Zac Smith

Zac Smith
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.

Ph.D., Linguistics
Cornell University
August 2012-Present

B.A, English Linguistics and Spanish
Eastern Michigan University
May 2012

The Role of Phonesthemes in Shoegaze Naming Conventions.
| To Appear in Names: A Journal of Onomastics, early 2018.

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 2013

Teaching - Cornell Workshops Organized

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.

I have also contributed to Speculative Grammarian here and here.