Ellen Woolford

Professor of Linguistics
Department of Linguistics
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003 USA
Phone: (413) 545-6841 
Email: woolford at linguist.umass.edu

Current Research Interests: Case and Agreement

Agreement in Syntax and PF, Theory and Typology of Ergativity, Locality Restrictions on Case and Agreement, Aspect Splits, Marked Objects, Person Hierarchy Effects, Portmanteau Agreement

Selected Papers

2014 Ergativity and Transitivity, revised manuscript, University of Massachusetts.
(to appear) Two Types of Portmanteau Agreement. In Advances in OT Syntax and Semantics. Eds. Geraldine Legendre, Michael Putnam, and Erin Zaroukian. Oxford University Press.  January 2014 manuscript (Paper presented at the Optimality Theory Workshop, Johns Hopkins University, November 2012.)
2013 (coauthored with Hans Broekhuis) Minimalism and Optimality Theory. Cambridge Handbook of Generative Syntax. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
2013 Aspect Splits and Parasitic Marking. In Linguistic Derivations and Filtering: Minimalism and Optimality Theory. Eds. Hans Broekhuis and Ralf Vogel. (Advances in Optimality Theory Book Series) London: Equinox Publishing.
2011 PF Factors in Clitic Series Selection in Tzotzil. In Representing Language: Essays in honor of Judith Aissen. Eds. Rodrigo Gutierrez Bravo, Line Mikkelsen, and Eric Potsdam. Linguistics Research Center, University of California, Santa Cruz. California Digital Library eScholarship Repository.
Link to download volume: http://escholarship.org/uc/item/0vf4s9tk.
2010 Active Stative Agreement in Choctaw and Lakota. ReVel 8: 6-46. (Revista Virtual de Estudos da Linguagem) Special Issue No. 4, Optimality Theoretic Syntax, edited by Gabriel de Ávila Othero and Sérgio de Moura Menuzzi.
            (The 2010 paper replaces two earlier manuscripts:
                        2008 Active Stative Agreement in Lakota. Ms. University of Massachusetts
                        2008 Is Agreement Really Independent of Case in Choctaw? Ms. University of Massachusetts)
2008 Aspect Splits and Parasitic Marking. In Hans Broekhuis and Ralf Vogel eds.,Optimality Theory and Minimalism: Interface Theories. Linguistics in Potsdam 28: 39-72.  (A revised version of this paper is Woolford 2013)
2008 Differential Subject Marking at Argument Structure, Syntax, and PF.  In Helen de Hoop and Peter de Swart eds., Differential Subject Marking, pgs. 17-40. Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, Springer.
2007 Introduction to OT Syntax. Phonological Studies 10: 119-134.
2007 Case Locality: Pure Domains and Object Shift. Lingua 117 (9): 1591-1616.   Special issue guest edited by Vieri Samek-Lodovici, Studies in OT Syntax and Semantics.    [Abstract]
2007 Aspect Splits as Contextual Markedness. Ms. University of Massachusetts. Rutgers Optimality Archive.   [Abstract]
2006 Lexical Case, Inherent Case, and Argument Structure. Linguistic Inquiry 37.1.  (20 pgs)    [Abstract]
2006 Case-Agreement Mismatches. In Cedric Boeckx ed. Agreement Systems, 317-339. John Benjamins.   [Abstract]
2003 Burzio's Generalization, Markedness, and Locality Constraints on Nominative Objects. In E. Brandner and H. Zinsmeister eds. New Perspectives on Case Theory, 301-329. Stanford CA: CSLI.
2003 Clitics and Agreement in Competition: Ergative Cross-Referencing Patterns. In A. Carpenter et al, eds, Papers in Optimality Theory II, 421-449. Amherst, MA: GLSA.
2003 Nominative Objects and Case Locality. In W. Browne et al. eds, Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics 11: 539-568. Ann Arbor: Michigan Slavic Publications.
2001 Case Patterns. In G. Legendre, S. Vikner and J. Grimshaw, eds. Optimality Theoretic Syntax,509-543. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press.
Earlier version available on Rutgers Optimality Archive (ROA-324):     Case Patterns Abstract        Case Patterns paper from ROA
2001 Conditions on Object Agreement in Ruwund (Bantu). In E. Benedicto ed. The Umass Volume on Indigenous Languages. University of Massachusetts Occasional Papers in Linguistics 20, 177-201. Amherst, MA: GLSA.
2000 Ergative Agreement Systems. University of Maryland Working Papers in Linguistics 10: 157-191.
2000 Agreement in Disguise. In Vicki Carstens and Frederick Parkinson, eds. Advances in African Linguistics, Trends in African Linguistics, No. 4, 103-117. Trenton, NJ : Africa World Press. 
2000 Object Agreement in Palauan. In I. Paul, V. Phillips and L. Travis, eds. Formal Problems in Austronesian Morphology and Syntax, 215-245. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers.  (go to 1995 version from UMOP 18)
1999 More on the Anaphor-Agreement Effect. Linguistic Inquiry 30: 257-287.
1999 Animacy Hierarchy Effects on Object Agreement. In Paul Kotey, ed. New Dimensions in African Linguistics. Trends in African Linguistics, No. 3, 203-216. Trenton, NJ : Africa World Press.
1997 Four-Way Case Systems: Ergative, Nominative, Objective and Accusative. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 15: 181-227.
(Correction: In example (8) on page 187: the dative/allative suffix in Nez Perce should be –px  (not -na).]
1995 Object Agreement in Palauan: Specificity, Humanness, Economy, and Optimality. In J. Beckman et al. eds. Optimality Theory. University of Massachusetts Working Papers in Linguistics 18, 655-700. Amherst, MA: GLSA.    (Earlier version on Rutgers Optimality Archive, ROA-55.)
1995 Why Passive Can Block Object Marking. In A. Akinlabi, ed. Theoretical Approaches to African Languages. Trends in African Linguistics, No. 1, 199-215. Trenton, NJ : Africa World Press. 
1993 Symmetric and Asymmetric Passives. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 11: 679-728.
1991 VP Internal Subjects in VSO and Non-Configurational Languages. Linguistic Inquiry 22: 503-540.

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Revised January 2014