Adam M Morgan
Language Production Lab
University of California, San Diego
a1morgan at ucsd dot edu
- I'm a 4th year PhD student working with Vic Ferreira in the Language Production Lab at UC San Diego. My field is language production: how humans translate from thought to language. My research is on where and how the brain represents the abstract structure of sentences (syntax).
- AM Morgan, M Wagers. English resumptive pronouns are more common where gaps are less acceptable.
Matt and I report a negative correlation between how much English speakers like the way a certain structure (a "filler-gap dependency") sounds, and how likely speakers are to use an alternative to that structure ("resumption") when speaking. On the basis of this finding, we argue that resumption is not grammatical in English, but the result of a speaker giving up on forming a complete filler-gap dependency.
- LE Clemens, J Coon, P Mateo Pedro, AM Morgan, M Polinsky, G Tandet, and M Wagers. Ergativity and the complexity of extraction: A view from Mayan. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 33.2: 417-476.
We report the result of an experiment testing how speakers of two ergative Mayan languages--Kaqchikel and Q'anjob'al--interpret relative clauses.
- M Polinsky, LE Clemens, AM Morgan, M Xiang, D Heestand. Resumption in English. Experimental Syntax and Island Effects, ed. Jon Sprouse.
We review the experimental and theoretical literature on resumptive pronouns in English and show that, in some islands, they do not constitute an improvement over gaps.
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