Jason Merchant

Vice Provost for Academic Affairs; Lorna Puttkammer Straus Professor, Department of Linguistics and Humanities Collegiate Division
Rosenwald 205C
(773) 702-8523

My primary research area is syntax and its interfaces with morphology and with semantics. Much of my work has concentrated on elliptical phenomena, and in exploring the kinds of ontological questions that ellipsis requires answers to: whether there are phonologically inactive words and phrases, what the representation of variables can be, and where in our theory of human grammars such elements must be posited. These issues speak to the organization of the mental lexicon, but also to questions of how varieties of meaning are represented on the semantic and philosophical side. My primary languages of investigation are the Germanic languages and Greek, with excursions into Slavic and Romance (including fieldwork on Vlach) and others, including work with bilingual children and adults. Jointly with other colleagues, I have worked on the psycholinguistics of ellipsis, and on corpus linguistics applied to historical semantics and legal interpretation. 

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  • PhD, UC-Santa Cruz, 1999
  • BA, Yale University, 1991