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Syntactic research at The Graduate Center covers a broad range of languages and topics. The program produces empirically rich and theoretically significant research across a wide variety of empirical and analytical domains, preparing students for careers in both academia and industry.

Our faculty’s research interests and specializations are notably diverse. In addition to researching some of the major languages of the world, a number of faculty members actively research the syntax of endangered, under-documented, and marginalized languages. Faculty language specializations include, but are not limited to:

  • African languages (Kandybowicz)
  • Austronesian languages (Kaufman)
  • Basque (Haddican)
  • English and its varieties (Nissenbaum, Tortora, and Haddican)
  • Italian and its varieties (Tortora)
  • Languages of immigrant communities in New York City (Kaufman)
  • Romance languages (Tortora)     

Faculty research interests and specializations include:

  • Formal syntactic theory (all faculty)
  • Syntax-Semantics interface (Nissenbaum, Al Khatib)
  • Syntax-Phonology interface (Kandybowicz)
  • Morphology-Syntax interface (Kaufman)
  • Syntactic variation (Tortora, Haddican)

Our students come from all over the world and contribute to the vibrant research culture of the program. Recent syntax dissertations and qualifying paper projects include:

  • Wh- indeterminates and split wh- NPIs in Korean
  • The syntax and semantics of Korean nominal particles
  • Completive todo as a modifier of silent PPs in Rioplatense Spanish
  • Non-argumental datives in Spanish
  • Lower copy retention in Belizean Creole How-Phrases
  • The syntax of non-restrictive relative clauses in Tunisian Arabic
  • A prosodic analysis of Egyptian Arabic in-situ interrogative distribution
  • The status of islands in Shupamem
  • Serial verb constructions in Shupamem
  • Short A-bar movement in Georgian
  • The syntax of Latin presentatives
  • Partial control in Brazilian Portuguese
  • Bare and partitive-marked NPs in Romance languages
  • Intervention effects in L2 English raising

Syntax at the Graduate Center is highly interdisciplinary and collaborative. Syntax faculty and students are closely involved with research conducted in a number of related areas within the Linguistics Program: semantics, first and second language acquisition, sentence processing, sociolinguistics, field linguistics, and language documentation, to name a few.

Jason Kandybowicz

Associate Professor
Graduate Center
Room 7400.05

Phone 212-817-8503