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Here I outline some of my more recent and ongoing projects. For a complete list of presentations, publications and other scholarly work please visit my CV

Dissimilation Effects and Syntactic Derivation

Punske, J. 2016. Dissimilation without constraints. Presented at the 10th Meeting of the Arizona Linguistics Circle. 4 December 2016.

I am currently working trying to account for various morpho-syntactic (haplological) dissimilation patterns (English doubl-ing, Ross 1972, Japanese Double-o, Harada 1973, etc.) in purely derviational not representational (constraint) based terms. This works builds extensively out of my work on irregularity.


Syntax and (Ir)regularity

Punske, J. 2016. Cyclicity versus Movement: English Nominalization and Syntactic Approaches to Morpho-phonological Regularity. Canadian Journal of Linguistics. (access required)

This paper presents an alternative analysis of syntax-based morphophonological regularity from Embick’s seminal (2010) cyclic head approach.  In this paper, I show that a cyclic head analysis faces considerable challenges when trying to account for (ir)regular morphology in certain forms of English nominalization. My movement based approach is also able to solve a longstanding puzzle in English nominalization concerning the availability of particles.

Functional Structure of Idioms (Collaborative work with Megan Stone)

Punske, J. & M. Stone. 2015. Inner Aspect and the Verbal Typology of Idioms. Presentation at BCGL 8: The Grammar of Idioms. Brussels, Belgium. 4 June 2015.

Punske, J. & M. Stone. 2014. Idiomatic expressions, passivization, and gerundization. Presentation at 88th Annual Meeting of the Linguistics Society of America. Minneapolis, MN. 3 January 2014. 

A long term collaborative project with Megan Stone (U. Arizona, U. Texas) where we build a functional typology of idiomatic expressions linking syntactic behaviors to particular functional structures.

Discussed in:

Harley, H. 2014. On the identity of roots. Theoretical Linguistics 40, 225-276. (external link, access required)

Stone, M. 2015. Systematic Flexibility in Verb-Object Idioms. Presentation at BCGL 8: The Grammar of Idioms. Brussels, Belgium. 5 June 2015.

van Cranenbroeck, J. 2014. On diagnosing complement-taking roots. Theoretical Linguistics 40, 361-373. (external link)

 Stress, Compounding and Distributed Morphology (Collaborative work with Scott Jackson)

Punske, J. & S. Jackson. 2017. The bifurcated nature of plural: Reconsidering evidence from English compounds. Presentation at the 43rd Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society. Berkeley, CA. 4 February 2017. Proceedings forthcoming. 

Jackson, S. & J. Punske. 2015. The structure and phonology of Persian compounds and ezafe in Distributed Morphology. Presentation at the 89th Annual Meeting of the Linguistics Society of America. Portland, OR. 11 January 2015.

Jackson, S. & J. Punske. 2013. Deriving English compound stress: insights from Distributed Morphology and multiple spell-out. Linguistic Analysis 38.3-4: 243-274. (Prepublished version available here

A long term collaborative project with Scott Jackson (U. Maryland) attempting to unify the semantics and phonology of compound structures cross linguistically couched in the frameworks of Distributed Morphology and Phase Theory. The initial paper (Jackson and Punske 2013) was published as part of a special issue of Linguistic Analysis on Universal Syntax and Parametric Phonology edited by Hisao Tokizaki and Yoshihito Dobashi. In that article, Scott and I examine the notion of compound stress and the challenges of defining compounds. (Note: we cite Harley's "Compounding in Distributed Morphology" as Harley (2011) which was the publication date of the paperback edition of the volume, it is more commonly cited as Harley (2009)-- the publication of the hardback edition.)

Since the 2013 paper, we have been working on extensions of the proposal in typologically distinct languages.  At the 2015 meeting of the Linguistic Society of America we presented an analysis of compound-like structures in Persian.  In this talk, we considered two analyses of Persian nominal modification (Ghaniabadi 2010; Kahnemuyipour  2014) and showed that our phase-based account of stress assignment was consistent with the Roll-Up Movement analysis of Kahnemuyipour.

A recent relevant survey can also be found here (access required):

Punske, J. 2016. Compounding. Language and Linguistics Compass. 10.8: 382-393

Verb Particle Constructions

Punske, J. 2013. Three forms of English verb particle constructions. Lingua 135: 155-170. (access required)

This work, drawn from my dissertation, deals with a set of apparent counter examples to Harley's (2007) analysis of bipartite Latinate verbs in English which should not co-0ccur with particles(i.e, explain away).  To solve this problem, I propose that some Small Clause particles can select for and embed Roots, showing that, when combined with Wurmbrand's (2000) Complex Head and Small Clause structures, (at least) three particle structures are available in English.

Other Work

Harley, H. & J. Punske. 2015. Some PP modifiers of NP block relative readings in superlativesSnippets 29: 5-6. 

Punske, J.  2014. Functional Items in Nominals. For: Andrew Carnie, Dan Siddiqi and Yosuke Sato (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Syntax. Routledge. Review of the volume


Cedar Lake Dam, near Carbondale in Spring of 2015.

Cedar Lake Dam, near Carbondale in Spring of 2015.