Julie Anne Legate
PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2002
I am currently the Undergraduate Chair for Linguistics.
My office hours (as of September 2012) will be Thursdays 1:20-3:20.
610 Williams Hall
Department of Linguistics
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104
jlegate standard-preposition ling.upenn.edu
My research is in syntactic theory, and the syntax and morphology of
endangered/understudied/typologically interesting languages. I have
secondary research interests in language acquisition.
- Recursion in Warlpiri. This is older work, but again topical. Here is
the core of an argument for clausal recursion in and embedding of finite
clauses in Warlpiri: Clausal
Recursion and Embedding in Warlpiri. In a slightly different form,
it appears buried in section 3.2 of my 2011 paper in Syntax :
Warlpiri Wh-Scope Marking
- Under-Inheritance, whereby the A-features fail to be inherited by T,
versus Over-Inheritance, whereby both the A- and A'- features of C are
inherited by T. Here's a recent NELS talk:
- Restrictive Phi, whereby phi-features restrict rather than saturate
the argument position. This permits a precise theoretical understanding
of the so-called pronoun-agreement ``cline'': pronoun > clitic >
restrictive phi > agreement. A poster from the 50 years of
Linguistics at MIT scientific reunion is
here . For details on the Acehnese, see below.
- Passive agreement in Acehnese (Malayo-Polynesian): (i) I argue that
Acehnese has a passive where the voice morpheme registers features of
the agent; (ii) I develop an analysis in terms of features that restrict
the argument position; (iii) I argue for an analysis of the passive
whereby it includes the agent-introducing head, but the agent's argument
position is existentially closed (contra ``Smuggling''). See
below for the 2012 Language paper and here for a recent NELS talk (on
Acehnese, Indonesian and Smuggling): The
Structure of Implicit Agents in Passives
- Acquisition of metrical stress in the presence of exceptions (with
Charles Yang). Email us for a draft. Also, here's a poster from
the 50 years of Linguistics at MIT scientific reunion:
Learning Metrical Stress Unsanitized .
- Syntactic ergativity in Dyirbal, which argues for abstract Case in
the syntax: here's an LSA talk: Dyirbal
- 2012. Subjects in Acehnese and the
Nature of the Passive. Language 88.3.
- 2010. On how how is used instead
of that . Natural Language and Linguistic
- 2008. Morphological and Abstract Case.
Linguistic Inquiry 39.1.
- 2008. Warlpiri and the Theory of Second
Position Clitics. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory
- 2007. (with
Charles Yang) Morphosyntactic
Learning and the Development of Tense. Language
- 2005 Split Absolutive In Alana Johns,
Diane Massam, and Juvenal Ndayiragije,
Ergativity: Emerging Issues. Kluwer. (link is to
(This is sometimes cited as 2003 Split Ergativity in Warlpiri)
- 2005. (with
Charles Yang) The richness of the
poverty of the stimulus at the LSA Institute,
Happy Golden Anniversary, Generative Syntax Workshop
- 2005 Phases and Cyclic Agreement In Martha McGinnis &
Norvin Richards (eds.), Perspectives on Phases . MITWPL.
- 2003 Some Interface Properties of the
Phase. Linguistic Inquiry 34.3.
- 2003 The Morpho-Semantics of Warlpiri
Counterfactual Conditionals. Linguistic Inquiry 34:1.
- 2003 The Configurational Structure of a
Nonconfigurational Language. Linguistic Variation Yearbook.
- 2002.(with Charles
Yang) Empirical Re-Assessment of
Stimulus Poverty Arguments.
Linguistic Review 19, 151-162.
- 2002. My dissertation: Warlpiri:
- 1999 The Morphosyntax of Irish Agreement.
In Karlos Arregi,
Benjamin Bruening, Cornelia Krause, and Vivian Lin (eds), Papers
on Morphology and Syntax, Cycle One. MITWPL. (link is to