s200_teresa.o_neill

I am a PhD Candidate in Linguistics at the CUNY Graduate Center working on the syntax of copular sentences like He ate too much pie is what he ate, where the copula is shows different behavior than it does in typical sentences like Her car is blue. In my dissertation, I develop a unified account of these oddly-behaving copulas that has implications for the theory of what makes a proposition finite. I argue that finiteness does not depend on tense, even in a tensed language like English.

I am also interested in the syntax and semantics of tense, and study the syntax and semantics of event anchoring in tensed and so-called tenseless languages.

I work as an adjunct lecturer in the New York City area, and have taught courses in linguistics, T.E.S.O.L., Spanish, English composition, and interdisciplinary humanities.

 

 
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