Colin P Davis
Linguistics PhD student at MIT

I am a 2nd year student, and my thing is syntax. I'm also interested in how syntax interacts with morphology and PF stuff. Some specific things I've spent time thinking about are locality of allomorphy, auxiliaries, case morphology, phases, clausal nominalization, and lately, linearization, possessor extraction, and expletives. I'm a fan of "Altaic" languages.

~ 2017 ~
  • In progress is a paper showing that English is really a possessor extracting language, with interesting restrictions and implications for pied-piping and the generation site of expletives.
  • Also on the way, a joint project with Justin Colley on morophosyntactic evidence that, contra analyses like A&A 1998, we need null expletives.
~ 2016 ~
  • At the Tu+2 workshop I presented me and Justin Colley's ongoing joint work on phase extension and Turkish nominalized clauses. 
  • At WAFL 12me and my MIT colleague Justin Colley presented a dependent case/phase extension analysis of case and agreement morphology in Turkish nominalizations. 
  • Also at WAFL 12, I spoke about locality constraints on copular allomorphy in North Azeri, extending to a puzzle about become in this language. 
~ 2015 ~
  • At the Tu+1 workshop on Turkish, Turkic and the languages of Turkey at UMass Amherst, I presented more about North Azeri auxiliaries and copulas.  
  • This is a short article covering the central argument of my BA thesis.
~ 2014 ~
  • This manuscript is an extension of my BA thesis, in which I argue for a unified account of nominalized clauses, auxiliaries, and copular allomorphy in North Azeri, based on my fieldwork with this language.
  • Sometime around here, I started to do linguistics. But should I have?