Dana Isac, PhD
Associate Professor, Classics, Modern Languages and Linguistics
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.
PhD in Linguistics from the University of Bucharest (2000)
BA in English and French from the University of Bucharest (1998)
Research and teaching interests
- FQRSC. Interfaces dynamiques.(2010-14)
Principal investigator: Anne-Marie Di Sciullo. UQAM
- FQRSC 2009-12, individual research grant (nouveaux chercheurs)
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.
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.
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.
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.