Instruments and thematic roles

Rissman, L. & Rawlins, K. (in press). Journal of Semantics. Ingredients of instrumental meaning.

Rissman, L. (2013). Periphrastic use: a modal account of instrumentality. Proceedings of the 41st Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistics Society., 137-150. pdf

Rissman, L. (2011). Instrumental with and use: modality and implicature. Proceedings from Semantics and Linguistic Theory 21, 532-551. pdf

Rissman, L. (2010). Instrumental with, locatum with and the argument/adjunct distinction. LSA Meeting Extended Abstracts 2010. pdf

Emerging sign languages

Rissman, L., & Goldin-Meadow, S. (2017). The development of causal structure without a language model. Language Learning and Development, 1-14. pdf

Cartmill, E.A., Rissman, L., Novack, M., & Goldin-Meadow, S. (in press). The emergence of iconic features in co-speech gesture and homesign. Language, Interaction and Acquisition.

Rissman, L., Horton, L., Flaherty, M., Senghas, A., Copolla, M., Brentari, D., Goldin-Meadow, S. (2016). Strategies in gesture and sign for demoting an agent: effects of language community and input. Proceedings from Evolution of Language 10.pdf

Verbal meaning and argument structure

Rissman, L., Rawlins, K., Landau, B. (2015). Using instruments to understand argument structure: evidence for gradient representation. Cognition, 142, 266-290. pdf

Rissman, L. (2015). Cinderella broke and broke: object deletion and manner-result complementarity. Proceedings from Chicago Linguistic Society 51., 425-439. pdf

Rissman, L. (2013). Event participant representations and the instrumental role: a cross-linguistic study. Johns Hopkins University. pdf

Children's verb learning

Rissman, L., Legendre, G., Landau, B. (2013). Abstract morphosyntax in two and three-year-old children: evidence from priming. Language Learning and Development, 9(3), 278-292. pdf