Emily A. Hanink
Emily A. Hanink
The University of Chicago

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Lake Tahoe during a trip to the field, December 2016


Welcome! I'm a PhD candidate in the University of Chicago Department of Linguistics.

Contact me at: eahanink [at] uchicago [.] edu



My research focuses on syntax and its interfaces with semantics and morphology.

Broadly speaking, my work investigates the structure of the DP, with a particular emphasis on the ways in which this structure interacts with subordinate clauses of various types. My dissertation examines same both in its anaphoric use and in its role in introducing as-relatives, taking morphosyntactic clues from German as the starting point for a cross-linguistic investigation. The dissertation argues that the behavior of same across these uses lends compelling evidence to the treatment of this modifier as a type of degree element that equates individuals. The dissertation also addresses issues in degree syntax concerning i) the interpretation and inflection of degree modifiers; ii) the syntactic properties of embedded as-relatives; and iii) variation in the way different languages structurally encode anaphora and other expressions of equation.

I am also a fieldworker: In 2015 I began my continued fieldwork on Washo, a highly endangered Native American isolate spoken around Lake Tahoe in CA/NV, USA. I am committed to testing theoretical claims on data from my work in the field.


Some topics I especially enjoy working on are:
  • Relative and equative clauses
  • Subordination and clausal nominalization
  • Cross-clausal dependencies
  • Variation in the structure of definite articles and pronouns
  • DP agreement and concord