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Dana Isac, PhD

Associate Professor, Classics, Modern Languages and Linguistics

Office: S-FB 801-25 
Faubourg Building,
1250 Guy
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2489
Email: dana.isac@concordia.ca

My current research focuses on the syntactic and semantic properties of the different major clause types (Declaratives, Interrogatives, Imperatives and Exclamatives). In 2008 I published I-language: An Introduction to Linguistics as Cognitive Science  (Oxford University Press) with Concordia colleague Charles Reiss,  and I am currently working on a new monograph entitled The Morphosyntactic Ingredients of Force.  In 2006 I published a paper on the semantic nature of the determiner the. I manage an unruly household of four, including another linguist, a young child and a young adult.         
       

Education

PhD in Linguistics from the University of Bucharest (2000)
BA in English and French from the University of Bucharest (1998)

Research and teaching interests

Comparative syntax
Syntax-semantics interface
Syntax-phonology interface
Cognitive Science

Research groups

  • FQRSC. Interfaces dynamiques.(2010-14)
    Principal investigator: Anne-Marie Di Sciullo. UQAM

Grants

  • FQRSC 2009-12, individual research grant (nouveaux chercheurs)


Selected publications

Books

2008. with Charles Reiss. I-language. An Introduction to Linguistics as a Cognitive Science. Oxford University Press.

2007. (co-editor).  Pitar Mos: A Building with a view. Papers in honor of Alexandra Cornilescu. Bucharest University Press.

Refereed Articles

2008. `The Split DP hypothesis : evidence from Ancient Greek’. With Allison Kirk. Rivista di Grammatica Generativa

2008. `The asymmetry of Merge’.  With Anna-Maria Di Sciullo. Biolinguistics, vol 2, no. 4, p.260-290.

2008. `Movement chains at the interfaces’. With Anna-Maria Di Sciullo. Canadian Journal of Linguistics, issue no. 53.2/3 (July/November 2008), p. 1001-1037.

2006. `In defense of a quantificational account of definite DPs’. Linguistic Inquiry. 37.2. p.275-288.

Book chapters

2005. `Depictives: Syntactic and Interpretive Asymmetries’. in  UG and External Systems, ed. by Anna-Maria Di Sciullo and R. Delmonte. John Benjamins. p.3-26.

2004. `Focus on Negative Concord’. Romance Languages and Linguistic Theories, ed. by Reineke Bok-Bennema, Bart Hollebrandse, Brigitte Kampers-Manhe and Petra Sleman. John Benjamins, Amsterdam and Philadelphia, p.119-140.

2004. `Romance and `something else'’, with Charles Reiss. Romance Languages and Linguistic Theories, ed. by Reineke Bok-Bennema, Bart Hollebrandse, Brigitte Kampers-Manhe and Petra Sleman. John Benjamins, Amsterdam and Philadelphia, p.141-162.

2004. `Mood and Force Features in the Languages of the Balkans’. With Edit Jakab. In Balkan Syntax and Semantics, ed. by Olga Miseska Tomic. John Benjamins. Amsterdam and Philadelphia, p.315-339.

Conference papers

2010. Number dis(agreement). Bucharest Working Papers in Linguistics.

2007. Quantifier-variable relations in Romanian prepositional phrases. Bucharest Working Papers in Linguistics. Vol IX. No 1. p. 148-160.

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