Current projects

Below I briefly outline the research projects I am currently actively working on with my collaborators and students.

THE GRAMMAR OF ONEIDA (NORTHERN IROQUOIAN)

Together with my colleagues, Karin Michelson, I have been working on the morphology, syntax, and semantics of Oneida for the better part of ten years. Each year, we chip away at some aspect of this language's grammar and maybe some day, a more or less comprehensive grammar will emerge. This is what we are working on for the year 2019-2010

  • The grammar of negation: We are supposed to contribute a chapter in September 2019 for a book on the typology of negation. This is a topic we have worked on for several years (Karin more than me) and it is finally coming to fruition
  • Morphological parts of speech: We have been arguing for several years that, for the most part, Oneida's morphological parts of speech are "semantically transparent", i.e. reduce to either ontological categories (events/situations vs. objects/entities) or semantic types (monadic vs. dyadic predicates). We have interesting data on conversion in Oneida that supports that view and plan to submit a paper as close to the end of summer 2019 as possible

 

SETTING UP THE THRESHOLD FOR SCALAR PREDICATES: AN EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH