Indiana University Bloomington

Steven L. Franks, Ph.D.

Professor, Slavic Languages and Literatures
Professor, Linguistics
Adjunct Professor, Speech and Hearing Sciences
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Slavic Linguistics

Steven L. Franks

Office number: Memorial Hall 322
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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. 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.

Courses regularly taught:

  • Structure of Russian 2.
  • Comparative Slavic morphosyntax.
  • Syntax.
  • Advanced Syntax.