lisa levinsonAssociate Professor, Graduate Advisor
Linguistics Department
Oakland University
1023 Human Health Building
Rochester, MI 48309
levinson [AT] oakland . edu

Research (cv)

One way to describe the focus of my research is as 'morphosemantics'. I want to better understand what the atomic units of compositional semantics are, and the extent to which those atomic units can be mapped to atomic morphosyntactic constituents. In my recent work, I've been pursuing the hypothesis that morphology is akin to syntax, in the tradition of Distributed Morphology, and exploring the predictions this makes for compositional semantics at the morphological level. To this end, I am working to integrate the study of lexical and 'subatomic' meaning into the fold of formal semantics. I'm also pursuing psycholinguistic and neurolinguistic approaches to investigating related questions of lexical representation.

Selected Writings

If you would like a copy of any papers not linked to below, please e-mail me at the address above.

  • to appear. Semantic Domains for Syntactic Word Building. in The Oxford Handbook of Event Structure, edited by Robert Truswell, Oxford University Press.
  • with Jonathan Brennan, 2016. The Costs of Zero-Derived Causativity in English: Evidence from Reading Times and MEG. in Morphological Metatheory, edited by Daniel Siddiqi and Heidi Harley, John Benjamins Publishing.
  • The Ontology of Roots and Verbs. in The Syntax of Roots and the Roots of Syntax, edited by Artemis Alexiadou, Hagit Borer, and Florian Schäfer, Oxford University Press.
  • Arguments for pseudo-resultative predicates. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, Volume 28.1.
    Published version if you have online access to NLLT, or pre-publication version. Please cite the published version.
  • Possessive WITH in Germanic: HAVE and the Role of P. Syntax, Volume 14.4.
    Published version if you have online access to Syntax, or pre-publication version. Please cite the published version.
  • The Roots of Verbs. NYU Dissertation, August 2007.
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Selected Presentations

If you would like a copy of any handouts or posters not linked to below, please e-mail me at the address above.

  • The Morphesemantics of (Anti-)Causative Alternations. 2012 LSA Annual Meeting, January, 2012.
  • Diagnosing the Causative-Inchoative Alternation. Structuring the Argument, Paris, September 2011.
  • The Costs of Zero-Derived Causativity in English: Evidence from Reading Times and MEG. (with Jonathan Brennan). Structuring the Argument, Paris, September 2011.
  • The Costs of Silent Causativity: Evidence from Reading Times and MEG (with Jonathan Brennan). CUNY 2010 Conference on Human Sentence Processing, March 18, 2010. poster
  • The Behavioral and Neural Correlates of Silent Causativity in Verbs (with Jonathan Brennan). 2010 LSA Annual Meeting, January 9, 2010.slides
  • Words in Idioms and Idioms in Words. Colloquium, Wayne State University, September 25, 2009.
  • Verb Classes and the Ontology of Roots. Roots: Word formation from the perspective of core lexical elements, Universität Stuttgart, June 11, 2009.
  • On Null Causativization. In Search of Meaning, Ohio State University, October 18, 2008.
  • Deriving Verb Classes: Where Root Semantics Meets Syntax. Verb Concepts, Montréal, October, 2008.
  • Pseudo-resultatives and Root Creation Verbs. Syntax Series, University of Michigan. April 11, 2008.
  • Deriving Verb Classes: Where Root Semantics Meets Syntax. Colloquium, Michigan State University. March 14, 2008.
  • Different Results. Michigan Linguistics Society 37th Annual Meeting, November 10, 2007.
  • The Roots of Verbs. 2007 LSA Annual Meeting, January 5, 2007.
  • On the Ontology of Category-Neutral Roots. CUNY Syntax Supper (Invited Talk), September 19, 2006.
  • Finding arguments for pseudo-resultative predicates. GLOW 29, April 6-8, 2006.
  • Finding arguments for pseudo-resultative predicates. Penn Linguistics Colloquium, February 24-26, 2006.
  • Having Three HAVEs. CUNY Syntax Supper (Invited Talk), October 12, 2004.
  • HAVE minus BE equals P. 19th Annual Comparative Germanic Syntax Workshop, June 3-5, 2004.
  • To in two places and the dative alternation. Penn Linguistics Colloquium, February 27-29, 2004.

Teaching

I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in general linguistics, semantics, syntax, psycholinguistics, and sociolinguistics.

All course information can be found on Moodle.