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Keynote Speakers

Michal Starke

Michal Starke received his PhD in 2001 from the University of Geneva (CH) and is currently Professor at Masaryk University, Brno (CZ). His research focuses on the implications of grammatical patterns for the modular architecture of the language faculty. He is the founder of the nanosyntactic framework, in which morphemes, rather than being the input to the syntax, interpret its output, obliterating the century-old debate about the primacy of morphemes versus words. Dr. Starke is also the initiator of the Eastern-European Generative Grammar summer school, which has been running for 25 years and has become an institution in the field. He also initiated and maintains the online open-access archive Lingbuzz, since 2000 an indispensable resource for knowledge dissemination in the field.

Lisa Levinson

Lisa Levinson received her PhD in 2007 from New York University and is currently on the faculty of the Linguistics Department at the University of Michigan, serving as a Lecturer III and Director of Undergraduate Research Experiences. Prior to moving to Michigan in 2019, she was an Associate Professor with tenure at Oakland University, where she joined the faculty in 2007. Her research focuses on morphosemantics and psycholinguistics, in particular with regard to the meaning and argument structure of verbs. Her work is characterized by the three-way balancing act between experimental (psycho- and neurolinguistic) work, a formally explicit semantics and a meticulous morphosyntactic realism. She has published in multiple volumes as well as the top-tier journals 'Syntax' and 'Natural Language and Linguistic Theory’.

Will Oxford

Will Oxford received his PhD in 2014 from the University of Toronto and is Associate Professor at the University of Manitoba. His primary research interest is complex agreement systems and their implications for theories of sentence structure, with a particular focus on crosslinguistic variation and diachronic change. He examines these issues through the lens of the Algonquian languages of North America, conducting fieldwork on Innu-aimun, Odawa, Oji-Cree, and Swampy Cree. He has published in the leading journals 'Language', 'Linguistic Inquiry', and 'Natural Language and Linguistic Theory', and in two handbooks of Indigenous languages. He also has experience in descriptive and community-oriented projects, including Innu dictionaries, and he recently spearheaded the creation of the online Database of Algonquian Language Structures.

Nancy Kula

Nancy Kula received her PhD from the University of Leiden (NL) in 2002 and is currently professor at the University of Essex (UK). Her research centrally focuses on Bantu languages, particularly on phonology butalso on the phonology-syntax interface and morphosyntax. She has worked on many topics in phonologyincluding nasalization, palatalization, spirantization, vowel harmony, strength relations, segmental structure,syllable structure, derived environments, licensing, tone, intonation and Element Theory. She has published ininternational journals including 'Phonology', 'The Linguistic Review', 'Lingua', 'Transactions of The PhilologicalSociety', 'Linguistic Analysis', and is a co-editor of The Continuum/Bloomsbury Companion to Phonology(2011/2013).

Keynote Speakers