Steven L. Franks, Ph.D.
Professor, Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures
Adjunct Professor, Speech and Hearing Sciences
Russian and East European Institute faculty
Cognitive Science Program faculty
Office number: Ballantine Hall 853
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Degree: Ph.D., Cornell University, 1985.
Dissertation: "Matrices and Indices: Some Problems in the Syntax of Case."
Specialties/Research Interests: Comparative Slavic morphosyntax; syntactic theory.
My major research interests lie in syntactic theory, focusing on issues broadly related to case and clitics. Much of my work compares grammatical patterns within the closely related Slavic family, in order to uncover the parameters that delimit the range of possible variation. This research is conducted within the context of generative grammar.
The fundamental goal of linguistics as a cognitive science is to discover the nature of knowledge of language. I believe that coming to "know a language" involves the internalization of a system of rules (a grammar), and that by studying the properties of grammars we can learn about the structure of the human language faculty. A grammatical analysis is a theory of mind, making specific empirical claims about abstract mental representations. Facts garnered through introspection into native linguistic knowledge can be analyzed into grammatical systems, and these systems can be studied for general organizational principles. Linguistic theory thus defines a research program for investigating the language faculty, and this methodology for seeking the principles that regulate grammars currently provides one of our best avenues into the workings of the human mind.
Courses regularly taught:
- Language and thought.
- Comparative Slavic morphosyntax.
- Advanced Syntax.
- (forthcoming). A Bulgarian Solution to the Slavic Q Question?
- (2018). Person Feature Geometry and Pronominal Clitic Ordering Preferences
- (in press). PCC Violations and Their Resolutions. To appear in Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics: The Urbana-Champaign Meeting, ed. by T. Ionin & J. MacDonald.
- (2017). Syntax and Spell-Out in Slavic. Slavica Publishers.
- (2017). Slavic Generative Syntax. Journal of Slavic Linguistics 25.2: 199–239.
- (2016). Clitics are/become minimal(ist). In Formal Studies in Slovenian Syntax. In honor of Janez Orešnik, ed. by F. Marušič and R. Žaucer. John Benjamins, 91–27.
- (2015). Invariant –to in Bulgarian. In Studies in Accentology and Slavic Linguistics in Honor of Ronald F. Feldstein, ed. by M. Shrager et al. Slavica, 99–136. [with C. Rudin]
- (2015). Speculations on DP-structure: Macedonian versus Bulgarian. In Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics: The First Berkeley Meeting, ed. by M. Szajbel-Keck, R. Burns & D. Kavitskaya, 56–76.
- (2014). Cased PRO: From GB to Minimalism and Back Again. In New Insights into Slavic Linguistics, ed. by J. Witkoś & S. Jaworski. Peter Lang, 73–90.
- (2014). Agreement Strategies with Conjoined Subjects in Croatian. In New Insights into Slavic Linguistics, ed. by J. Witkoś & S. Jaworski. Peter Lang, 91–114. [with J. Willer-Gold]
- (2014). Multiattachment Syntax, “Movement” Effects, and Spell–Out. In Minimalism and Beyond: Radicalizing the Interfaces, ed. by P. Kosta, S. Franks, T. Radeva-Bork & L. Schürcks, Benjamins, 195–235.
- (2014). The Overgeneration Problem and the Case of Semipredicatives in Russian. In Advances in the Syntax of DPs. Structure, agreement, and case, ed. by A. Bondaruk, G. Dalmi & A. Grosu. Benjamins,13–59.
- (2014). Focusing on Irrealis Concessions. In Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics: The Hamilton Meeting, ed. by C. Chapman, O. Kit & I. Kučerová, 266–286. [with C. Rudin]
- (2014). The Slovenian Orphan Accusative, Empty Pronouns and Noun Phrase Structure. In The Nominal Structure: Slavic and Beyond (Studies in Generative Grammar), ed. by L. Schürcks, A.Giannakidou & U. Etxeberria. Mouton de Gruyter, 129–182.
- (2013). Bulgarian NEGO SI is a Balkan Anaphor. Linguistique balkanique 52:2/3, 3–28.
- (2013). Binding and Morphology Revisited. In Current Issues in Slavic Linguistics, ed. by I. Kor Chahine. Benjamins, 25–42.
- (2013). Orphans, Coordination, Doubling, Phases: On the Rise of DP in Slovenian. Slovenski jezik – Slovene Linguistic Studies 9, 55–92. [available @ http://hdl.handle.net/1808/11431]
- (2011). Dynamic Spell–Out as Interface Optimization. In Formalization of Grammar in Slavic Languages, ed. by P. Kosta & L. Schürcks, 127–163.
- (2010). On the Mechanics of Spell–Out. In The Sound Patterns of Syntax, ed. by N. Erteschik-Shir & L. Rochman. Oxford University Press, 110–139.