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Ph.D. Alumni

Our department is centered on our students, and we are proud of our alumni. Browse their dissertations and achievements here.


Sooyoung Bae

Phoebe Gaston

Dissertation - The role of syntactic prediction in auditory word recognition
Chairs - Ellen Lau and Colin Phillips
Currently -  Postdoctoral researcher, Cognitive Neuroscience of Communication-Connecticut

Chia-Hsuan Liao

Dissertation - The Computation of Verb-Argument Relations in Online Sentence Comprehension
Chair - Ellen Lau
Currently -  Assistant Professor, Linguistics, National Tsing Hua University Taiwan (beginning 2021)

Gesoel Mendes

Dissertation - Investigations on Salvation and Non-salvation by Deletion
Chairs - Howard Lasnik and Norbert Hornstein


Maxime Papillon

Dissertation - Precedence-Relation Oriented Phonology
Chair - Bill Idsardi
Currently -  Postdoctoral researcher, Linguistics, Concordia University


Kasia Hitczenko

Dissertation - How to Use Context for Phonetic Learning and Perception from Naturalistic Speech
Chair - Naomi Feldman
Currently - Postdoctoral fellow, Linguistics, Northwestern University

Nick Huang

Dissertation - Variation and Learnability in Constraints on Wh-Movement
Chair - Colin Phillips, Howard Lasnik
Currently - Postdoctoral fellow, Linguistics, University of Connecticut (2019-2021); Lecturer, Department of English Language and Literature, National University Singapore (2021-)

Laurel Perkins

Dissertation - How Grammars Grow: Argument Structure and the Acquisition of Non-Basic Syntax
Chair - Jeffrey Lidz
Currently - Assistant Professor, Linguistics, UCLA

Alayo Tripp

Dissertation - An Affiliative Model of Early Lexical Learning
Chair - Naomi Feldman, William Idsardi
Currently - Postdoctoral researcher, Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences, University of Minnesota


Lara Ehrenhofer

Dissertation - Argument Roles in Adult and Child Comprehension
Chair - Colin Phillips
Currently - New Business Manager, Haus der Kommunikation, Berlin

Allyson Ettinger

Dissertation - Relating Lexical and Syntactic Processes in Language: Bridging Research in Humans and Machines
Chair - Colin Phillips, Philip Resnik
Currently - Assistant Professor, Linguistics, University of Chicago

Jeffrey Green

Dissertation - Adjunct Control: Syntax and Processing
Chair - Alexander Williams
Currently - Visiting Assistant Professor, Linguistics, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Anton Malko

Dissertation - The Role of Structural Information in the Resolution of Long-Distance Dependencies
Chair - Colin Phillips
Currently - Postdoctoral researcher, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (Australia)

Zach Stone

Dissertation - A Structural Theory of Derivations
Chair - Howard Lasnik
Currently - Teaching fellow, New York City Public Schools


Rachel Dudley

Dissertation - The Role of Input in Discovering Presupposition triggers: Figuring Out What Everybody Already Knew
Chair - Valentine Hacquard, Jeffrey Lidz
Currently - Postdoctoral researcher, Cognitive Science, Central European University

Chris Heffner

Dissertation - Language Science meets Cognitive Science: Categorization and Adaptation
Chair - Bill Idsardi, Rochelle Newman
Currently - Assistant Professor, Communication Disorders and Sciences, University at Buffalo

Dongwoo Park

Dissertation - When does Ellipsis Occur, and What is Elided?
Chair - Howard Lasnik, Omer Preminger
Currently - Assistant Professor, English Language and Literature, Korea National Open University

Zoe Schlueter

Dissertation - Memory Retrieval in Parsing and Interpretation
Chair - Ellen Lau
Currently - Postdoctoral researcher, Linguistics, Artic University of Norway at Tromsø (2019-)



Juliana Gerard

Dissertation - The Acquisition of Adjunct Control: Grammar and Processing
Chair - Jeffrey Lidz
Currently - Lecturer, Linguistics, School of Communication, University of Ulster

Shota Momma

Dissertation - Parsing, Generation and Grammar
Chair - Colin Phillips
Currently - Assistant Professor, Linguistics, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Carolina Petersen

Dissertation - On Experiencers and Minimality
Chair - Norbert Hornstein, Howard Lasnik


Dustin Chacón

Dissertation - Comparative Psychosyntax
Chair - Colin Phillips
Currently - Research scientist, New York University (NYU) Abu Dhabi

Sayaka Goto

Dissertation - A Theory of Generalized Pied-Piping
Chair - Howard Lasnik
Currently - Part-time Lecturer, Aoyama Gakuin University

Kaitlyn Harrigan

Dissertation - Syntactic Bootstrapping in the Acquisition of Attitude Verbs
Chair - Jeffrey Lidz
Currently - Lecturer of Psycholinguistics, Department of Psychology, College of William and Mary

Angela Xiaoxue He

Dissertation - Verb Learning under Guidance
Chair - Jeffrey Lidz
Currently - Assistant Professor, English, Hong Kong Baptist University

Yuki Ito

Dissertation - English ECM at the Interfaces
Chair - Howard Lasnik
Currently - Deceased

Naho Orita

Dissertation - Computational Modeling of the Role of Discourse Information in Language Production and Acquisition
Chair - Naomi Feldman
Currently - Junior Associate Professor, Faculty of Science and Technology, Tokyo University of Science

Aaron Steven White

Dissertation - Information and Incrementality in Syntactic Bootstrapping
Chair - Valentine Hacquard, Jeffrey Lidz
Currently - Assistant Professor, Linguistics and Data Science, University of Rochester


Kenshi Funakoshi

Dissertation - Syntactic Head Movement and its Consequences
Chair - Howard Lasnik
Currently - Lecturer, Mie University

Yakov Kronrod

Dissertation - Bayesian Model of Categorical Effects in L1 and L2 Speech Processing
Chair - Naomi Feldman
Currently - Data Scientist, Alexa Data Services

Sol Lago

Dissertation - Memory and Prediction in Cross-Linguistic Sentence Comprehension
Chair - Colin Phillips
Currently - Assistant Professor, Institute for Romance Languages and Literatures, Goethe University Frankfurt

Chris Laterza

Dissertation - Distributivity and Plural Anaphora
Chair - Paul Pietroski

Dan Parker

Dissertation - The Cognitive Basis for Encoding and Navigating Linguistic Structure
Chair - Colin Phillips
Currently - Assistant Professor, English and Linguistics, College of William and Mary

Megan Sutton

Alexis Wellwood

Dissertation - Measuring Predicates
Chair - Valentine Hacquard
Currently - Associate Professor, Philosophy, University of Southern California

Nuria Abdul-Sabur

DissertationThe Neural Mechanisms Supporting Structure and Inter-Brain Connectivity In Natural Conversation
Chair - Bill Idsardi, Al Braun (NIDCD) 
Currently - Scientific Manager, Global Solutions Network


Shannon Barrios

Dissertation - Similarity in L2 Phonology

Chair - William Idsardi

Currently - Assistant Professor, Linguistics, University of Utah

Wing Yee Chow

Dissertation - The Temporal Dimension of Linguistic Prediction

Chair - Colin Phillips

Currently - Lecturer [Asst. Prof.] in Experimental Linguistics, University College London

Ewan Dunbar

Dissertation - Statistical Knowledge and Learning in Phonology

Chair - William Idsardi

Currently - Assistant Professor, Department of French, University of Toronto

Michaël Gagnon

Dissertation - Anaphors and the Missing Link

Chair - Alexander Williams

Currently - Nuance Communications, Natural Language Understanding Engineer; Postdoctoral Fellow, Université du Québec à Montréal

Dave Kush

Dissertation - Respecting Relations

Chair - Colin Phillips, Jeffrey Lidz

Currently - Associate Professor, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim

Brooke Larson

Dissertation - The Syntax of Non-Syntactic Dependencies

Chair - Norbert Hornstein, Howard Lasnik

Currently - Visiting Assistant Professor, Linguistics, University of Iowa

Shevaun Lewis

Dissertation - Pragmatic enrichment in language processing and development

Chair - Colin Phillips

Currently - Assistant Director and Assistant Research Professor, Language Science Center, University of Maryland

Rebecca McKeown

Dissertation - A Movement Account of Long-Distance Reflexives

Chair - Norbert Hornstein

Heather Taylor

Dissertation - Grammar Deconstructed: Constructions and the Curious Case of the Comparative Correlative

Chair - Norbert Hornstein

Currently - Visiting Assistant Professor, Michigan State University, 2014-


Annie Gagliardi

Dissertation - Input and Intake in Language Acquisition

Chair - Jeffrey Lidz

Currently - Veterinary school

Terje Lohndal

Dissertation - Without Specifiers: Phrase Structure and Events

Chair - Paul Pietroski

Currently - Professor of English Linguistics, Department of Language and Literature, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim


Brian Dillon

Dissertation - Structured Access in Sentence Comprehension

Chair - Colin Phillips

Currently - Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics, UMass Amherst

Alex Drummond

Dissertation - Binding Phenomena within a Reductionist Theory of Grammatical Dependencies

Chair - Norbert Hornstein, Howard Lasnik

Currently - Software engineer, Circuit Hub

So-One Hwang

Dissertation - Windows into Sensory Integration and Rates in Language Processing

Chair - William Idsardi

Currently - Postdoc, UCSD

Maki Kishida

Dissertation - Reflexives in Japanese

Chair - Norbert Hornstein

Shiti Malhotra

Dissertation - Movement and Intervention Effects: Evidence from Hindi/Urdu

Chair - Norbert Hornstein, Howard Lasnik

Currently - Lecturer in Linguistics, Northeastern University

Ilknur Oded

Dissertation - Recalculating Adjunct Control

Chair - Howard Lasnik

Currently - Chairperson position at the Multi-Language Department, Defense Language Institute

Ariane Rhone

Dissertation - Multi-Level Audio-Visual Interactions in Speech and Language Perception

Chair - William Idsardi

Currently - Associate Research Scientist, Human Brain Research Laboratory, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Iowa

Joshua Riley

Dissertation - Self-Monitoring and Sensory Feedback in Disordered Speech

Chair - William Idsardi

Currently - Resident in General Psychiatry at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center/ Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic


Chris Dyer

Dissertation - A Formal Model of Ambiguity and its Applications in Machine Translation

Chair - Philip Resnik

Currently - Researcher, DeepMind; Assistant Professor, Language Technologies Institute and Machine Learning Department, Carnegie Mellon University (2012-)

Tim Hunter

Dissertation - Relating Movement and Adjunction in Syntax and Semantics

Chair - Amy Weinberg

Currently - Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics, UCLA

Johannes Jurka

Dissertation - The Importance of Being a Complement: CED Effects Revisited

Chair - Norbert Hornstein

Currently - Director of Refugee Home, Caritas Vienna, Austria

Akira Omaki

Dissertation - Commitment and Flexibility in the Developing Parser

Chair - Colin Phillips

Currently - Deceased; formerly Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics, University of Washington


Diogo Almeida

Dissertation - Form, Meaning and Context in Lexical Access: MEG and Behavioral Evidence

Chair - David Poeppel

Currently - Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, NYU Abu Dhabi

Atakan Ince

Dissertation - Dimensions of Ellipsis: Investigations in Turkish

Chair - Howard Lasnik

Currently - Academic Writing Instructor, Montgomery College; English Instructor, Virginia Tech; Turkish language instructor and materials developer, MultiLingual Solutions

Ellen Lau

Dissertation - The Predictive Nature of Language Comprehension

Chair - Colin Phillips

Currently - Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics, University of Maryland

Yuval Marton

Dissertation - Fine-Grained Linguistic Soft Constraints on Statistical Natural Language Processing Models

Chair - Philip Resnik

Currently - Postdoc, statistical machine translation, IBM

Philip Monahan

Dissertation - Neuromagnetic Evidence of Early Auditory Abstraction in the Perception of Speech and Pitch

Chair - William Idsardi, David Poeppel

Currently - Associate Professor, University of Toronto, Linguistics, and University of Toronto at Scarborough, Centre for French and Linguistics

Chizuru Nakao

Dissertation - Island repair and non-repair by PF strategies

Chair - Howard Lasnik and Norbert Hornstein

Currently - Lecturer (= Asst Prof.), Faculty of Foreign Languages, Daito Bunka University (2010-)

Eri Takahashi

Dissertation - Beyond Statistical Learning in the Acquisition of Phrase Structure

Chair - Jeffrey Lidz

Currently - Instructor, Department of Languages, Literatures & Linguistics, York University and Instructor, Seneca College


Stacey Conroy

Dissertation - The Role of Verification Strategies in Semantic Ambiguity Resolution in Children and Adults

Chair - Jeffrey Lidz

Currently - Founder and director of Fresh Stitches, crochet design company

Chunyuan Jing

Ivan Ortega-Santos

Dissertation - Projecting Subjects in Spanish and English

Chair - Juan Uriagereka

Currently - Associate Professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of Memphis

Clare Stroud

Dissertation - Structural and Semantic Selectivity in the Electrophysiology of Sentence Comprehension

Chair - Colin Phillips

Currently - Program Officer, National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine

Matt Wagers

Dissertation - The Structure of Memory Meets Memory for Structure in Linguistic Cognition

Chair - Colin Phillips

Currently - Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics, UC Santa Cruz


Pritha Chandra

Dissertation - (Dis)Agree: Movement and Agreement Reconsidered

Chair - Norbert Hornstein

Currently - Assistant Professor, Linguistics, IIT, Delhi

Takuya Goro

Dissertation - Language-Specific Constraints on Scope Interpretation in First Language Acquisition

Chair - Colin Phillips

Currently - Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics, Ibaraki University, Japan

Stephan Greene

Dissertation - Spin: Lexical Semantics, Transitivity, and the Identification of Implicit Sentiment

Chair - Philip Resnik

Currently - Senior Software Engineer, Natural Language Processing Group, ATG Inc.

Huan Luo

Dissertation - Tracking Sound Dynamics in Human Auditory Cortex: New macroscopic perspectives from MEG

Chair - David Poeppel

Currently - State Key Laboratory of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China

Lisa Pearl

Dissertation - Necessary Bias in Natural Language Learning

Chair - Amy Weinberg

Currently - Professor, Department of Language Science, UC Irvine

Jon Sprouse

Dissertation - A program for experimental syntax

Chair - Howard Lasnik

Currently - Professor, Department of Linguistics, University of Connecticut


Maria Chait

Dissertation - Auditory edge detection: the dynamics of the construction of auditory perceptual representations

Chair - David Poeppel

Currently - Senior Lecturer, The Ear Institute, University College London

Robert Fiorentino

Dissertation - Lexical Structure and the Nature of Linguistic Representations

Chair - David Poeppel

Currently - Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics, University of Kansas

Tomohiro Fujii

Dissertation - Some Theoretical Issues in Japanese Control

Chair - Howard Lasnik

Currently - Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education and Human Sciences, Yokohama National University

Scott Fults

Dissertation - The Structure of Comparison: An Investigation of Gradable Adjectives

Chair - Paul Pietroski

Currently - Principal Research Scientist (Computational Linguistics), Battelle Memorial Institute

Lydia Grebenyova

Dissertation - Multiple Interrogatives: Syntax, Semantics, and Learnability

Chair - Howard Lasnik

Currently - Assistant Professor, Department of English, Baylor University

Youngmi Jeong

Dissertation - The Landscape of Applicatives

Chair - Norbert Hornstein

Currently - Library Information Science program at Simmon's College

Utako Minai

Dissertation - Everyone Knows, Therefore Every Child Knows: Logico-semantic Competence in Child Language

Chair - Jeffrey Lidz, Paul Pietroski

Currently - Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics, University of Kansas

Hajime Ono

Dissertation - An Investigation of Exclamatives in English and Japanese: Syntax and Sentence Processing

Chair - Howard Lasnik

Currently - Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts, Tsuda College, Tokyo

Leticia Pablos

Dissertation - Pre-verbal Structure Building in Romance Languages and Basque

Chair - Colin Phillips, Juan Uriagereka

Currently - Researcher, Centre for Linguistics, Universiteit Leiden

Usama Soltan

Dissertation - On Formal Feature Licensing in Minimalism: Aspects of Standard Arabic Morphosyntax

Chair - Juan Uriagereka

Currently - Associate Professor, International Studies and Arabic, Middlebury College

Masaya Yoshida

Dissertation - Constraints and Mechanisms in Long-Distance Dependency Formation

Chair - Colin Phillips

Currently - Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics, Northwestern University


Ilhan Cagri

Dissertation - Minimality and Turkish Relative Clauses

Chair - Norbert Hornstein

John Drury

Dissertation - Alternative Directions for Minimalist Inquiry: Expanding and Contracting Phases of Derivation

Chair - Juan Uriagereka

Currently - Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics, Stony Brook University

Soo-Min Hong

Dissertation - "Exceptional" Case-Marking and Resultative Constructions

Chair - Norbert Hornstein

Nina Kazanina

Dissertation - The Acquisition and Processing of Backwards Anaphora

Chair - Colin Phillips

Currently - Senior Lecturer, Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Bristol

Luisa Meroni

Dissertation - Putting Children in Context

Chair - Stephen Crain

Currently - Assistant Professor, Department of Modern Languages, Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS

Nobue Mori

Dissertation - A Syntactic Structure of Lexical Verbs

Chair - Juan Uriageraka

Graciela Tesan

Dissertation - What do children have in their heads? Functional heads and parameter setting in child language

Chair - Rosalind Thornton

Currently - MEG Lab Manager, Macquarie Centre for Cognitive Science


Max Guimarães

Dissertation - Derivation and Representation of Syntactic Amalgams

Chair - Juan Uriagereka

Currently - Professor & Researcher, Federal University of Paraná, Brazil

Elixabete Murguia Gomez

Dissertation - Syntactic Identity and Locality Restrictions on Verbal Ellipsis

Chair - Juan Uriagereka & Amy Weinberg

Currently - Linguist Project Manager at Google near Madrid, Spain

Cilene Rodrigues

Dissertation - Impoverished Morphology and A-movement out of Case Domains

Chair - Norbert Hornstein

Currently - Professor, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Honorary Research Fellow, Linguistics, University College London

Itziar San Martin

Dissertation - On Subordination and the Distribution of PRO

Chair - Juan Uriagereka

Currently - Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Basque Country

Virginie van Wassenhove

Dissertation - Cortical Dynamics of Auditory-Visual Speech: A Forward Model of Multisensory Integration.

Chair - David Poeppel

Currently - Executive Director, NeuroSpin MEG Lab


Rachel Channon

Dissertation - Signs are Single Segments

Chair - Linda Lombardi

Currently - Independent Researcher


Juan Carlos Castillo

Dissertation - Thematic Relations between Nouns

Chair - Juan Uriagereka

Currently - Associate Professor, Department of Languages and Literatures, University of Northern Iowa

Acrisio Magno Gomes Pires

Dissertation - The syntax of gerunds and infinitives: Subjects, Case and Control

Chair - Norbert Hornstein

Currently - Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Yi-ching Su

Dissertation - Scope and Specificity in Child Language: A Cross-Linguistic Study on English and Chinese

Chair - Stephen Crain

Currently - Associate Professor, Graduate Institute of Linguistics, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan


Kleanthes K. Grohmann

Dissertation - Prolific Peripheries: A Radical View from the Left

Chair - Norbert Hornstein

Currently - Associate Professor, Department of English Studies, University of Cyprus


Jianxin Wu

Dissertation - Syntax and Semantics of Quantification in Chinese

Chair - Norbert Hornstein


Julien Musolino

Dissertation - Universal Grammar and the Acquisition of Semantic Knowledge

Chair - Stephen Crain

Currently - Associate Professor of Psychology, Rutgers University


Cristina Schmitt

Dissertation - Aspect and the Syntax of Noun Phrases

Chair - Juan Uriagereka

Currently - Associate Professor of Linguistics, Michigan State University


Jairo Nunes

Dissertation - The Copy Theory of Movement and Linearization of Chains in the Minimalist Program

Chair - Juan Uriagereka

Currently - Associate Professor of Linguistics, Universidade de Sao Paulo


Alan Munn

Dissertation - Topics in the Syntax and Semantics of Coordinate Structures

Chair - Norbert Hornstein

Currently - Associate Professor of Linguistics, Michigan State University