Zac Smithzcs5@cornell.edu Ph.D. Student Cornell University Linguistics Department
My research interests are rooted in the syntax, semantics, and their interface. I am currently working on issues related to the syntax and semantics of transitivity and adverbial modification, specifically in Middles and Tough Constructions. I have also worked on the semantics of negation and anaphora licensing.
I also used to lead Cornell's syntax reading group (SynCirc), where grad students present and discuss current research across a variety of topics and formalisms.
Education Ph.D., Linguistics Cornell University August 2012-Present
B.A, English Linguistics and Spanish Eastern Michigan University May 2012
Publications The Role of Phonesthemes in Shoegaze Naming Conventions. | To Appear in Names: A Journal of Onomastics, early 2018.
Presentations The Role of Phonesthemes in Shoegaze Naming Conventions. | ICOS 2017 (International Congress of Onomastic Science): Debrecen, Hungary. August 2017. Continuations for Head-Internal Relative Clauses in Japanese. [poster] | Cornell Workshop on Relative Clauses: Relatives in East Asia and Beyond: Ithaca, NY. November 2015. For-phrases in Middle Constructions as Low Benefactives. [poster] | LSA Annual Meeting: Portland, OR. January 2015.
Invited Talks Formal Languages & the Chomsky-Schützenberger Hierarchy | Linguist List Summer Colloquium Series, June 2013Teaching - Cornell
Fun Stuff I made a map called The Cartography of the Derivation (.pdf). It is a full-color map crammed full of bad syntax puns. Contact me if you would like a high-quality pdf in any particular size.