Visiting Assistant Professor of Syntax (2014-15)
BA in Linguistics, Cornell University
MA and PhD in Linguistics, UCLA
In his research, Byron Ahn investigates the inner workings of the syntactic component of Language, as well as how syntax and phonology interact so as to give the prosodic structures we observe in the output. His theoretical analyses are grounded in empirical observations from syntactic, semantic, and phonological data from a variety of languages. This approach is encapsulated in his dissertation, which argues for a model of reflexive syntax (and semantics), with new evidence from observed prosodic patterns in English. Other past and ongoing research investigates grammatical voice (e.g., active, middle, passive), Tongan syntax-prosody, Japanese case marking, emphatic reflexives, phrasal stress, and yes/no question melodies.
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