Interface Research Group
Bringing together research projects of faculty and students with a diverse range of interests and expertise, the Interface Research Group focuses on understanding the interfaces between phonology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics. Many phenomena which have been studied only in terms of the syntax/phonology interface or the syntax/semantics interface may well be better viewed from the broader standpoint of incorporating the full range of interface connections in the grammar – phonology/syntax/semantics all being implicated. We are thus concerned with the issue of the overall structure of the grammar and the interaction of its various components, as manifested in phenomena such as cliticization, focus and information structure, intonation, the syntax of the left periphery.
We are also committed to employing multiple sources of evidence in our investigations. Experimental studies and corpus-based research figure prominently in our work, utilizing the resources of the Cornell Phonetics Lab, as well as resources at our collaborating labs.