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

Papers & Talks

Lake Tahoe during a trip to the field, December 2016

Welcome! I recently received my Ph.D. from the University of Chicago Department of Linguistics.

In September 2018 I will join the University of Manchester as a post-doctoral researcher for the following project on lexical categories.

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 DP, subordination, relativization, and agreement from the perspective of these interfaces.

My dissertation (defended in June 2018) 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 the United States. I am committed to testing theoretical claims on data from my work in the field.

Some topics I have worked on/am working on in Washo are:
  • Relativization and clausal nominalizations
  • Embedding strategies of factive verbs (with Ryan Bochnak)
  • Switch reference as agreement (with Karlos Arregi)
  • Negative concord as agreement

Please see `Papers & Talks' for my other work, e.g. on light-headed relatives in German and 'like' in American English (with Andrea Beltrama).