The University of Iowa

William D. Davies

William Davies
Professor and DEO
PhD, University of California-San Diego, 1981
553 English-Philosophy Building
Office Hours: 
In Indonesia
Research Interests: 
Syntax, morphology, Madurese, Indonesian languages, Choctaw
Current Courses: 

Course #




 103:200 Proseminar: Morphosyntax                 402 EPB  F 9:30-10:20
103:201 Introduction to Syntax 402 EPB TTh 9:30-10:45
Current Research Projects: 
Recent Publications: 

In press. “Toward a Unified Analysis of Crossed Control,” Proceedings of the Twentieth Annual Conference of the Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association. (with Eri Kurniawan and Ari Natarina)

2013. “Language Conflict and Language Rights: The Ainu, Ryūkyūans, and Koreans in Japan,” Japan Studies Review 17:3-27. (with Stanley Dubinsky)

2013. “Movement and Locality in Sundanese Wh-questions,” Syntax 16:111-147. (with Eri Kurniawan)  Abstract

2010. A Grammar of the Madurese Language. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

2010.  “Up to D[eb]ate on Raising and Control, Part 1: Properties and Analyses of the Constructions,” Language and Linguistics Compass 4: 390-400. (with Susannah Kirby and Stanley Dubinsky)

2010.  “Up to D[eb]ate on Raising and Control, Part 2: The Empirical Range of the Constructions and Research on their Acquisition,” Language and Linguistics Compass 4: 401:416. (with Susannah Kirby and Stanley Dubinsky)

2009.  “Methodological Thoughts from the Linguistic Field,” Kata 11:18-38.

2009.  “On the Existence (and Distribution) of Sentential Subjects,” Hypothesis A/Hypothesis B: Linguistic Explorations in Honor of David M. Perlmutter, ed. by Donna Gerdts, John Moore and Maria Polinsky, pp. 111-128.  Current Studies in Linguistics 49.  Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. (with Stanley Dubinsky) 

2008. “Madurese Reflexives with Reference to Malay/Indonesian,” Lingua 118:1603-1616.

2007.  “Looking Out Over the Horizon,”  New Horizons in the Analysis of Control and Raising, pp. 3-12.  Dordrecht: Springer-Verlag. (with Stanley Dubinsky)

2007. New Horizons in the Analysis of Control and Raising. Dordrecht: Springer-Verlag. (edited with Stanley Dubinsky)

2006. "The Place, Range, and Taxonomy of Control and Raising," Syntax 9:111:117. (with Stanley Dubinsky)

2006. "Sentential (and Other Non-nominal) Subjects in English," Studies in Modern Grammar 45:1-32. (with Stanley Dubinsky)

2005. "Madurese Prolepsis and Its Implications for a Typology of Raising," Language 81:645-665.

2005. "The Richness of Madurese Voice," The Many Faces of Austronesian Voice Systems: Some New Empirical Studies, ed. by I Wayan Arka & Malcolm Ross, pp. 193-216. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.

2005. "Madurese Control," Kata 7:48-63.

2005. "The Structure of Javanese And Madurese Determiner Phrases," Proceedings of the Twelfth Annual Conference of the Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association, 57-72. (with Craig Dresser) Abstract

2004. The Grammar of Raising and Control. London: Blackwell Publishers. (with Stanley Dubinsky)

2003. "Raising (and Control)." State of the article for GLOT International 7:230-243. (with Stanley Dubinsky)

2003. "Extreme Locality in Madurese wh-Questions," Syntax 6:237-259. Abstract

2003. "On Extraction from NPs," Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 21:1-37. (with Stanley Dubinsky) Abstract

2002. "What Madurese Can Tell Us About Other Languages and What Other Languages Can Tell Us About Madurese," Kata 4:80-95.

2001. Objects and Other Subjects: Grammatical Functions, Functional Categories, and Configurationality. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Press. (edited with Stanley Dubinsky)

2001."Against Raising in Madurese (and Other Javanic Languages)," Papers from the 36th Regional Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society, 57-69.

2000. "Events in Madurese Reciprocals," Oceanic Linguistics 39:123-143. Abstract

1999. "Madurese and Javanese as Strict Word Order Languages," Oceanic Linguistics 38:152- 167. Abstract