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Associate Professor at Linguistics & TESOL
701 Planetarium Place (Box 19559)
MIT
PhD
Linguistics
UC Santa Cruz
BA
Linguistics
August 2015
Ongoing
Associate Professor
Univresity of Texas, Arlington
January 2009
Ongoing
Assist Professor
The University of Texas at Arlington
January 2008
January 2009
Visiting Assistant Professor
Reed College
January 2007
January 2008
Visiting Lecturer
UC Berkeley
January 2005
January 2007
Postdoctoral Fellow
McGill
July 2004
Ongoing
Membership
Linguistics Society of America
July 2004
Ongoing
Membership
Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association
Syntactic theory; interface between syntax-phonology, syntax-semantics, and syntax-morphology; typology; Austronesian languages

My primary research interest lies in syntax and its interfaces and is built upon careful description and analysis of Tagalog (Austronesian), which I have studied through sustained fieldwork over the past ten years. While my research to date has touched upon on a variety of topics, some overlapping but others quite independent, the underlying goal of all of my work in the broadest sense has been to meld a long-standing tradition in Linguistics of rigorous descriptive work and attention to detail with the analytical approaches and insights of modern generative linguistics. Current topics of research include: Syntactic theory (Formal Syntax), the syntax of Austronesian languages (especiallyTagalog), word order, argument structure,  interfaces between syntax and phonology, and syntax and semantics.

Intonation, adjunction and verb-initial word order in Tagalog
Journal Article
Submitted
2016
Specificity and Objecthood in Tagalog In Journal of Linguistics, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0022226716000025 (50 pages)
Journal Article
Published
2014
Word Order and Prosodic Structure Constraints in Tagalog.  In Syntax: A journal of theoretical, experimental, and interdisciplinary research. Vol 17: 1, pp. 40-89. 
Journal Article
Published
2014
Right Node Raising: An Overview In Language and Linguistic Compass, Vol 8:1, pp. 24-35
Journal Article
Published
2011
Adjectival Passives and the Structure of VP in Tagalog. In Lingua 121, pp. 1424-1458. 
Journal Article
Published
2009
Existential Sentences in Tagalog. In Natural Language & Linguistic Theory 27:5, pp. 675-719. 
Journal Article
Published
2009
The Category of Predicates and Predicate Phrases in Tagalog.  In Theoretical Linguistics 35.1 (2009): 153-166.
Journal Article
Published
2008
Right Node Raising and Extraction in Tagalog. In Linguistic Inquiry 2008, 39 (3).
Journal Article
Published
2007
Ordering and Linearizing Rightward Movement. In Natural Language & Linguistic Theory 25.2 (2007): 349-401.
Journal Article
Published
2005
Minimalist Approaches to Clause Structure. MIT Working Papers in Linguistics (MITWPL) 52, co-edited with Ken Hirwaia. 
Anthology Work/Essay
Published
2004
(2004). Stress Shift and Prosodic Correspondence in Tagalog. Paper presented at West Coast Conference in Linguistics (WCCL), USC.
Conference Paper
Published
2003
"Existentials, locatives, and possessives in Zazaki". In Michael Kenstowicz (ed.), Studies in Zazaki Grammar. MIT Working Papers in Linguistics, pp. 59-76 (with Rebecca L. Norris). 
Book Chapter
Published
2003
"Ordering and linearizing rightward movement". In Gina Garding and Mimu Tsujimura (eds.), Proceedings of the West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (WCCFL) 22. Cascadilla Press, pp. 436-449. 
Conference Proceeding
Published
Intonation, Adjunction, and Verb Initial Word Order in Tagalog
Journal Article
Submitted
February 2016
Syntactic adjunction and prosodic adjunction in Tagalog

Plenary talk, Berkeley Linguistics Society (BLS)

Invited
May 2015
Intonation, adjunction, and verb initial word order in Tagalog

Invited talk, Exploring the Interfaces (ETI) 3: Prosody and Constituent Structure. McGill University, Montreal CA. 

Invited
May 2015
Prosody and Verb Initial Word order in Tagalog

Keynote talk, 22nd Annual Meeting of the Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association (AFLA)

Invited
January 2012
'Specificity and objecthood in Tagalog'
Uncategorized
May 2011

"Principles & Parameters and Minimalist Approaches to Syntax"

Uncategorized
March 2011
'Word order and prosodic structure constraints in Tagalog'
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March 2011
'Word order and prosodic structure constraints in Tagalog'
Invited
November 2009
"Individual and event existentials in Tagalog"
Invited
October 2009
"How to evade a universal or two in Tagalog"
Invited
February 2009
"Predicate initial and predicate final word order in Tagalog"
Invited
May 2008
"Word order and copular clauses in Tagalog"
Invited
April 2008
"Copular Clauses in Tagalog"
Invited
March 2008
"Copular clauses and predicate final word order in Tagalog"
Invited
February 2008
"Predicate initial and predicate final word order in Tagalog"
Invited
January 2008
"Subject initial sentences in a verb initial language"
Uncategorized
November 2007

  "The syntax of existential sentences in Tagalog"

Uncategorized
October 2007

The grammatical ingredients of existense in Tagalog"

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March 2007

"A cross-linguistic difference among adjectives: Implications for the theory of argument structure"

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February 2007

"The syntax of the internal (theme) argument: Evidence from Tagalog"

Uncategorized
January 2007

"The syntax of internal argumets: Evidence from Tagalog"

Uncategorized
October 2006
"The syntax of existential sentences in Tagalog"
Invited
March 2006
"Unaccusative Adjectives and the structure of VP in Tagalog"
Uncategorized
March 2006
"A cross-linguistic difference among adjectives: Implications for the theory of argument structure"
Invited
February 2006
"The syntax of existential sentences in Tagalog"
Invited
February 2006
"The syntax of the internal (theme) argument: Evidence from adjectives in Tagalog"
Invited
January 2006
"The syntax of the internal argument: Evidence from Tagalog"
Invited
May 2005
"Existential constructions in Tagalog"

Refereed conference presentation

Uncategorized
January 2005
"Existential constructions and Case assignment in Tagalog"

Refereed conference presentaiton. 

Uncategorized
May 2004
"Ordering and linearizing rightward movement"
Invited
March 2004
"Stress shift and prosodic correspondence in Tagalog"

Refereed conference presentation. 

Uncategorized
May 2003
"Rightward movement is sometimes movement before, and sometimes movement after, spellout"

Refereed conference presentation. 

Uncategorized
Prosody and Verb Initial Word order in Tagalog

Keynote talk, 22nd meeting of the Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association

Invited
May 2012
Dr. Jensen completed his dissertation, The Structure of Clauses and Noun Phrases, in Spring 2012. He was awarded the "Best Student Abstract" by the Linguistics Society of America (LSA) (submitted for the 2011 Annual meeting of the LSA), and an NSF Dissertation Improvement Grant (NSF #1052964) in 2010. His dissertation was published by DeGruyter in 2014.  
Doctoral
Ongoing
Cynthia Kilpatrick
Collaborative work on the prosody of verb initial languages (Tagalog and K'iche')
Ongoing
Lotus Goldberg
Collaborator on Tagalog corpus project. 
Fall 2016
LING 5330 - Formal Syntax
Office Hours
DayStartEnd
Monday11:00AM12:00PM
This is the first of a two-sequence course in generative syntax. Topics include phrase structure, anaphora, movement, Case, and thematic roles.
Last Updated on August 23, 2016, 12:42 pm
No Documents Attached
Fall 2016
LING 5334 - Morphology
Office Hours (also by appointment)
DayStartEnd
Monday11:00AM12:00PM
Study of the principles of word formation: derivation, inflection, and compounding; cross-linguistic study of morphological processes, morphological investigation and analysis. Presents theoretical and descriptive issues, particularly those raised by the framework of distributed morphology and its current competitors.
Last Updated on August 23, 2016, 12:46 pm
No Documents Attached
Spring 2016
LING 3340 - GRAMMAR AND MORPHOLOGY
Office Hours
DayStartEnd
Monday11:00AM12:00PM
Wednesday11:00AM12:00PM
This course introduces the fundamental goals and techniques of syntactic analysis, from the perspective of generative grammar. It also has the goal of putting you in a position to pursue more advanced study of the structure of human languages and to provide a foundation for your own research. In addition to introducing the basic concepts of modern grammatical theory, this course focusses on the question of how one should choose a theory, construct an argument, and expand and constrain the theory. 
Last Updated on January 20, 2016, 6:21 pm
No Documents Attached
Spring 2016
LING 6390 - Linguistics Research Seminar
Office Hours
DayStartEnd
Monday11:00AM12:00PM
Wednesday11:00AM12:00PM
The purpose of this seminar is first and foremost to help students make significant progress on their research projects relating to either (i) their second year Qualifying Paper; or (ii) their dissertation proposal. (Other research projects may be relevant as well.) A second purpose of the seminar will to help students develop various professional skills such as abstract writing and paper reviewing.
Last Updated on January 20, 2016, 6:24 pm
No Documents Attached
Fall 2015
LING 4303 - FORMAL SYNTAX
Office Hours
DayStartEnd
Monday11:00AM12:00PM
Wednesday1:30PM2:30PM
This course, which is a continuation of Linguistics 3340 (Grammary and Morphology), is concerned with generative syntax. Topics to be discussed include phrase structure, anaphora, movement, Raising and Control.
Last Updated on August 26, 2015, 3:09 pm
No Documents Attached
Fall 2015
LING 5330 - Formal Syntax
Office Hours
DayStartEnd
Monday11:00AM12:00PM
This is the first of a two-sequence course in generative syntax. Topics include phrase structure, anaphora, movement, Case, and thematic roles.
Last Updated on August 26, 2015, 3:12 pm
No Documents Attached
Spring 2015
LING 3340 - GRAMMAR AND MORPHOLOGY
Office Hours
DayStartEnd
Monday11:00AM12:00PM
Wednesday12:00PM1:00PM
This course introduces the fundamental goals and techniques of syntactic analysis, from the perspective of generative grammar. It also has the goal of putting you in a position to pursue more advanced study of the structure of human languages and to provide a foundation for your own research. In addition to introducing the basic concepts of modern grammatical theory, this course focusses on the question of how one should choose a theory, construct an argument, and expand and constrain the theory.
Last Updated on January 26, 2015, 2:05 pm
No Documents Attached
Spring 2015
LING 5331 - ADVANCED FORMAL SYNTAX
Office Hours
DayStartEnd
Monday11:00AM12:00PM
Wednesday12:00PM1:00PM
This course is a continuation of Linguistics 5330 (Formal Syntax). Building upon the basic theoretical framework introduced in Linguistics 5330, this course will focus on a set of topics that are active areas of current syntactic research. Rather than focussing on developing explicit analyses of syntactic phenomenon, our focus instead will be on the broader theoretical implications surrounding these phenomenon. Topics to be covered include: (i) Wh-movement and Islands phenomenon; (ii) Current conceptions of phrase structure; (iii) Ellipsis phenomenon; and (iv) The syntax-phonology interface.
Last Updated on January 26, 2015, 2:08 pm
No Documents Attached
Fall 2014
LING 5330 - Formal Syntax
Office Hours
DayStartEnd
Tuesday1:00PM2:00PM
This is the first of a two-sequence course in generative syntax. Topics include phrase structure, anaphora, movement, Case, and thematic roles.
Last Updated on August 20, 2014, 8:16 am
No Documents Attached
Fall 2014
LING 4303 - Formal Syntax
Office Hours
DayStartEnd
Thursday3:00PM4:00PM
This course, which is a continuation of Linguistics 3340 (Grammary and Morphology), is concerned with generative syntax. Topics to be discussed include phrase structure, anaphora, movement, Raising and Control.
Last Updated on August 20, 2014, 8:24 am
No Documents Attached
Spring 2014
LING 4389 - Topics in Linguistics: Language and Mind
Critical overview of the contributions made by Noam Chomsky to the field of Linguistics and related disciplines.
Last Updated on January 14, 2014, 8:01 am
No Documents Attached
Spring 2014
LING 3330 - Phonetics and Phonology
Study of segmental and suprasegmental phonology from a generative perspective.
Last Updated on January 14, 2014, 8:02 am
No Documents Attached
Fall 2013
LING 5331 - Advanced Formal Syntax
Continuation of LING 5330. Topics include unbounded dependencies, A-bar movement, constraints on A-bar movement (islands); Ananphora. 
Last Updated on August 27, 2013, 2:14 pm
No Documents Attached
Fall 2013
LING 4303 - Formal Syntax
This course is an introduction to the systematic study of natural language syntax. The course presents the motivation for the modern generative approach to the scientific study of language and develops systematically a generative transformational treatment of the most basic syntactic constructions of natural language. The intellectual emphasis of the course is on understanding the reasoning process that guides syntactic analysis.
Last Updated on August 27, 2013, 2:17 pm
No Documents Attached
Spring 2013
LING 5330 - Formal Syntax (Xlisted with LING 4303-001)
Explores the grammatical structures characteristic of human language by analyzing data from diverse languages within the theoretical framework of formal syntax. (Also taught as LING 5330. Credit will be granted only once for LING 4303 or LING 5330.). Prerequisite: LING 3340. 
Last Updated on July 16, 2013, 12:07 pm
No Documents Attached
Spring 2013
LING 3340 - GRAMMAR AND MORPHOLOGY
Grammatical patterns found in languages of the world, including the structure and distribution of words, phrases, clauses, sentences, and larger units. Prerequisite: LING 3311. 
Last Updated on July 16, 2013, 12:07 pm
No Documents Attached
Fall 2011
LING 3311 - INTRODUCTION TO LINGUISTIC SCIENCE
Office Hours
DayStartEnd
Wednesday1:00PM2:00PM
Thursday2:30PM3:30PM
Introduction to linguistics, the systematic study of human language. Drawing on phenomenon from a range of languages, this course examines the sound patterns of language (phonetics and phonology), words and word formation (morphology), sentence structure (syntax), meaning (semantics), and language in context (pragmatics). Emphasis will be placed on methods of linguistic analysis to solve problems in phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics.
Last Updated on July 16, 2013, 12:07 pm
No Documents Attached
Fall 2011
LING 4335 - Language Universals and Linguistic Typology
Office Hours
DayStartEnd
Wednesday1:00PM2:00PM
Thursday2:30PM3:30PM
An introduction to cross-linguistic variation and grammatical description. Particular emphasis is placed on developing the notion of linguistic typology through exploration of proposed universals of language based on the comparative study of the morphology and syntax of the languages of the world.
Last Updated on July 16, 2013, 12:07 pm
No Documents Attached
Spring 2011
LING 5331 - ADVANCED FORMAL SYNTAX (Xlisted with LING 4303-001)
Office Hours
DayStartEnd
Tuesday1:00PM2:00PM
Wednesday11:00AM12:00PM
Continuation of LING 5330. Topics include unbounded dependencies, A-bar movement, constraints on A-bar movement (islands); Ananphora.  
Last Updated on July 16, 2013, 12:07 pm
No Documents Attached
Fall 2010
LING 5330 - Formal Syntax
Office Hours
DayStartEnd
Tuesday3:30PM4:30PM
Explores the grammatical structures characteristic of human language by analyzing data from diverse languages within the theoretical framework of formal syntax. Prerequisite: LING 3340 or permission of instructor.
Last Updated on July 16, 2013, 12:07 pm
No Documents Attached
Fall 2010
LING 6393 - Seminar in Syntax
Office Hours
DayStartEnd
Tuesday3:30PM4:30PM
Seminar in Syntax, covering topics related to the interface between Syntax and Phonology.
Last Updated on July 16, 2013, 12:07 pm
No Documents Attached
Spring 2010
LING 5331 - ADVANCED FORMAL SYNTAX
Continuation of Linguistics 5330. The first half of this course investigates the role that locality plays in syntax through detailed investigation of "island" phenomenon. The second half of this course explores the architecture of anaphora.
Last Updated on July 16, 2013, 12:07 pm
No Documents Attached
Spring 2009
LING 5630 - Non-Western Linguistic Structures
Study of a selected non-Western language, language family or language area based on descriptive linguistic analysis. May be repeated once for credit as the topic varies. Prerequisite: LING 3330 and LING 3340.
Last Updated on July 16, 2013, 12:07 pm
No Documents Attached
Spring 2009
LING 5330 - Formal Syntax
Explores the grammatical structures characteristic of human language by analyzing data from diverse languages within the theoretical framework of formal syntax. Prerequisite: LING 3340 or permission of instructor.
Last Updated on July 16, 2013, 12:07 pm
No Documents Attached
July 2011
Ongoing
National Grant Reviewer

Reviewed grant proposals for National Science Foundation (NSF, USA) (spring 2011 review cycle); Social Science and Humanaties Research Council (SSHRC, Canada) (fall 2012 review cycle). 

Other
July 2008
Ongoing
Member, Editorial Board

Member, Editorial Board for SyntaxA journal of theoretical, experimental, and interdisciplinary research. 

Appointed
July 2006
Ongoing
Conference Reviewer

LSA Annual Meeting (continuous since 2008); Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association (continuous since 2006); West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (2011)

Other
July 2005
Ongoing
Journal ad-hoc reviewer

Natural Language and Linguistic Theory (3 articles); Language (3 articles); Lingua (2 articles); Linguistic Inquiry (2 articles); Journal of Linguistics (1 article); Philippine Social Science Review (1 article); Journal of East Asian Linguistics (1 article); Language & Linguistics (1 article)

Other
September 2012
May 2013
Organizer, 20th Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association conference

Organized the 20th Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association conference, hosted at UT Arlington. 

Volunteered
December 2015 -
March 2016
Chair, Search Committee, Department of Linguistics and TESOL

Head of search committee for position in Socio-phonology. Collection of application materials, organization of interviews and on-campus job interviews. 

Elected
January 2012 -
January 2014
Member, Undergraduate Curriculum Commitee

Reviewed changes to Undergraduate curriculum for departments within the College of Liberal Arts, UT Arlington

Elected
November 2015 -
Ongoing
Member, CCTP (College Committee on Tenure and Promotion)

Reviewed dossiers and applications for tenure and promotion at UT Arlington. 

Elected
November 2015 -
Ongoing
Chair, ACTP (Academic Committee for Tenure and Promotion), Dept. of Linguistics & TESOL

Reviewed dossiers and application for tenure and promotion for candidates in the Department of Linguistics & TESOL. 

Elected
September 2015 -
Ongoing
Chair, Committee on 4th year Performance Review of Department Chair

Collection of surveys and elicitation of feedback on the perforamnce of the department chair for the Dept. of Linguistics & TESOL. 

Elected
September 2015 -
Ongoing
PhD Graduate Advisor, Department of Linguistics and TESOL

Advisor for PhD students in Linguistics; responsibility for registration of PhD students, course sequencing, scheduling of exams and proposal and dissertation defenses, carreer advisment, varia paper work. 

Elected
January 2014 -
Ongoing
Member, Research Committee, College of Liberal Arts

Reviewed applications for REP/FDL and University research awards. 

Elected
December -
Editorial Board(s)
Syntax
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December -
Field Work
Hebrew, Tagalog, Zazaki
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December -
Review Work
Journals (as ad hoc reviewer): Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, Linguistic Inquiry; Conference Abstracts: Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association (ALFA), Linguistic Society of America (LSA); Grant Applications: Israeli Science Foundation (ISF); National Science Foundation (NSF); Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
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