Couchsachraga aka dismal wilderness

I am a Senior Lecturer in Linguistics and English Language at the University of Edinburgh and Adjunct Professor at the University of Ottawa, where I was Assistant Professor from 2011–14. My main interests are in the architecture and evolution of the language faculty, event structure, locality theory, scope and binding, syntactic change, the history of English and French, quantitative syntactic research, and comparative cognitive science. If you are looking for a supervisor in any of these areas, get in touch. My main nonlinguistic interests are traditional music and hillwalking.

News & Upcoming Events

Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 21

October 2018

The Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 21 (edited by Truswell, Cummins, Heycock. Rabern, and Rohde) are now available online from semanticsarchive.net, with a print-on-demand version to follow soon. 82 chapters, 120 authors, 1398 pages …

Senior Lecturer

August 2018

As of August 1, I am senior lecturer at Edinburgh.

PhilSoc keynote

June 2018

Nik Gisborne and me are giving the keynote talk at the AGM of the Philological Society, titled ‘Parallel evolution of relative clauses in Indo-European’. Slides available here. Comments as welcome as ever.

Oxford Handbook of Event Structure

June 2018

The Oxford Handbook of Event Structure, edited by me over the past 5 or 6 years, recently entered production. Estimated publication date is March 2019. 22 chapters on all aspects of events in semantics, syntax, and beyond.

New draft

March 2018

Which-hunting in Medieval England’, submitted by Nik Gisborne and me to a special edition of the Canadian Journal of Linguistics (selected papers from the first Formal Diachronic Semantics workshop), is available here. Comments always welcome. The debt to the Chicago which hunt is entirely unconscious.

 
 

Recent and Forthcoming Publications

[1]

Truswell, Robert (2018). Oxford Handbook of Event Structure. In press, Oxford University Press. See preprints of the table of contents, the introduction, and my chapter on Event composition and event individuation.

[2]

Truswell, Robert, Chris Cummins, Caroline Heycock, Brian Rabern, and Hannah Rohde (2018). Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 21. Freely downloadable proceedings volume. 1,398 pages.

[3]

Truswell, Robert, Rhona Alcorn, James Donaldson, and Joel Wallenberg (2017). A Parsed Linguistic Atlas of Early Middle English. 172,624-word parsed corpus, freely downloadable from GitHub.

[4]

Truswell, Robert, Rhona Alcorn, James Donaldson, and Joel Wallenberg (2017). A Parsed Linguistic Atlas of Early Middle English. In press, Rhona Alcorn, Bettelou Los, Joanna Kopaczyk, and Benjamin Molineaux (eds.), Historical Dialectology in the Digital Age. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

[5]

Mathieu, Éric and Robert Truswell (eds) (2017). Micro-change and Macro-change in Diachronic Syntax. Oxford: Oxford University Press. See preprints of the introduction (Mathieu and Truswell), and Where do relative specifiers come from? (Gisborne and Truswell).

 
 

Recent Presentations

[1]

Gisborne, Nikolas, and Robert Truswell (2018). Parallel evolution of relative clauses in Indo-European. Keynote talk, Philological Society AGM, Oxford.

[2]

Laparle, Schuyler, and Robert Truswell. (2018). Just and scale structure. Poster presented at WCCFL 36, UCLA.

[3]

Truswell, Robert (2017). Wh-words and semantic reanalysis. Invited talk, OASIS 0 workshop, CNRS/Paris 8.

[4]

Gisborne, Nikolas, and Robert Truswell (2017). On the stubborn refusal of English grammar to generate multiple correlatives. Annual meeting of the Linguistics Association of Great Britain, University of Kent.

[5]

Laparle, Schuyler, and Robert Truswell (2017). The scalar semantics of just. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Linguistic Association, Ryerson University.