Colin P Davis
Linguistics PhD student at MIT

I am a 3rd year student, and I do syntax. While I have some latent interests in morphology, my present work focuses on movement. I'm interested in the successive-cyclicity of A'-movement, and its interaction with pied-piping and linearization, as well as constraints on extraction generally, in particular extraction out of nominals.

  • In progress is a paper showing that for some speakers, informal English can extract pre-nominal possessors, but in interestingly restricted ways, which inform us about constraints on linearization and stranding.
  • In progress is a paper showing what the constraints on stranding at phase edges tell us about phase theory, and the nature of movement operations. This was presented at ECO-5 at UConn, and will be again at 2018 LSA annual meeting.
  • Initialized: Some work on the relation between agreement and extraction from nominal phrases, with Kenyon Branan.
    • 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. 
    • 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.
    • 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?