On December 6, Jake Vincent successfully defended his second qualifying paper. His committee was Matt Wagers (chair), Ivy Sichel, and Grant McGuire. The paper, entitled “Relative clause subextraction in English,” uses experimental methodologies to show that there appear to be some systematic exceptions to the idea that relative clauses are always strong islands in English. It shows that in both existential and predicate nominal environments, relative clauses are significantly more transparent to extraction than in transitive object environments. Congratulations, Jake!
Undergraduate linguist Paula Ledesma recently earned an Undergraduate Research Fellowship from The Humanities Institute at UCSC for her project entitled “Clitic placement and clitic climbing in Spanish.” Her advisor is Jorge Hankamer. Congratulations, Paula!
The Humanities Institute at UCSC recently highlighted Syntax-Prosody in OT, a project spearheaded by UCSC linguists Nick Kalivoda and Jennifer Bellik, as well as UCSC undergraduate linguists Alyssa Scarsciotti, Andrew “Wayne” Holmes, Sam Gillespie, and Hoa Nguyen. The project is funded by an NSF Grant awarded to Junko Ito and Armin Mester. You can find the article and learn more about SPOT here.