Cara DiGirolamo is a graduate student in the Department of Linguistics at Cornell University. She is currently working on her dissertation, which investigates how Middle Welsh pronouns reveal the deep connection between cliticization and head-movement. Her research interests range from historical information structure, to neologism formation in Internet English, to the pragmatics of deontic modality, to the rhyming structure of Japanese rap music. She is interested in any question where untidy language data show the dynamic interaction between people and linguistic systems.


- (2018-projected). Word Order and Information Structure in the Würzburg Glosses. Word Order ChangeVol 14 of Oxford Studies in Diachronic and Historical Linguistics. Oxford University Press: Oxford.

- (2012). The Fandom Pairing Name: Blends and the Phonology-Orthography Interface. Names: A Journal of Onomastics. Vol. 60 No. 4, December 2012, 231-43. [View PrePub Version Here]

Dissertation-projected defense date June 2017

The Curious Case of the Weak Pronoun Primary advisor, John Whitman

Research in Progress

- (January 11, 2015). Redefining the Weak Pronoun. Presented at the LSA in Portland, Oregon.

- (December 7, 2014). The Curious Case of the Weak Pronoun. Presented at the Informal Workshop in Syracuse, New York.

- (September 19, 2014). Weak Pronouns in Middle and Modern Welsh. Presented at the Welsh Syntax Workshop in Leiden, the Netherlands.

- (May 19, 2013). “A Contextual Analysis of Old Irish Fronting Structures,” at the 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

- (July 6, 2012) -- and Sarah Courtney. (poster). Discourse Constraints in Old Irish. Presented at the 14th Diachronic Generative Syntax conference in Lisbon, Portugal.

- (in prep). Nemfulachtae: The Syntax of the Old Irish Verbal Complex. Manuscript. Cornell University.

- (manuscript). beki & hou-ga ii: Deontic and Priority Modals in Japanese. Manuscript. Cornell University.


For the Knight Institute, I developed and taught a course called Translation & Writing - a freshman writing seminar which brings together Linguistics, Literary Theory, Philosophy, and Computer Science.

In Cornell University's Department of Communication I was a teaching assistant for an advanced writing course, and taught two sections of COMM 2010 Oral Communication.

Work Experience

I have been the assistant managing editor for two linguistics journals: Linguistics Vanguard and Korean Linguistics. During the inception of Linguistics Vanguard I assisted the editorial board in creating an efficent, modern and streamlined process for the journal, and managed their social media.

Other Interests

I am also an avid writer of fiction and a graduate of Odyssey Writing Workshop, class of 2015. An announcement of my first fiction sale should (hopefully) appear here soon--once I get the contract! I will be on a panel at the Spring Writes writing convention in Ithaca, NY, on May 7, 2017.