Cara DiGirolamo is a graduate student in the Department of Linguistics at Cornell University. Her research interests range from Information Structure in historical corpora, to neologism formation in Internet English, to the question of truth in deontic modality. She is interested in any question where untidy language data shows the dynamic interaction between people and linguistic systems. She is currently working on syntactic contrasts between long and short forms of pronouns in Welsh, Old Japanese and Old Irish.


- (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]

Research in Progress

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

- (December 7, 2014). The Curious Case of the Weak Pronoun. To be 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.

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

- (in review). Word Order and Information Structure in the Wurzburg Glosses. Manuscript. Cornell University.

- (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.