Research

I believe that successful and constructive research in Linguistics begins with a strong base in typology and cross-linguistic variation with thorough analysis of the details. The questions that interest me most are the challenging ones.

I have research interests in Syntax, Semantics, Morphology, Typology, Historical Linguistics, Psycholinguistics and Language Acquisition.

For more information, see the pages on: Pseudocoordination (for my dissertation), Serial Verb Constructions and other topics in Typology, Age Effects in Language Acquisition, and my Other Projects.

Publications
Journal Articles

Hock, H. H., & Ross, D. (2016). “South Asian ‘Agreeing Verb Constructions’: Serial Verbs, Compound Verbs, Pseudocoordination, or what?”. Linguistic Analysis 40.3-4: 337-376.
Ross, D. (2015). “What can Faroese pseudocoordination tell us about English inflection?”. LSO Working Papers in Linguistics, University of Wisconsin-Madison 10. http://hdl.handle.net/2142/89801
Ross, D. (2014). “El origen de los estudios sobre la pseudocoordinación verbal” [The origin of research on verbal pseudocoordination]. Diálogo de la Lengua 6. Available at http://www.dialogodelalengua.com/articulo/numero6.html.
Ross, D. (2013). Dialectal variation and diachronic development of try-complementation. Studies in the Linguistic Sciences: Illinois Working papers 38: 108-147. Available at http://hdl.handle.net/2142/46461.

 

Book Chapters

Ross, Daniel. (forthcoming). Linearization in syntax: minimal Minimalism and arbitrary constructions. In P. Herbeck, N. Tschugmell, & J. Wolf (Eds.), Living Economies: Efficiency, Grammatical Theories and Language Processing (Linguistische Arbeiten). De Gruyter Verlag.
Ross, Daniel. (forthcoming). Modification as a universal property of intelligent communication. In D. Vakoch (Ed.), Cognition and Communication in Extraterrestrial Intelligence. SETI (The Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence).
Ross, Daniel. (2016). Between coordination and subordination: typological, structural and diachronic perspectives on pseudocoordination. In F. Pratas, S. Pereira, C. Pinto (Eds.), Coordination and Subordination: Form and Meaning – Selected Papers from CSI Lisbon 2014 (pp. 209-243). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Ross, Daniel. (2014). The importance of exhaustive description in measuring linguistic complexity: The case of English try and pseudocoordination. In F. J. Newmeyer & L. B. Preston (Eds.), Measuring Linguistic Complexity (pp.202-216). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

 

Conference Proceedings

Ross, Daniel. (2016). Going to Surprise: the grammaticalization of itive as mirative. In J. Woźny (Ed.), Online proceedings of Cognitive Linguistics in Wrocław Web Conference 2016 (17 pages). Wrocław: Polish Cognitive Linguistics Association & University of Wrocław. https://sites.google.com/site/coglingwroc2

Ross, Daniel. (2015). Stretching corpora to their limits: research on low-frequency phenomena. In F. Formato & A. Hardie (Eds.), Corpus Linguistics 2015 Abstract Book (pp.283-286). Lancaster University, UK. http://ucrel.lancs.ac.uk/cl2015/

Conference Presentations

December 2017: A Cross-Linguistic Quantitative Survey of Associated Motion and Directionals. To be presented at the international workshop on Associated motion at the 12th Conference of the Association for Linguistic Typology, Canberra, Australia. [Data handout + abstract]

December 2017: A cross-linguistic perspective on Echo-Subject marking in Vanuatu. To be presented at the 12th Conference of the Association for Linguistic Typology, Canberra, Australia.

September 2017, with Ksenia Shagal: How similar are converbs and participles cross-linguistically? To be presented at the workshop on Participles: Form, Use and Meaning at the 50th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE 2017), Zurich, Switzerland.

September 2017, with Ksenia Shagal: Ergativity in Europe? Participles in periphrastic constructions. To be presented at the workshop on Participles: Form, Use and Meaning at the 50th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE 2017), Zurich, Switzerland.

August 2017: Pseudocoordinación del tipo tomar y en Eurasia: 50 años después [Pseudocoordination with take and in Eurasia: 50 years later]. To be presented at Lingüística Coseriana VI, Lima, Peru.

May 2017: Oligosynthetic Serial Verb Constructions in Natural Languages. Presented at the Fourth Annual UC Davis Symposium on Language Research, Davis, California.

May 2017: Pseudocoordination, Multiple Agreement Constructions, and Morphosyntactic Variation. Presented at the Workshop on Pseudo-Coordination and Multiple Agreement Constructions, Venice, Italy.

May 2017, with Helge Lødrup: SIT as a progressive marker in pseudocoordination? Presented at the Workshop on Pseudo-Coordination and Multiple Agreement Constructions, Venice, Italy.

April 2017. Conventionalization of grammatical anomalies through linearization. Presented at Illinois Language and Linguistics Society (ILLS) 9 at UIUC.

December 2016: Going to Surprise: the grammaticalization of itive as mirative. Presented at Cognitive Linguistics in Wrocław Web Conference 2016, Wrocław, Poland (online).

August 2016: Delimiting and Demystifying Switch-Reference: on distinguishing form and function. Presented at Syntax of the World’s Languages VII, Mexico City.

August 2016: Associated Motion, Direction, Orientation and Location: A Typology of Verbal Deixis. Presented at the workshop on The co-expression of motion and non-motion events at Syntax of the World’s Languages VII, Mexico City.

August 2016: Expressing adverbial relations in clause linkage with converbs: definitional and typological considerations. Presented at the workshop on Adverbial relations and clause linkages at Syntax of the World’s Languages VII, Mexico City.

May 2016: Switch-Reference Marking as an Areal Phenomenon. Presented at the Third Annual UC Davis Symposium on Language Research, Davis, California.

May 2016: Modification as a universal property of intelligent communication. Presented at the National Space Society’s 35th Annual International Space Development Conference (ISDC), 2016: SETI plenary session, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

August 2015: Pseudocoordination as a cross-linguistic strategy for verb serialization. Presented at the 11th Biennal Conference of the Association for Linguistic Typology, Albuquerque, University of New Mexico.

July 2015: Linearisierung in der Syntax: Minimaler Minimalismus und arbiträre Konstruktionen [Linearization in syntax: minimal Minimalism and arbitrary constructions]. Presented at ‘Living Economies: Efficiency, Grammatical Theories and Language Processing’ at Romanistentag, Mannheim, Germany.

July 2015: Stretching corpora to their limits: research on low-frequency phenomena. Presented at Corpus Linguistics 2015, Lancaster University, UK.

May 2015: Using Machine Translation to Enable Highly Multilingual Scholarship. Presented at MTMA 2015: the First Machine Translation Marathon in the Americas, at UIUC.

May 2015, with Michelle Patiño and Leslie del Carpio: Memory effects in acquisition: Age Effects via cognitive development. Poster presented at the SLATE Graduate Research Symposium at UIUC.

April 2015, with Ryan Grunow, Kelsey Lac, George Jabbour and Jack Dempsey. Serial Verb Constructions: a distributional and typological perspective. Presented at Illinois Language and Linguistics Society (ILLS) 7 at UIUC.

April 2015, with Michelle Patiño, Leslie del Carpio and Sara Londono. Memory effects in acquisition: Age Effects via cognitive development. Poster presented at Illinois Language and Linguistics Society (ILLS) 7 at UIUC.

April 2015: What can Faroese pseudocoordination tell us about English inflection? Presented at the Workshop in General Linguistics (WIGL) 12, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

March 2015: Locating Associated Motion: an underdescribed morphological category. Presented at the Sixth Biennial Meeting of the Rice Linguistics Society, Rice University, Houston, Texas.

February 2015: How language linearizes syntactic structure. Presented at the 16th Szklarska Poręba Workshop, Poland.

May 2014: Between coordination and subordination: typological, structural and diachronic perspectives on pseudocoordination. Presented at Coordination / Subordination in Lisbon, University of Lisbon.

November 2013: The effect of age and memory on sensitivity to novel input in acquisition. Presented at Second Language Research Forum (SLRF) 2013, Brigham Young University.

August 2013: Measuring cross-sectional age effects using oral repetition. Presented at LACUS 2013, Brooklyn College, NY.

July 2013: Try and: the development of subordination out of coordination. Part of discussion panel: Clause boundaries and peripheries from a diachronic perspective. Presented at the Workshop on Interfaces at the Left Periphery, at the LSA Summer Institute, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.

May 2013: Age, Memory and the Ability to Learn Languages. Poster presented at the SLATE Graduate Research Symposium at UIUC.

April 2013: Verbal pseudocoordination in English and Germanic. Presented at Germanic Linguistics Annual Conference (GLAC) 19, University at Buffalo.

April 2013: Dialectal variation and the diachronic development of try-complementation. Poster presented at Illinois Language and Linguistics Society (ILLS) 5 at UIUC.

April 2013: Age, memory and flexibility in language acquisition. Presented at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s 2013 Spring Colloquium.

March 2013: Factors affecting flexibility in language acquisition. Presented at Purdue University’s 2013 Graduate Student Symposium on Second Language Studies & English as a Second Language.

November 2012: A proposal for a dichotomy in the core of Arabic syntax. Presented at ISSL (Illinois Symposium on Semitic Linguistics) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

May 2012: Measuring ability to acquire novel variation in L2 Spanish. Poster presented at the SLATE Graduate Research Symposium at UIUC.

March 2012: Complexity as detail and the case of pseudocoordination in English. Presented at the Formal Linguistics and the Measurement of Grammatical Complexity Workshop at the University of Washington.

 

Other Talks

September 2017: A typological perspective on the morphosyntax of pseudocoordination. Invited Seminar at KU Leuven, Belgium.

March 2015, with Lane Schwartz: Workshop on using Machine Translation to access research in unfamiliar languages for academic purposes. Presented at UIUC.

November 2013, with Ed Schade: Object-Oriented Semantics: a visual approach to meaning. Presented at the Syntax and Semantics Reading Group at UIUC.

May 2013: UC Davis Linguistics Club undergraduate alumni talk on research and life as a graduate student. Presented at UC Davis.

 
Books
Ross, Daniel & Ross, Karesa. 2011. Beginning English. Machala: Provincial Government of El Oro, Ecuador.

 

 

Qualifying Exam Papers

Ross, Daniel. (2013). Verbal Pseudocoordination in English: A syntactic analysis with reference to diachronic, dialectal and cross-linguistic variation (Qualifying Exam Paper, Department of Linguistics). University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Available at http://hdl.handle.net/2142/42581
Ross, Daniel. (2013). The effects of age and memory on the ability to adjust to novel (artificial) dialect forms for L1 Spanish speakers (Qualifying Exam Paper, Department of Linguistics). University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Available at http://hdl.handle.net/2142/42580

 

Awards

2013: $2000. “Age and Memory Effects on Flexibility in Language Acquisition.” Cognitive Science/Artificial Intelligence Award from the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

2013, with Dr. Tania Ionin:  $1500. “Acquisition of novel linguistic forms by child and adult learners.” SLCL Initiative on Undergraduate Research (PITA), the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.