Alice L. Davison

Alice L. Davison
Associate Professor
PhD, University of Chicago, 1973
566 English-Philosophy Building
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Research Interests: 

syntax, semantics, pragmatics, Hindi-Urdu and other South Asian languages

Recent Presentations:

  • 2014 Reversible and non-reversible dative subjects: a structural account.Conference on Formal Analyses of South Asian Languages-4, Rutgers U., March 28-29 2014.
  • 2013  Syntactic structure and modality in Hindi-Urdu. Paper  presented at the meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Boston, January 3-6, 2-13.
  • 2013   Varieties of control in South Asian languages: a paradoxical situation for UG. Paper presented at Formal Approaches to South Asian Languages, U.S.C., March 2013.
  • 2012    Reversible and non-reversible dative subjects. Workshop on South Asian Linguistics, Yale. U., September 28-30, 2012.
  • 2011    Control and non-control: the mysterious case of dee-naa in Hindi-Urdu. Formal     Approaches to South Asian Languages, University of Massachusetts, March 2011.
  • 2011    Non-finite complements and modality in dee-naa ‘allow’ in Hindi-Urdu. Finiteness in       South Asian Languages, University of Tromsø, Norway, June 9-10.
  • 2011    Control and non-control: the mysterious case of ‘allow’ in Hindi-Urdu.   South Asian Language Analysis Roundtable Conference, Mysore (India), January 2011.
  • 2011    Forward and backward control: A South Asian perspective. Plenary talk, South Asian Language Analysis Roundtable Conference, Mysore (India), January 6, 2011.
  • 2010    Long-distance agreement and restructuring. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, January 9, 2010.
Current Research Projects: 
  • The syntax of Hindi-Urdu and linguistic parameters.

  • Backwards and forward control in South Asian Languages: implications for the theory of control.

  • Dative subjects in Hindi-Urdu and other South Asian languages.

  • Is there obligatory A’ movement in Hindi-Urdu?

  • Conditions on Case marking.

  • Related verb sets in Hindi-Urdu: a database.

Recent Publications: 
  • To appear: ‘Brief overview of generative and reference resources in South Asian languages.’ In E. Bashir, H.H. Hock and K.V. Subbarao (eds.) The Languages and Linguistics of South Asia. Berlin: Mouton DeGruyter.
  • 2015 Hindi/Urdu: central syntactic issues. In Tibor. Kiss and Aretmis. Alexiadou (eds.)Syntax– Theory and Analysis. An International Handbook. Handbooks of Linguistics and Communication Science. 42.1-3. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • 2014 Non-finite complements and modality in dee-naa ‘allow’ in Hindi-Urdu. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 32.1, 137-154.
  • 2013 Empty categories in the Hindi-Urdu binaa participle clause. Lingua Posnaniensis. 55.2, 25-40.
  • Dependent structural case and the role of functional projections, In R.M.Q Rapksha et al. (eds.) Dakkhina: essays in honor of James Gair. Colombo: Godage International Publishers, 183-206.
  • 2009. "The lexical specification of correlative clauses in old and modern Indic languages." In Fifth Asian GLOW Conference (Generative Linguistics in the Old World). Mysore: Central Institute of Indian Languages, pp. 1-19.
  • 2009. "Adjunction, features and locality in Sanskrit and Hindi/Urdu correlatives." In Aniko Liptak (ed.) Correlatives. John Benjamins (Series: Language Faculty and Beyond. Internal and External Variation in Linguistics).
  • 2009. "Correlative clause features in Sanskrit and Hindi/Urdu." In P. Crisma and G. Longobardi, (eds.) Historical Syntax and Linguistic Theory. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • In press "Hierarchical structure and linear order: correlative clauses in Hindi/Urdu." In C.P. Masica (ed.), Papers from the 2003 ICOSAL Meeting, Moscow State University. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, pp. 211-245.
  • 2008 "A case restriction on control: implications for movement". Journal of South Asian Linguistics. Center for the Study of Language and Information.
  • 2007 "Word order, parameters and the Extended COMP Projection." In J. Bayer, Tanmoy Bhattacharya and Hany Babu (eds.), Linguistic Theory and South Asian Languages. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, pp. 175-198.
  • 2005 "Phrasal predicates: How N combines with V in Hindi/Urdu." In Tanmoy Bhattacharya (ed.) Yearbook of South Asian Languages and Linguistics. Berlin: Mouton DeGruyter, pp. 83-116.
  • 2004a "Structural case, Lexical case and the verbal projection." In V. Dayal and A. Mahajan (eds), Clause Structure in South Asian Languages. Dordrecht: Kluwer, pp. 199-225.
  • 2004b "Non-nominative subjects in Hindi/Urdu: VP structure and case parameters." In P. Bhaskararao and K.V. Subbarao (eds.), Non-nominative Subjects, Volume 1. Amsterdam: Benjamins, pp. 141-168.
  • 2002 "Agreement features and projections of TENSE and ASPECT." In R. Singh (ed), Yearbook of South Asian Languages and Linguistics. Delhi: Sage Publications, 27-57.
  • 2001a "Ergative case licensing, agreement and reflexive binding." In Anvita Abbi, R.S. Gupta and Ayesha Kidwai (eds), Linguistic Structure and Language Dynamics in South Asia. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass.
  • 2001b "Long-distance anaphora in Hindi/Urdu." In P. Cole, G. Hermon and J. Huang (eds), Long Distance Anaphors. Irvine, CA: Academic Press, 47-82.

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