Research

I am a fourth year graduate student at UMD studying under Howard Lasnik, focusing in syntax and mathematical linguistics.

Current research

My main interests are in formal properties of syntax, and what they tell us about the architecture of the language faculty. In particular, my research has been directed at describing representations of sentences precisely, using abstractions of traditional mathematical objects that transparently have "spatial" structure.

This spatial structure generalizes part-whole relations between constituents to capture relations between phrases (like complementation, specification, and adjunction), feature-configurations (like agreement), projection and endocentricity, and other basic properties of syntactic objects using a uniform technique. We can develop formal technology for representing workspaces and their construction, syntactic operations, and many other important constructions with syntactic objects internal to these spatial categories.

Formal write-ups of the models I work with can be provided on request. I have presented this research as part of S(yntax/Semantics)-Lab.

A draft of my 895 (PhD qualifying paper) can be found here under password protection. Contact me for access.

Slides from the 895 defense can be found here.

My empirical interests are centered around ECM/small clauses/ILP-SLP distinction/and categorical-thetic judgment distinction.

Past research

As an undergraduate at NYU, I did research in case theory, concerning lexical case in Icelandic.

I can be reached at zstone (at) umd (dot) edu.

1407D Marie Mount Hall