Matt Adams' research centers on the relationship between word- and phrase-level phonology in English and German. Currently, he is examining English comparative and superlative adjective variation from the perspective of morphosyntactic blocking. He is interested in making explicit the predictions of globalist and localist morphosyntactic architectures, and in understanding the extent to which they accord with empirical and psycholinguistic work by drawing on a variety of methodologies (crowd-sourcing, spoken/written corpora, and laboratory experiments).
's research centers on formal phonology. He is particularly interested in the role of phonological well-formedness in word formation, as well as in (possibly bi-directional) interactions between syntax and prosody. Ryan has conducted detailed work on Irish and English, along with more cursory explorations of several non-Indo-European languages.
investigates syntax-phonology interface issues at the sub-word level, primarily in Russian and in the domain of derivational morphology. She is interested in the role of prosodic structuring in the mapping from syntax to phonology, and in understanding how to best define the notion of locality in grammatically and phonologically conditioned allomorphy.
is interested in the interactions among syntax, morphology and phonology with an empirical focus on affixation and cliticization. He is especially interested in phenomena that don't neatly fall within the domains of these traditional notions. Boris's work focuses on the South Slavic languages and the languages of the Balkans. He has most recently looked at definiteness marking and nominal clitics in Bulgarian.
is interested in putative cases of prosodic subcategorization and how prosodic subcategorization is reckoned at the interface. He is also interested in suppletive allomorphy triggered at levels of prosodic structure above the prosodic word. Mayan languages are his primary empirical focus, especially those of the Quichean branch. He has recently completed a manuscript on morphological alternations at intonational phrase boundaries in K'ichee'.
' work focuses on Germanic and Finnic languages, especially Icelandic and Estonian. He investigates agreement, especially in the nominal domain; for example, he has recently been analyzing the Icelandic system of concord. For this reason, he is interested in allomorphy in all its forms: morphosyntactic, morphophonological, and especially allomorphy that seems to fit in both groups (e.g., consonant gradation in Finnic languages).
's work focuses on properties of the syllable: rhythm, weight, and tone. At the phonology-syntax interface, Stephanie investigates the relationship between syntactic choice and syllable-level and sub-syllabic phonology, primarily through detailed corpus work and quantitative modeling. She also studies the nature of constituent weight, which involves the correlations and differences between phonological, morphological, and syntactic structure.
's research involves Afroasiatic languages, especially Arabic, Berber, and Hebrew. In this project, Matt plans to explore templatic effects in morphology (reduplication, root-and-pattern morphology, minimal/maximal word effects) from the standpoint of Distributed Morphology in order to help determine what role (if any) the prosodic template plays in natural language. More generally, Matt is interested in asking what insights Prosodic and Distributed Morphology can give to one another.
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