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.