Kirby and William Davies)
Up to d[eb]ate on Raising and Control, Part 2: The empirical range of the constructions and research on their acquisition. Language and Linguistics Compass 4:401-416. (with Susannah Kirby and William Davies)
The distribution of subjects and predicates in Bulgarian: An (EPP) V-Feature account. Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics 17:237-252. (with Mila Tasseva-Kurktchieva)
On the existence (and distribution) of sentential subjects. In Hypothesis A/hypothesis B: Linguistic explorations in honor of David M. Perlmutter, Donna B. Gerdts, John C. Moore, and Maria Polinsky (eds.),111-128. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. (with William Davies)
New Horizons in the Analysis of Control and Raising. Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 71. Dordrecht: Springer. 354 pp. (edited with William Davies)
New Horizons in the Analysis of Control and Raising     Review by Glyn Hicks in Journal of Linguistics 45.1
Review by Glyn Hicks in Journal of Linguistics 45.1
A window into the syntax of Control: Event opacity in Japanese and English. In Anastasia Conroy, Chunyuan Jing, Chizuru Nakao and Eri Takahashi (eds.), University of Maryland Working Papers in Linguistics (UMWPiL) 15.74-99. College Park MD: UMWPiL. (with Shoko Hamano).

Guest edited issue (9.2) of Syntax: A journal of theoretical, experimental and interdisciplinary research 9:111-223.
A special issue featuring articles based on a symposium at the 2005 LSA annual meeting, “New Horizons in the Grammar of Raising and Control”. (edited with William Davies)
Syntax 9.2
Control into Adverbial Predicate PPs. Japanese/Korean Linguistics 14.177-188. (with Shoko Hamano)
Encyclopedia entry on “Control and Raising” in Keith Brown (ed.-in-chief), Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics (2nd Edition), vol. 3, 131-138. Oxford: Elsevier Ltd (ISBN 0-08-044299-4). (with William Davies).
The grammar of Raising and Control: A course in syntactic argumentation. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers. 383 pp. (with William Davies)

The Grammar of Raising and Control
Enjoying the Grammar of Raising and Control
    Review by Ida Toivonen in Language 84.4
Review by Ida Toivonen in Language 84.4

Raising (and Control). State-of-the-Article. GLOT International. Volume 7, number 9/10. (with William Davies)

Case checking by AspP: The syntax and semantics of predicative postpositions. Japanese/Korean Linguistics 12:231-242. (with Shoko Hamano)
On extraction from NPs. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 21.1-37 . (with William Davies)
Objects and other subjects: Grammatical functions, functional categories, and configurationality . Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 52 . Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Press (now Springer). 305 pp. (edited with William Davies)
Objects and other subjects     Review by John Moore in Language 85.2
Review by John Moore in Language 85.2

Bypassing subjacency effects: How event structure amnesties extraction out of object NPs. Proceedings of the North East Linguistics Society (NELS 31). Amherst, MA: GSLA Publications, pp. 199-214. (with William Davies)

Functional projections of predicates: Experimental evidence from coordinate structure processing. Syntax 3.182-214. (with Marie Egan, René Schmauder, and Matthew Traxler)

A novel semantic rule for causee marking and its pedagogical applications. Journal of the Association of Teachers of Japanese 34:1-24. (with Junko Baba)

Teinei/keigo hyoogen: Toogozyoo no soonyuu ni okeru goyooteki kinoo (Polite/honorific expressions: The pragmatic function of syntactic embedding). In Gengogaku to nihongo kyooiku (Linguistics and Japanese language education), Yukiko Sasaki Alam (ed.), 113-128. Tokyo: Kurosio Shuppan. (with Junko Baba)
Epithets as antilogophoric pronouns. Linguistic Inquiry 29:685-693. (with Robert Hamilton)
Syntactic underspecification and light verb phenomena in Japanese. Linguistics 35.627-672.

Predicate union and the syntax of Japanese passives. Journal of Linguistics 33:1-37.

Passive and stative in Chichewa: Evidence for modular distinctions in grammar. Language 72.749-781. (with S. Ron Simango)
Syntactic underspecification: A minimalist approach to light verbs. Formal Approaches to Japanese Linguistics 1, M. Koizumi & H. Ura (eds), MIT Working Papers in Linguistics 24. Cambridge, MA.

Recategorization of prepositions as complementizers. Linguistic Inquiry 26:125-137. (with Kemp Williams)

Predicate union and the syntax of Japanese causatives. Journal of Linguistics 30.43-79.

A challenge to Burzio's generalization: Impersonal transitives in western Bantu. Linguistics 32:47-64. (with Mazemba Nzwanga)

Case assignment to VP-adjoined positions: Nominative objects in Japanese. Linguistics 30:873-910.
On representing and constraining lexical government of syntactic structures. Linguistics 29:1011-1051. (with William Davies)
Japanese object to indirect object demotion. In Studies in relational grammar 3, Paul Postal & Brian Joseph (eds.), 49-86. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Lexical and syntactic causatives in Oromo. Language 64:485-500. (with Maria-Rosa Lloret & Paul Newman)

Presentations (from March 2006).

“Japanese First”: Language rights and the linguistic status of ethnic minorities in Japan. Southern Japan Seminar. Institute for Asian Studies. Florida International University, Miami. March 2011. (with William Davies)
A focused look at scattered deletion in Slavic. Poster presentation at the LSA Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh. January 2011. (with Mila Tasseva-Kurktchieva)
Grammar and lexicon in 20 individuals post cerebral hemispherectomy: From equipotentiality to irreversible lateralization. Poster presentation at the First International Workshop on Hemispherectomy. University Medical Center, Utrecht, The Netherlands. October 2010. (with Stella de Bode, Lieselotte Smets, & Gary W. Mathern)
The morphosyntax of the American English perfect. Poster presentation at the LSA Annual Meeting, Baltimore. January 2010. (with Minta Elsman).
Single and Double Modal Syntax: A Unified Account. Berkeley Linguistics Society, University of California, Berkeley. February 2009 (with Minta Elsman).
The syntax of double modal constructions in non-standard English. LSA Annual Meeting, San Francisco. January 2009(with Minta Elsman).
V-initial tendencies of Bulgarian: An (EPP) V-feature Account. Poster presentation at the 17th Annual Workshop on Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics (FASL 17), Yale University. May 2008 (with Mila Tasseva-Kurktchieva).
Double modal syntactic patterns as single modal interactions. Penn Linguistics Colloquium, University of Pennsylvania. February 2008 (with Minta Elsman).
The role of strong (EPP) V-features in determining Bulgarian word-order. LSA Annual Meeting, Chicago. January 2008 (with Mila Tasseva-Kurktchieva).
Business Japanese: Mediating the modalities of language use and the locus of instruction. Southern Japan Seminar. Institute for Asian Studies. Florida International University. Invited discussant presentation for panel on Teaching Business Japanese in the Southern U.S.. Miami Beach. April 2007.
Mediating the syntax and semantics of Control. UNC Department of Linguistics 2007 Spring Colloquium, Invited Speaker. Chapel Hill. March 2007.
On the syntax of exhaustive Control and the calculus of events. LSA Annual Meeting, Anaheim, CA. January 2007.
On the forms and functions of Control (and Raising). Seoul International Conference on Linguistics (SICOL), invited syntax workshop lecture. The Linguistic Society of Korea. Seoul. July 2006.
On the distribution of parasitic gaps in appositive clauses and restrictive modifiers. Korean Generative Grammar Circle, invited lecture. Dongguk University, Seoul. July 2006.
Observations on Case and Control in Japanese and English. Seoul National University, invited lecture. July 2006.
Sentential (and other non-nominal) subjects. 2006 SMOG International Conference on Linguistics, invited forum lecture. The Society of Modern Grammar, Daegu Catholic University, Korea. July 2006.
Parasitic gaps in restrictive and appositive clauses. Israeli Association of Theoretical Linguistics, Jerusalem. July 2006.
Some Japanese adverbial phrases: A grammatical puzzle. Southern Japan Seminar, Coral Gables FL. March 2006. (with Shoko Hamano).
Case and Control in Japanese (and English). University of Kentucky, Department of English, invited lecture. March 2006.

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