Dominique S p o r t i c h e
Department of Linguistics
Dominique Sportiche works on formal syntax. He has focused on the theory of constituent structure, and properties of the syntax/semantics interface (especially in French and the Romance languages) as they bear on the architecture of syntactic or grammatical theory and on cognition in general. He has published work on phrase structure, agreement, clitics, and reconstruction phenomena. His current theoretical interests and ongoing works include phrase structure and the functional sequence, the internal structure of VPs, reconstruction phenomena and the binding theory. From an empirical standpoint his work focalizes primarily on various aspects of the syntax systems of English, and of French and the Romance languages (complementizers, relative pronouns, reflexive constructions, binding theory). In recent years his work has extended to the relation between linguistic theory and (i) linguistic impairment (in Huntington's disease patients), (ii) very early acquisition of syntax and (iii) grounding theoretical choices in more systematic methods of data collection and control (particularly regarding the binding theory, and the French complementizer system).
Publications, Articles To Appear or (Downloadable) Manuscripts
Ø Anaphor Binding Domains (with Isabelle Charnavel)
Ø (to appear) Assessing Unaccusativity and Reflexivity, Using focus alternatives to decide what gets which theta role (in Linguistic Inquiry).
Ø (to appear) Binding Theory Structure Sensitivity of Referential Dependencies, in Lingua.
Ø (to appear) The que/qui Alternation: New Analytical Directions (with Hilda Koopman). to appear in P. Svenonius (ed.) Functional Structure from Top to Toe, Oxford University Press, New York.
Ø (to appear) Sportiche, D., H. Koopman and E. Stabler. Introduction to Syntactic theory and Analysis, in press, Blackwell Publishers.
Ø (to appear) as Sambin S., Teichmann M., Giavazzi M., Sportiche D., Schlenker P. & Bachoud-Levy A.C. The role of the striatum in sentence processing: Disentangling syntax from working memory in Huntington’s disease, in Neuropsychologia.
Ø (in press) French Reflexive se: Binding and Merge Locality, to appear in E. Aboh et al. (eds) Celebrating Locality, Oxford University Press.
Ø (2012) Re Re again (or what French re shows about VP structures, have and be raising and the syntax/phonology interface), in L. Brugè, A. Cardinaletti, G. Giusti, N. Munaro and C. Poletto (eds.) Functional Heads: The Cartography of Syntactic Structures, Volume 7, Oxford University Press, New York
Ø (2011) The van Riemsdijk Williams Paradox: in the Footsteps of de Fourier, these are slides of a talk given at the Parallel Worshop at USC in memory of Jean Roger Vergnaud.
Ø (2011) French Relative qui, Linguistic Inquiry 42(1), 83-124.
Ø (2011) Menace under the microscope: control and control shift in Jan-Wouter Zwart and Mark de Vries (eds.), Structure Preserved, John Benjamins, Amsterdam.
Ø (2008) The que/qui Alternation: New Analytical Directions (with Hilda Koopman). to appear, Oxford University Press.
Ø (2006) NP Movement: .
Ø (2005) Division of Labor between Merge and Move: Strict Locality of Selection and Apparent Reconstruction Paradoxes, in Proceedings of the Workshop Divisions of Linguistic Labor, The La Bretesche Workshop.
Ø (2005) "Cyclic NP Structure and the Interpretation of Traces" in Hans Broekhuis, Norbert Corver, Jan Koster, Riny Huybregts and Ursula Kleinhenz (eds.), Organizing Grammar: Linguistic Studies in Honor of Henk van Riemsdijk, Berlin/New York, Mouton de Gruyter.
Ø (2003) Reconstruction, Binding and Scope, ms. UCLA. Prepublication version. Appeared in Everaert, M., H, van Riemsdijk The Blackwell Companion to Syntax, Volume I-V, Oxford: Blackwell. (2006)
Ø (1998) Partitions and Atoms of Clause Structure, Routledge, London.
Ø (1998) “Pronominal Clitic Dependencies”, in Language Typology: Clitics in the European Languages, Henk van Riemsdijk, ed., Mouton de Gruyter, Berlin..
Ø (1997) “Subject Clitics in French and Romance, Complex Inversion and Clitic Doubling”, in Studies in Comparative Syntax, Kyle Johnson and Ian Roberts, eds., Kluwer Dordrecht, The Netherlands.
Ø (1995) “Sketch of a Reductionist Approach to Syntactic Variation and Dependencies “, in Evolution and Revolution in Linguistic Theory, H. Campos and P. Kempchinsky, eds., 356 - 398, Georgetown University Press
Ø (1995) "French Predicate le and Clausal Structure", in Small Clauses, A. Cardinaletti and M.T. Guasti, eds., Syntax and Semantics, volume 28, Academic Press, NY.
Ø (1995) "Clitic Constructions", Phrase Structure and the Lexicon, L. Zaring and J. Rooryck, 213-276, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht .
Ø (1995) Subject clitics in French and Romance: Complex inversion and clitic doubling. To appear in Studies in Comparative Romance Syntax, Kyle Johnson and Ian Roberts, eds. (Dordrecht: Kluwer)
Ø (1995) Pronominal clitic dependencies. To appear in Henk van Riemsdijk, ed., Language typology: Clitics in the European Languages (Berlin: Mouten de Gruyter)
Ø (1995) French predicate clitics and clause structure. To appear in Syntax and Semantics, vol. 28, Anna Cardinaletti and Maria Teresa Guasti, eds. (NY: Academic Press)
Ø (1994) with J. Aoun and E. Benmamoun "Agreement, Word Order and Conjunction in Several Varieties of Arabic", Linguistic Inquiry 25.2, 195-221.
Ø (1993) Sketch of a Reductionist Approach to Syntactic Variation and Dependencies, to appear in Evolution and Revolution in Linguistic Theory: Essays in Honor of Carlos Otero , H. Campos and P. Kempchinsky, eds., (Dordrecht: Kluwer).
Ø (1992) "Clitic", to appear in Phrase Structure and the Lexicon, L. Zaring and J. Rooryck, eds. (Bloomington, Indiana: IULC).
Ø This the handout of a talk given at MIT in 1998 presenting material taught at UCLA around 96-97. It builds on the previous but the basic idea that there is no process of head movement at all is explored a bit further: mittalk98.pdf
Ø A number of talks between 1996 and the present were given on reconstruction under A-movement. The content of these talks is now part of the 2005 paper: Division of Labor between Merge and Move. Here is a description of the general ideas: SplitDPsSplitVPs.pdf . Here are a couple of representative handouts and an abstract which people request from time to time: mittalk97.pdf , glow99abs.pdf , glow99ho.pdf
Ø lsrl94.pdf : This is the hand out of a talk given at the LSRL94 conference (Linguistic Symposium on Romance Linguistics) ( it was also presented at Cornell in 93): the basic idea is that there is no adjuncts or adjunction in syntax, only subjects and complements. It examines several different cases of putative adjunction, e.g. adverbs ( argues to be predicates of events, etc..), adjectives (ditto..), successive cyclic adjunction a la Barriers ( clausal structure has many more COMP positions than previously believed - based on agreement phenomena found in Kilega)...