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Richard Stockwell

Graduate student in Linguistics

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I am a fourth year graduate student in the Department of Linguistics at the
University of California, Los Angeles.

For Fall 2018, I am Research Assistant to Carson T. Schütze.


I (usually) work on syntax and its interface with semantics.

Current projects

Why can't you elide in a trivial conditional?
  • If he comes, he comes.
  • * If he comes, he does come.
Objectless Locative Prepositions in British English
  • The box with the papers in. - N.B. no it!
Trans-Atlantic dialect variation regarding:
  • (*)I haven't got to leave.
Free relatives (from the perspective of Minimalist Grammars)

Past projects

Participant switching verb-phrase ellipsis with symmetrical predicates
  • John wanted to dance with Mary; but Mary didn’t want to dance with John.
Possessive pronouns with personal names in North-West British English
  • Our John came for tea yesterday.
(Lack of) indexical shift in Kazan Tatar

Consonant copying in the phonology of a Tagalog language game, Tadbaliks


Chomskyan Labelling

Selected downloadable papers

For a full list, see my CV.

2018. A view of free relatives from Minimalist Grammars. (Berlin handout)

2018. Free relatives, feature recycling, and reprojection in Minimalist Grammars. ESSLLI Proceedings. (paper, pp. 258-269.)

2018. Ellipsis in tautologous conditionals. SALT 28. (poster)

2017/2016. VP ellipsis with symmetrical predicates. NELS 47. (proceedings offprint)

2017. Possessive preproprial determiners in North-West British English. BLS 43. (proceedings, pp. 301-315)

2017. Emergence of the faithful by consonant copying in a Tagalog language game. AFLA 24. (handout)

2016. Labelling in syntax. COPIL 9. (paper)

2016. Gerund imperatives. ConSOLE XXIV. (proceedings, pp. 282-296)

2015. Emergent syntax – insights from imperatives. MPhil thesis. University of Cambridge. (pdf)


rstockwell15 AT ucla DOT edu

Department of Linguistics
3125 Campbell Hall
Los Angeles