Erik Zyman

Postdoctoral Fellow, Instructor in Linguistics
Rosenwald 224C
(773) 702-8522

I’m a tenure-track faculty member in the Department of Linguistics. My research is in theoretical syntax, and it’s driven by the following questions:

(1) What principles, elementary operations, and atomic elements determine how lexical items can and can’t be combined to form larger syntactic units?

(2) Which of those are universal, which vary from language to language, and why?

(3) What are their cognitive (and other) underpinnings?

I’m interested in many syntactic processes and phenomena: (External and Internal) Merge, constituency, selection, projection, adjunction, clause structure and functional sequences, “wordhood” and (anti)mirror effects, syntax/semantics interface operations, and more.

In short, I seek to characterize the elementary operations that build syntactic structures and to determine why they have the properties they do. I’ve worked on English, Latin, P’urhepecha, and Teotitlán del Valle Zapotec.