Selected presentations and lectures

  1. Beyond intuitions, algorithms, and dictionaries: Historical semantics and legal interpretation. Alison LaCroix and Jason Merchant. Neubauer Collegium workshop on Historical Semantics and Legal Interpretation. University of Chicago, 22 May 2017.
  2. On categorizers and selection. Cambridge Comparative Syntax. Cambridge University. 5 May 2017.
  3. Multiple paths to ellipsis: Identity, accommodation, scripts, and type-shifters Plenary lecture. Workshop on multiple sluicing. Yale University, 22 April 2017.
  4. Roots, categorizers, and nonuniform selection. Zentrum f\"{u}r Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft. Berlin. 23 March 2017.
  5. In search of the missing: Evidence for and against unpronounced syntactic structure. Invited colloquium. Ohio State University. 3 February 2017.
  6. The Afrikaans final negative particle as a negative isotopic, VP-level clitic. Plenary lecture, 31st Comparative Germanic Syntax Workshop. Stellenbosch University, South Africa. 3 December 2016.
  7. One size doesn't fit all: What fragments can tell us about anaphoricity, and why reductionist monolithic theories fail. Plenary lecture. Fragments (SFB 1102 Information Density and Linguistic Encoding). University of the Saarland, Saarbrücken. 13 October 2016.
  8. What's in a word? Invited colloquium. University of Maryland at College Park, 7 October 2016.
  9. Rebinding, ineffability, and limits on accommodation. Plenary lecture. Ellipsis across borders. Sarajevo. June 2016.
  10. Does Greek have VVPE? Yes, but it is easy to overlook. 5th Annual Midwest Greek Linguistics Workshop. University of Chicago, 6 May 2016.
  11. Roots don't select: A novel argument from category-dependent l-selection. 42nd meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society. University of California, Berkeley. 5 February 2016.
  12. The 1AEX can be reduced to selection. Invited lecture, the Hornucopia, Yale University. 7 November 2015.
  13. How to write around the world (And which ways are best). Humanities Day, University of Chicago. 17 October 2015.
  14. Perfect and imperfect copies. Plenary lecture, Workshop on replication, University of Leipzig. 3 October 2015. 2015.
  15. Stochastic selection. Invited colloquium. University of Minnesota. 18 September 2015.
  16. Generative syntax in the twenty-first century: The road ahead. Symposium. Athens, Greece, 28-30 May 2015.
  17. Plenary lecture, Ellipsis conference, Unicamp, Campinas, Brazil. May 2015.
  18. Joint selection. Invited colloquium. Cornell University. 19 February 2015.
  19. How 'abstract' does our syntax have to be? Evidence from ellipsis. Invited colloquium. New York University. 9 May 2014.
  20. On the use and abuse of linguistics at the U.S. Supreme Court. Franke Institute for the Humanities, University of Chicago. Wednesday faculty lecture series. 7 May 2014.
  21. How 'abstract' does our syntax have to be? Evidence from ellipsis. Invited colloquium. University of Southern California. 28 April 2014.
  22. More than one (Greek) comparative(*s). Invited colloquium. University of Massachusetts at Amherst. 14 March 2014.
  23. How abstract does our theory of language have to be? Evidence from structural ambiguity and ellipsis. Invited colloquium. Princeton University. 16 January 2014.
  24. Remarks on identity in ellipsis. Invited keynote presentation. Leiden workshop on ellipsis. University of Leiden. 20-21 September 2013.
  25. Structures in syntax. Minicourse (five lectures) at ACTL (Advanced Core Training in Linguistics), University College, London. 24-28 June 2013.
  26. Yet another look at deep and surface anaphora. Kent Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Kent, 20 June 2013. ?
  27. On explanation in linguistics: Evidence and naivete in debates about the nature of language. SECL Distinguished Lecture Series. University of Kent, Canterbury. 19 June 2013.
  28. How much context is enough? Two cases of non-locally conditioned stem allomorphy. Invited presentation, University of Kent, Canterbury. 19 June 2013.
  29. Comparing theories of comparatives. Kent Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Kent, 18 June 2013.
  30. Implications of Greek verbal stem allomorphy for theories of morphology. Midwest Workshop on Greek Linguistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 18 May 2013.
  31. A language richer from/of others: Two phrasal comparatives in Greek. Invited keynote talk. 4th Annual Tampa Workshop in Linguistics. University of South Florida. 22 March 2013.
  32. On the morphosyntactosemantics of comparatives: Evidence from Greek. Invited colloquium talk. University of Connecticut. 15 February 2013.
  33. 'Deep' and 'surface' anaphora, again. Invited talk. Workshop on ellipsis. Universidade de Vigo, Spain. 9-11 November 2012.
  34. What's happening to our standards (of comparison)?. Invited colloquium talk. Stony Brook University. 14 September 2012.
  35. Deep properties of surface pronouns: Pronominal predicate anaphors in Germanic. Kristine Bentzen, Jason Merchant, and Peter Svenonius. Comparative Germanic Syntax Workshop 27. Yale University. 31 May 2012.
  36. A new standard of comparison. Peter Alrenga, Chris Kennedy, Jason Merchant. West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics 30. University of California, Santa Cruz. 14 April 2012.
  37. Accounting for voice mismatch in ellipsis. Steve SanPietro, Ming Xiang, and Jason Merchant. Poster presented at the 30th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics. University of California, Santa Cruz. 14 April 2012.
  38. Meaning without form: Abstractness and the linguistics of ellipsis. Invited colloquium talk, Department of Cognitive Sciences, University of California, Irvine. 11 April 2012.
  39. More comparatives than you can shake a stick at: The case of Greek. (handout) Invited colloquium talk. McGill University, Montreal. March 2012.
  40. Voice and implicit arguments: The view from ellipsis. Invited talk. Leverhulme workshop on brevity, organized in conjunction with the meeting of American Philosophical Association. Chicago, Ill. 19 February 2012.
  41. Standard of comparison/scope of comparison. Peter Alrenga, Chris Kennedy, Jason Merchant. 86th annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Portland, Ore. 6 January 2012.
  42. Silent structures in ellipsis: Priming and anti-priming effects. Ming Xiang, Jason Merchant, and Julian Grove. Poster presented at the 86th annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Portland, Ore. 6 January 2012.
  43. Where's gender? Evidence from Greek. (handout) Invited talk. Workshop on quirky ellipsis, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. 15 November 2011.
  44. (In)delibility of features under agreement with nominal predicates. Invited colloquium talk. Rutgers University. 4 November 2011.
  45. Isotopes of gender in Greek. Cornell University. 15 September 2011.
  46. Derivational and nonderivational approaches to Greek NPE. Invited talk. Ellipsis workshop, Université de Paris 7. 22 June 2011.
  47. Not all genders are created equal: Evidence from Greek nominal ellipsis. Invited talk at Ellipsis workshop, Stanford University. 29-30 April 2011.
  48. Gender disagreements (in Greek NPE). Invited talk. MIT. March 2011.
  49. Some genders are more equal than others. (handout) 87th annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Pittsburgh, Penn. January 2011.
  50. Meaning without form: The linguistics of ellipsis. With Karlos Arregi. Presentation at Humanities Day, University of Chicago, 23 October 2010.
  51. Vocal and argumentative oppositions. Invited lecture. Workshop: Morphological Voice and its Grammatical Interfaces: Theoretical Modelling and Psycholinguistic Validation. University of Vienna. 25-27 June 2010.
  52. LF, PF, and representationalist Minimalism. Minicourse (four lectures) at Syntaxfest 2010, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, 15-18 June 2010.
  53. Linguistic interfaces and the architecture of grammar. Five lectures on syntax. University of the Basque Country, Vitoria-Gasteiz, the Basque Country. 17-21 May 2010.
  54. Comparing comparatives: An argument against surfacism. Invited colloquium talk. Harvard University. 7 May 2010.
  55. Against surfacism: Evidence from Greek. Invited colloquium talk. Yale University. 22 February 2010.
  56. Elliptical repair and nonrepair in Greek comparatives. Invited colloquium talk. University of California, Los Angeles. 5 February 2010.
  57. What's in a language? (slides) Presentation to my son's third grade class. January 4, 2010.
  58. Ways to account for things not said. Invited colloquium talk. University College London. 11 November 2009.
  59. What price ellipsis? Invited keynote talk. Brussels Conference on Generative Linguistics 4: Ellipsis. Center for Research in Syntax, Semantic and Phonology, Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussels, Belgium. 9-10 November 2009.
  60. Context and types of ambiguity. Invited talk. Interdisciplinary symposium: Dimensions of ambiguity. Eberhard-Karls-University, Tuebingen, Germany. 5-7 November 2009.
  61. Enas psiloteros tis antras: Implications of clitic standards of comparison in Greek. 9th International Conference on Greek Linguistics, University of Chicago. October 30, 2009.
  62. Inaudible syntax. With Lyn Frazier. Invited talk. Context and communication network; Leverhulme Foundation workshop series. San Francisco, 15 September 2009.
  63. Abstractness in syntax (with special reference to ellipsis). LOT (Landesonderzoekschool Taalwetenschaap, National research school in linguistics; 5 day mini-course), Leiden. June 2009.
  64. Sprache bzw. Dialekt: Neueres aus der Dialektforschung im germanischen Gebiet (mit evtl. Anwendung auf die Balkansprachen). [Language or dialect: Recent approaches in dialectology in Germanic (with potential application to the Balkan languages).] (slides) Invited presentation. Department of German, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Thessaloniki, Greece. 3 June 2009.
  65. Why move? On the inadequacy of n-gram models. Invited presentation. Department of English, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Thessaloniki, Greece. May 22, 2009.
  66. Peri metakineseos ton stoikheion me-A. [On movement of A'-elements.] Invited presentation. Department of Greek, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Thessaloniki, Greece. May 19, 2009.
  67. There's more to words than meets the ear. (handout) Invited colloquium. University of Illinois at Chicago. 20 February 2009.
  68. Case, agreement, and null arguments in Aleut. With Jerrold Sadock. 85th annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, San Francisco, Calif. January 2009.
  69. Diagnosing ellipsis. (handout) Invited talk. Workshop: Diagnosing Syntax: Perspectives, procedures, and tools. Leiden University and Utrecht University. 29-31 January 2009.
  70. Silencing voice. Invited talk. Princeton University. 8 December 2008.
  71. Multiple wh-fronting and spurious coordination. Graduate Alumni Conference. University of California, Santa Cruz. 12-13 September 2008.
  72. On distinguishing among the missing: Intuitions and evidence from syntax, semantics, and pragmatics. Invited talk. Context and communication network; Leverhulme Foundation workshop series. Canterbury, England, 19-21 September 2008.
  73. Implicit arguments. Invited talk. Workshop: Argument Structure. 10th Seoul International Conference on Generative Grammar (SICOGG 10). Seoul, Korea. 31 July-2 August 2008.
  74. Why ellipsis is a problem for surface lexicalism. Invited talk. Workshop on elliptical constructions. U Jussieu, Paris, 20 June 2008.
  75. PF and LF locality: Evidence from Greek comparatives. Invited talk. Maryland Mayfest: Islands and wh-movement. University of Maryland, College Park. 9-11 May 2008.
  76. Aleut case matters. (handout) Pragmatics, Grammatical Interfaces, and Jerry Sadock Conference. University of Chicago, 2-3 May 2008.
  77. Explorations of the dark side of ellipsis. Invited talk. University of Massachusetts, Amherst. April 4, 2008.
  78. Consequences of voice mismatch asymmetries in ellipsis: Bad news for strict lexicalism. Invited talk. Syntax Circle, Leiden University (Meertens Institute, Universities of Amsterdam, Utrecht and Leiden). March 28, 2008.
  79. Syntax is simple, but also abstact. Invited talk, Northeastern Illinois University. 5 March 2008.
  80. Nonsententials and moderate contextualism. Workshop on Context-dependence, perspective and relativity in language and thought, Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris. November 9-11, 2007.
  81. Spurious coordination in Vlach multiple wh-fronting. (handout) Mid-America Linguistics Conference. University of Kansas, Lawrence. October 26-28, 2007.
  82. Three kinds of ellipsis: syntactic, semantic, pragmatic?. Invited talk, Semantics workshop. Rutgers University. 5-6 October 2007.
  83. Voice and ellipsis. Invited departmental talk, New York University. 4 October 2007.
  84. Greek comparatives: Implications for the architecture of grammar. 8th International Conference on Greek Linguistics, Ioannina, Greece. August 29, 2007.
  85. The syntax of voice and implicit indefinite arguments. (handout) Invited talk, 'Funny indefinites: Workshop on Different Kinds of Specificity Across Languages'. Zentrum fuer Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (Center for General Linguistics), Berlin. 7 July 2007.
  86. Metalinguistic comparison in Greek. With Anastasia Giannakidou. Invited talk, Potsdam University. 6 July 2007.
  87. On varieties of abstractness in syntax. Invited talk, University of Tuebingen. 4 July 2007.
  88. What's in a name? On the syntax of names, NPs, and pronouns. Keynote lecture, Linguistics at Santa Cruz, March 3, 2007.
  89. VP-ellipsis is VP ellipsis; pseudogapping is vP ellipsis. 83rd annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Anaheim, Ca. January 2007.
  90. Syntactic abstractness in ellipsis: Sluicing, wh-movement, islands. Ealing 4, Department of Cognitive Studies, Ecole Normale Superieure. Paris, France. 18-22 September 2006.
  91. On the identity conditions in ellipsis: Evidence from voice mismatches and islands in VPE, sluicing, and comparatives. Ellipsis workshop, University of Stuttgart, Germany. 24 July 2006.
  92. Voice heads, multiple case, and the abstractness of syntax. Invited speaker. 42nd meeting of the Chicago Linguistics Society, Parasession on case and voice. Chicago, Ill. April 2006.
  93. Variable island sensitivity in Greek phrasal and clausal comparatives. With Anastasia Giannakidou. 80th annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Albuquerque, New Mexico. January 2006.
  94. The genetic and neural bases of language. Humanities Open House, University of Chicago. October 2005.
  95. Revisiting syntactic identity conditions (handout). Invited speaker. Workshop on ellipsis. University of California, Berkeley. October 2005.
  96. Lectures on ellipsis (16 hours). Invited speaker, 7th Seoul International Conference On Generative Grammar (SICOGG 7). Seoul, South Korea. August 2005.
  97. On the role of unpronounced syntactic structures (handout). Invited talk, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. March 2005.
  98. On the role of unpronounced syntactic structures. Invited talk, Stanford University. March 2005.
  99. Do we need unpronounced syntactic structures? Invited colloquium talk, Harvard University. December 2004.
  100. Do we need unpronounced syntactic structures? Invited colloquium talk, University of California at Los Angeles. November 2004.
  101. Towards a taxonomy of elliptical repair. Workshop on morphosyntax, Universidad Nacional del Comahue, Buenos Aires, Argentina. July 2004. (Invited presentation.)
  102. How to say nothing. Invited colloquium talk, Michigan State University. April 2004.
  103. Fragments and ellipsis. Invited colloquium talk, Indiana University. December 2003.
  104. A deletion solution to the 'sloppy ellipsis' puzzle (handout). 78th annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Boston, Mass. January 2004.
  105. Fragments and ellipsis. Workshop on nonsententials, Wayne State University. September 2003.
  106. Fragmentarische Ausdruecke: Ellipse oder Anlass zu einer neuen Theorie der Syntax-Semantik-Schnittstelle? Workshop on ellipsis and focus, Tuebingen University, Germany. July 2003.
  107. Fragments and ellipsis. Invited colloquium talk, University of Patras, Greece. May 2003.
  108. Resumptivity and non-movement. 24th Annual Meeting on Greek Linguistics, University of Thessaloniki, Greece. May 2003.
  109. Ellipsis and 'nonsentential speech'. 16th international symposium of theoretical and applied linguistics. Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. April 2003.
  110. Linguistic and philosophical implications of fragments. Ellipsis workshop. University of California, Santa Cruz. January 2003.
  111. Fragmentary thoughts. Workshop on ellipsis, Kaken group. Kyushu University, Japan. December 2002.
  112. Fragments and the syntax-semantics interface. Invited colloquium talk, University of Maryland, College Park. September 2002.
  113. Eliminating modules in Minimalism. (handout) With Anastasia Giannakidou. Theoretical and experimental approaches to normal and impaired language. European Science Foundation, Corinth, Greece. June 2002.
  114. Modularity in the Minimalist Program. With Anastasia Giannakidou. Maryland Mayfest, University of Maryland at College Park. May 2002.
  115. Grammar sous rature. Invited colloquium talk, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. April 2002.
  116. PF output constraints and elliptical repair in SAI comparatives. Presented at the 21st West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics. University of California, Santa Cruz. April 2002.
  117. Illuminating the black hole of PF. Invited colloquium talk, University of Southern California. April 2002.
  118. Repair by deletion: Some puzzles from ellipsis. Invited colloquium talk, University of Connecticut. March 2002.
  119. On selected repair effects. Workshop on ellipsis, Kaken Group, University of Kyoto. December 2001.
  120. Chomsky's theory of language. Humanities Open House, University of Chicago. October 2001.
  121. The syntax of silence, or Why silence is even more golden than we thought.Franke Institute New Faculty Series, University of Chicago. May 2001.
  122. The saving graces of ellipsis. Invited colloquium talk, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. May 2001.
  123. Delete and ye shall be saved! Workshop on ellipsis, Kaken Group, University of Kyoto. December 2000.
  124. Much ado about nothing, or, the story of E. Workshop on ellipsis, Kaken Group, University of Kyoto. December 2000.
  125. Sluicing and swiping in Germanic. Presented at the 15th Comparative Germanic Syntax Workshop (CGSW). University of Groningen. May 2000.
  126. Guess what about? The syntax of ellipsis and islandhood [or, How to delete your way out of an island]. Invited talk, Northwestern University. May 2000.
  127. PF islands? Evidence from left-branch extractions and ellipsis. Invited colloquium talk, University of Leiden. February 2000.
  128. Showdown on the semantics-phonology frontier: On saying nothing. Invited talk, University of Chicago. February 2000.
  129. The EPP as a PF-condition: Evidence from extraction out of subjects in sluicing. Presented at Taalkunde in Nederland (TIN)-Dag, Annual meeting of the Algemene Vereniging voor Taalwetenschap. University of Utrecht. February 2000.
  130. On the saving graces of ellipsis. Invited colloquium talk, University of Groningen. January 2000.
  131. e-GIVENness vs. LF-identity in ellipsis. Invited talk, Workshop on ellipsis, Zentrum fuer Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Berlin. November 1999.
  132. Ellipsis and the nature of islands. Invited colloquium talk, University of Chicago. October 1999.
  133. Deletion, sluicing, and the nature of islands. Invited colloquium talk, University of California, San Diego. May 1999.
  134. Sluicing out of islands? Syntactic and semantic explorations. Invited talk, University of California, Los Angeles. March 1999.
  135. Sluicing and the nature of islands or, the syntax of silence. Invited talk, University of Texas at Austin. March 1999.
  136. Resumptive operators, case, and sluicing. Presented at the 73rd annual meeting of the LSA; Los Angeles, California. January 1999.
  137. Case and identity in comparatives. With Chris Kennedy. Presented at the 73rd annual meeting of the LSA; Los Angeles, California. January 1999.
  138. Attributive comparatives, left branch extraction, and PF-deletion. With Chris Kennedy. Invited talk, Workshop on comparatives. Zentrum fuer Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Berlin. November 1998.
  139. Islands, sluicing, and form-identity. Invited talk, Workshop on Coordination in Ellipsis. Zentrum fuer Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Berlin. September 1998.
  140. On the extent of trace deletion in ACD. Presented at TABU-Dag, University of Groningen. June 1998.
  141. Deviant 'identity' in ellipsis: Vehicle change and the copy theory. Invited colloquium talk, Universitaet Tuebingen. June 1998.
  142. Unbound variables under ellipsis and the syntax of sluicing. Invited colloquium talk, UiL/OTS, Utrecht Univ. March 1998.
  143. E-type A'-traces under sluicing. 17th annual West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (WCCFL). Univ. of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada. February 1998.
  144. Unbound variables under ellipsis and the syntax of sluicing. Invited colloquium talk, OOO, Leiden Univ. February 1998.
  145. Antecedent-contained deletion in negative polarity items. Taalkunde in Nederland (TIN)-Dag, Annual meeting of the Algemene Vereniging voor Taalwetenschap. Utrecht Univ. January 1998.
  146. Aspectual effects on donkey anaphora. With Anastasia Giannakidou. Presented at Sinn und Bedeutung (2nd annual meeting of the Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Semantik). Humboldt Univ. and Zentrum fuer Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Berlin. December 1997.
  147. 'Pseudosluicing': Elliptical clefts. Invited talk, Workshop on Syntax and Semantics of (Pseudo)Clefts. Zentrum fuer Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Berlin. December 1997.
  148. Pronominal variables under ellipsis. Invited colloquium talk, Zentrum fuer Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Berlin. November 1997.
  149. Semantic and syntax-semantic interface issues in interrogatives: An overview. With Anastasia Giannakidou. Interface Questions group presentation, Univ. of Amsterdam. November 1997.
  150. Attributive comparatives and bound ellipsis. With Chris Kennedy. Presented at Colloque de syntaxe et sémantique de Paris (CSSP), Univ. of Paris-7. October 1997.
  151. The structure of sluices and the interpretation of wh-traces. Invited talk, Interfaces workshop, Univ. of Thessaloniki, Greece. September 1997.
  152. Why Giannis can't scrub his plate clean: On the absence of resultative secondary predication in Greek. With Anastasia Giannakidou. Presented at the 3rd International Conference on Greek Linguistics, Athens, Greece. September 1997.
  153. Anaphoric destressing and scrambling in Dutch and English. Poster presented at the Hopkins Optimality Theory workshop/Maryland Mayfest. Johns Hopkins Univ. and Univ. of Maryland. May 1997.
  154. An asymmetry in asymmetric donkey anaphora. With Anastasia Giannakidou. Presented at the 18th Annual Meeting on Greek Linguistics, University of Thessaloniki, Greece. April 1997.
  155. Pronominal wh-traces under sluicing. Presented at the 71st annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America; Chicago, Illinois. January 1997.
  156. Deviance from identity under ellipsis: The case of (multiple) sluicing. Invited colloquium talk given at University of Groningen, the Netherlands. October 1996.
  157. On the interpretation of null indefinite objects in Greek. With Anastasia Giannakidou. Presented at the 17th Annual Meeting on Greek Linguistics, Univ. of Thessaloniki, Greece. April 1996.
  158. Reverse sluicing in English and Greek. With Anastasia Giannakidou. Presented at the 19th annual meeting of the Generative Linguists of the Old World (GLOW), Univ. of Athens, Greece. April 1996.
  159. Scrambling and quantifier float in German. Presented at the 26th annual meeting of the Northeastern Linguistic Society (NELS), Harvard and MIT. October 1995.
  160. MCat-PCat alignment and cyclic stress domains. Presented at Phonology Workshop, UCSC. April 1995.
  161. Noncrisp alignment: German [c,] and [x]. Presented at Trilateral Phonology Weekend (TREND), Stanford University. November 1994.