Featured Research

Ramchand, Gillian. to appear (2018). Situations and Syntactic Structure. MIT Press Monographs.

In this monograph, I propose a new way of thinking about semantic composition to derive the typological facts concerning the ordering of elements in the verbal extended projection, using the English auxiliary system as the main empirical ground. The progressive, passive, perfect and modal auxiliaries are each treated in turn in their own chapter. The theory involves rethinking the semantic ontology to derive typological meaning layering. The crucial elements are: reification of the linguistic symbol and the utterance event, and a strict separation between spatiotemporally innocent meaning postulates and information related to instantiation.   A prepublication pdf of the monograph can be found here. pdf

Ramchand, Gillian. 2017. The Event Domain. in Roberta D’Alessandro and Irene Franco (eds.) The Verbal Domain. Oxford University Press.pdf   blurb

Lundquist, B. et al. 2016. Anticausatives are semantically reflexive in Norwegian, but not in English. GLOSSA: a journal of General Linguistics. 1(1):47 1-30.  pdf  

More generally on this topic, see: The Transitivity Alternations Project

Ramchand, Gillian and Peter Svenonius. 2014. `Deriving the Functional Hierarchy’. Language Sciences. volume 46: 152-174.  pdf

Ramchand, Gillian. 2014.  `Structural Meaning and Conceptual Meaning in Verb Semantics’ . Linguistic Analysis. Volume 39: 211-247. pdf

Ramchand, Gillian. 2014.  `Causal Chains and Instrumental Case in Hindi/Urdu’ in  B. Copley and F. Martin (eds.). Causation in Grammatical Structures. Oxford University Press.  pdf

Ramchand, Gillian. 2014. `Deriving Variable Linearization’. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory.  32(1) pg 263-282

Ramchand, Gillian. 2013. `Argument Structure and Argument Structure Alternations’. in M. den Dikken (ed.) Cambridge Handbook of Generative Syntax. CUP. pdf