David Embick's Abstracts/Manuscripts/Papers David Embick's Abstracts/Manuscripts/Papers

    -The Morpheme: A Theoretical Introduction (2015) Mouton de Gruyter, Boston and Berlin. (de Gruyter link)

      Abstract: This book develops a theory of the morpheme in the framework of Distributed Morphology. Particular emphasis is devoted to the way in which functional morphemes receive their phonological form post-syntactically, through the operation of Vocabulary Insertion. In addition to looking closely at syncretism, the primary motivation for Vocabulary Insertion, the book examines allomorphy, blocking, and other key topics in the theory of the morpheme.

    -Localism versus Globalism in Morphology and Phonology (2010) MIT Press, Cambridge, MA.(MIT Press link)

      Abstract: This book develops two major themes. First, I present a cyclic (phase-based) theory of syntax/morphology, and show how this theory provides an account of attested patterns of allomorphy in language. Second, I compare the predictions of this "Localist" type of theory with those of "Globalist" theories like Optimality Theory. Based on a number of case studies that center on Phonologically Conditioned Allomorphy, I argue that the Localist view is correct, and that this finding has important implications for grammatical theory.

Papers (and a few handouts)
  • Embick, D. and K. Shwayder (2017) `Deriving morphophonological (mis)applications', to appear in R. Petrosino, P. Cerrone, and H. Van Der Hulst (eds.) From Sounds to Structures: Beyond the Veil of Maya, Mouton de Gruyter. deriving-morphophono.pdf
  • Bacovcin, H. A., A. Goodwin Davies, R. Wilder, and D. Embick (2017) `Auditory Morphological Processing: Evidence from Phonological Priming', Cognition Volume 164, p.102-106. bgdwe17.pdf
  • Zellou G., D. Dahan and D. Embick (2017) `Imitation of coarticulatory vowel nasality across words and time', Language, Cognition, and Neuroscience 32:6, p. 776-791.. zde17.pdf
  • Embick (2016) `Approaching Polymorphy', Handout from a talk series, SADAF, Buenos Aires, December 2016. sadaf.pdf
  • Tamminga, M., L. MacKenzie, and D. Embick (2016) `The dynamics of variation in individuals', Language Variation . 16:2, 300-336. tamminga-etal-16.pdf
  • Embick, D. (2016)) 'On the targets of phonological realization'. In V. Gribanova and S. Shih eds. The Morphosyntax/Phonology Connection, Oxford University Press, p.255-283. (Uncorrected proof) embick-mspi-proof.pdf
  • Embick, D. (2016) 'On the distribution of stem alternants: Separation and its limits' In The morphome debate: Diagnosing and analyzing morphomic patterns edited by R. Bermúdez-Otero and A. Luís, p.276-305. embick-stem-alt16.pdf (uncorrected proof)
  • Embick, D. and D. Poeppel (2015) 'Towards a computational(ist) neurobiology of language; Correlational, integrated, and explanatory neurolinguistics' Language, Cognition, and Neuroscience 30:4, 357-366. embick-poeppel15.pdf
  • Brennan, J., Lignos, C., Embick, D., and T.P.L. Roberts (2014) 'Spectro-temporal correlates of lexical access during auditory lexical decision' Brain and Language 133, 39-46. sem-prime.pdf
  • Embick, D. (2014) 'Phase cycles, φ-cycles, and phonological (in)activity' In S. Bendjaballah, M. Lahrouchi, N. Faust, and N. Lampitelli eds. The form of structure, the structure of forms: Essays in honor of Jean Lowenstamm, John Benjamins, pp. 270-286. ph-cycle-sept.pdf
  • Embick, D. (2013) 'Locality across domains: From morphemes to structures to sounds' Handout of a talk given at NELS 44, October 2013. [Presents an overview and synthesis of some of my work on allomorphy and morphophonology.] nels-embick.pdf
  • Embick, D. (2013) 'Morphemes and morphophonological loci' In Distributed Morphology Today: Morphemes for Morris Halle, edited by A. Marantz and O. Matushansky, MIT Press. loci.pdf
  • Embick, D. (2012) 'Roots and features (an acategorial postscript)' In Theoretical Linguistics 38:1-2. chamorro-commentary.pdf
  • Embick, D. (2012) 'Contextual conditions on stem alternations: Illustrations from the Spanish conjugation' In I. Franco, S. Lusini and A. Saab eds. Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory 2010. Selected papers from 'Going Romance' Leiden 2010. John Benjamins. (uncorrected proof) span-stem-proof.pdf
  • Tavabi, K., D. Embick, and T.P.L. Roberts (2011) 'Word repetition priming-induced oscillations in auditory cortex: a magnetoencephalography study' NeuroReport 22(17). ter2.pdf
  • Tavabi, K., D. Embick, and T.P.L. Roberts (2011) 'Spectral-temporal analysis of cortical oscillations during lexical processing' NeuroReport 22(10). ter1.pdf
  • Embick, D. (2010) 'Stem alternations and stem distributions' [This draft from 2010 is a first attempt to work through some questions in morphophonology from the perspective a general theory of allomorphy. The contents are being reworked and remixed in some later publications (see above). I'm making this draft available in its original form (i.e., with many shortcomings) in the hopes that the overall perspective it offers will be of some interest.] stem-ms-10.pdf
  • Embick, D. (2009) 'Roots, States, and Stative Passives' Handout from a talk presented at the Roots Workshop, Stuttgart, June 2009. stut.pdf
  • Embick, D. and A. Marantz (2008) 'Architecture and blocking' Linguistic Inquiry 39:1. arch-block.pdf
  • Embick, D. (2008) 'Variation and morphosyntactic theory: Competition fractionated' In Language and Linguistics Compass 2/1. variation.pdf
  • Embick, D. (2007) 'Linearization and Local Dislocation: Derivational mechanics and interactions' Linguistic Analysis. lin.pdf
  • Embick, D. (2007) 'Blocking Effects and Analytic/Synthetic Alternations' Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 25:1. comparative-2007.pdf
  • Embick, D. and R. Noyer (2007) 'Distributed Morphology and the Syntax/Morphology Interface' In Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Interfaces) [Scan]: interface.pdf
  • Embick, D. and M. Halle (2005) On the Status of Stems in Morphological Theory. In T. Geerts and H. Jacobs eds. Proceedings of Going Romance 2003, John Benjamins. stem.pdf
  • Embick, D. and A. Marantz (2005) 'Cognitive Neuroscience and the English Past Tense: Comments on the Paper by Ullman et al.' Brain and Language 93. past.pdf
  • Poeppel, D. and D. Embick (2005) 'Defining the relation between linguistics and neuroscience' (2005) In A. Cutler ed. Twenty-first century psycholinguistics: Four cornerstones, Lawrence Erlbaum. lingneuro.pdf
  • Embick D. (2004) 'On the Structure of Resultative Participles in English' Linguistic Inquiry, 35:3. result.pdf
  • Embick, D. (2004) "Unaccusative syntax and verbal alternations" (uncorrected proof) unacc.pdf
  • Embick, D. and D. Poeppel (2003) Mapping Syntax Using Imaging: Prospects and Problems for the Study of Neurolinguistic Computation. In Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics. mappingsyntax.pdf
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