Adam Singerman

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Humanities Teaching Fellow
Rosenwald 205G
(773) 702-8522
Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2018
Teaching at UChicago since 2018
Research Interests: Morphosyntactic Theory, Typology, Fieldwork, Documentation, Amazonian Languages

Dr. Adam Singerman's research focuses on morphosyntactic variation and on the intersection between typology and formal theory. He conducts fieldwork on Tuparí, an endangered language spoken in the Brazilian Amazon. During the 2020 - 2021 academic year, he will write a comprehensive reference grammar of Tuparí on a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Recent Publications

Selected Articles/Chapters:

  • Singerman, Adam Roth. 2016. 'Nasal harmony and phonotactic well-formedness in Tupari.' International Journal of American Linguistics 82(4):453-485.
  • Singerman, Adam Roth. 2018. 'Negation as an exclusively nominal category.' Language 94(2):432-467.
  • Antonia Fernanda de Souza Nogueira, Nicole Soares-Pinto, Ana Vilacy Galucio, and Adam Roth Singerman. 2019. 'Termos de parentesco na família Tupari (Tupi) / Kin Terms in Tupari Family (Tupi).' Boletim do Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi, Ciências Humanas 14(1):33-64.
  • Singerman, Adam Roth. 2019. 'Non-witnessed evidentiality in Tuparí and its connection to resultative constructions in the perfect aspect.' International Journal of American Linguistics 85(3):401-445.

Recent Courses

Structure of Hungarian (LING 28310/LING 38310)

This course studies the structure of Hungarian, a non-Indo-European language spoken in the heart of Europe. The course objectives are for students (a) to learn about the major grammatical properties of Hungarian and (b) to see the ways that Hungarian has come to shape the development of contemporary linguistic theory. We will begin the quarter by discussing vowel harmony and other salient properties of the language's phonology, and will then move on to morphological questions (such as object agreement in verbal inflection) and syntactic ones (such as the interaction between word order and topic/focus). The final two weeks of the quarter will be reserved for discussion of topics of interest to the students, such as quantification or historical change. This course satisfies the non-Indo-European language requirement for Linguistics majors and Linguistics graduate students. Undergraduates should have taken Introduction to Linguistics and, if possible, one of the following: Introduction to Phonology, Introduction to Syntax, or Morphology.

Morphology (LING 21000)

Looking at data from a wide range of languages, we will study the structure of words. We will consider the nature of the elements out of which words are built and the principles that govern their combination. The effects of word structure on syntax, semantics, and phonology will be examined. We will think critically about the concepts of morpheme, inflection, derivation, and indeed, the concept of word itself.