Teaching

Supervisees

Current Supervisees

  • University of Edinburgh
    • 2018–
    • Amir Bin Mustaffa (co-supervision with Nikolas Gisborne), PhD on the syntax of cleft and copular constructions in Malay.
    • 2018–
    • Lisa Gotthard (co-supervision with Bettelou Los and Rhona Alcorn), PhD on corpus-based analyses of historical Scots syntax.
    • 2018–
    • Ivo Youmerski (co-supervision with Nikolas Gisborne), PhD on corpus-based analysis of the history of relative clauses and related constructions in South Slavic.
    • 2017–
    • Yu-hui Liao (co-supervision with Chris Cummins and Vicky Chondrogianni), PhD on motion event descriptions in English/Mandarin and French/Mandarin bilinguals.
    • 2017–
    • Anna Katarina Page (co-supervision with Nikolas Gisborne), PhD on causative verbs and abstract objects.
    • 2017–
    • Tom Stephen (co-supervision with Bryan Pickel), PhD on clause-embedding predicates.
    • 2017–
    • Takanobu Nakamura (co-supervision with Caroline Heycock and Bryan Pickel), PhD on quantification in Japanese.
    • 2016–
    • Tom Wood (co-supervision with Caroline Heycock and Mark Steedman), PhD on information structure and Russian discourse particles.
    • 2017–
    • Rebecka Elm, Honours thesis on VP-ellipsis and pseudogapping in Medieval French.
  • University of Ottawa
    • 2015–
    • Paul Melchin (recently submitted PhD!), The Semantic Basis for Selectional Restrictions.
    • 2016–
    • Andrew McKishnie, PhD on anticausatives and causation in Russian and French.

Past Supervisees

  • University of Edinburgh
    • 2014–18
    • Carmen Saldana, Simplifying Linguistic Complexity: Culture and Cognition in Language Evolution (PhD co-supervised with Kenny Smith, Simon Kirby, and Jenny Culbertson).
    • 2015–18
    • Laura Arnold, A Grammar of Ambel, an Austronesian Language of Raja Ampat, West New Guinea (PhD co-supervised with Bert Remijsen and Caroline Heycock).
    • 2018
    • Sara Amido, Action and Information: Relevance as the Unifying Semantic Component of the Conditional. MSc, co-supervised with Nikolas Gisborne.
    • 2018
    • Alix Goodwyn, Internally and Externally Motivated Language Change: Through the Lens of Grammaticalization. MSc, co-supervised with Laura Arnold.
    • 2018
    • Wenhao Li, Toward a Unified Account of the Ambiguities in the English Present Perfect. MSc, co-supervised by Ronnie Cann.
    • 2016–17
    • Ivo Youmerski, Syntactic Change: Sources of Icelandic Relative Specifiers (MSc by Research co-supervised with Nikolas Gisborne and Bettelou Los).
    • 2017
    • Whale Dong, Telicity and Homogeneity: Analysis of Event Structure in Mandarin Bimorphemic Verbs. MSc.
    • 2017
    • Ningyuan Ge, The Relation between Relativized Item and Relative se/þe in Old English Relative Clauses. MSc.
    • 2017
    • Matt King, MSc dissertation on motion event descriptions in English and Spanish, co-supervised with Nikolas Gisborne.
    • 2017
    • Hugh McLaughlin, The Effects of Task Type on L2 English Article Production by L1 Speakers of Article-less Languages. MSc, co-supervised with Wenjia Cai.
    • 2017
    • Anna Katarina Page, Information Structure and the Coordinate Structure Constraint: Two Corpus Studies. MSc.
    • 2017
    • Daniel Simon, Stop Provoking Me, I Will Not Be Provoked! How a Small Group of Verbs Upsets the Universe, Almost. MSc, co-supervised with Nikolas Gisborne.
    • 2014–16
    • Steve Rapaport, Prosodic shift and loss of case in Germanic, Romance and Hellenic languages (MSc by Research co-supervised with Heinz Giegerich).
    • 2016
    • Shu-yu (Angel) Chen, The development of early where-relatives. MSc, co-supervision with Bettelou Los.
    • 2016
    • Ben Aiken, MSc on mindreading in baseball.
    • 2016
    • Julija Sakalauskaite, Endogenous and exogenous influence on the which. MSc.
    • 2015–16
    • Amy King, Honours thesis on unbound -self-forms in Oban English.
    • 2015–16
    • Schuyler Laparle, Getting the gist of just: A collapse of the senses. Honours thesis.
    • 2015–16
    • Ivo Youmerski, Honours thesis on failed changes in the history of Icelandic relativization.
    • 2014–15
    • E Jamieson, An investigation of verb raising in the Shetland dialect of Scots. MSc by Research, co-supervision with Caroline Heycock.
    • 2010–11
    • Alexander Beaven, Ditransitives, purpose clauses, and control. MSc by research.
    • 2010–11
    • Christopher Bryant, Coverbs in Mandarin: Are they really prepositions? Honours thesis.
    • 2009–10
    • Carol Mitcheson, An investigation into the evidence for hierarchical structure both in the syntactic competence of language-trained animals and in the ability of animals for complex action. Honours thesis.
    • 2009–10
    • Amy Woodgate, This is the order which if we use, most people will be happy: the effect of IF-clause linear order and resumption on English grammaticality judgments. Honours thesis.
    • 2009–10
    • Alexander Beaven, Control is almost definitely not movement (probably): New evidence from dative intervention. Honours thesis.
  • University of Ottawa
 
 

Courses

This year, I am teaching LASC11143 ‘Introduction to semantics and pragmatics’ and LASC10017/LASC11104 ‘Current Issues in Syntax’, and also contributing lectures to LASC08023 ‘Linguistics & English Language 1B’ (on semantics), LASC08017 ‘LEL2A: Linguistic theory and the structure of English’ (also on semantics), LASC08019 ‘LEL2C: English in time and space’ (on Early Modern English and historical sociolinguistics), LASC08020 ‘LEL2D: Cross-linguistic variation: limits and theories’ (on syntactic typology), and PPLS08002 ‘Introduction to cognitive science’ (on nativism and representations in linguistics).

Past Courses

  • University of Edinburgh (as course organizer)
    • 2016–18
    • LASC11143 ‘Introduction to semantics and pragmatics’
    • 2015–16
    • LASC11090 ‘Introduction to semantics’
    • 2014–15,
    • LASC10071/LASC11104 ‘Current issues in syntax’
    • 2017–18
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  • Recent short courses
  • University of Ottawa
    • 2013–14
    • LIN2310 ‘Introduction to syntax’.
    • 2012–13
    • LIN6917 ‘Syntax II’.
    • 2011–14
    • LIN1310 ‘Introduction to Linguistics 1: From Morpheme to Utterance’ (seven sections).
    • 2011–12
    • LIN7930 ‘Topics in theoretical linguistics: Grammatical architectures’.
    • Also informal workshops for grad students on LaTeX and R.
  • University of Edinburgh
    • 2009–11
    • Biolinguistics (two sections, MSc level).
    • 2009–11
    • Linguistics 2A, syntax module (two sections, lire-honours).
    • 2008–9
    • Current Issues in Syntax (co-taught with Peter Ackema and Caroline Heycock, 4th year undergraduate).