Keir Moulton

Assistant Professor
Linguistics, University of Toronto
keir.moulton at-sign utoronto dot ca

I am a theoretical and experimental linguist seeking to understand the relation between structure and meaning in natural language. My research connects generative syntax and formal compositional semantics on topics such as clausal complementation and propositional attitudes, relativization, quantification, binding and ellipsis. I conduct experiments on these and other topics at the syntax-semantics interface in the XSyn Lab with Chung-hye Han. Current projects:
I earned my PhD from the linguistics department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 2009. My CV.

Upcoming and Recent:

To appear. Moulton, Keir and Junko Shimoyama. On the Inverse Trace Conversion and maximal informativeness analysis of Japanese internally-headed relative clauses: A reply to Erlewine and Gould 2016. Glossa.

To appear. Moulton, Keir. Adverbs in VP ellipsis: an experimental investigation of antecedent selection. Canadian Journal of Linguistics.

2018. with Elizabeth Bogal-Allbritten. Navajo in the typology of internally-headed relatives. Proceedings of SALT 27. Dan Burgdorf, Jacob Collard, Sireemas Maspong and Brynhildur Stefansdottir, eds. Linguistic Society of America, Ithaca, NY. 700–2720.

2018. with Chung-hye Han. Scope vs. C-Command: An Experimental Investigation. (Pre-publication version) Language 94.1: 191–219.

2018. with Queenie Chan, Tanie Cheng, Chung-hye Han, Kyeong-min Kim and Sophie Nickel-Thompson. Focus on Cataphora: Experiments in Context. Linguistic Inquiry 49.1: 151–168.

2017. with Jeffrey Runner. Accusative Plus Infinitive Constructions in English. The Companion to Syntax. 2nd Edition. Martin Everaert and Henk van Riemsdijk, eds. Blackwell. 1–19.

2017. Retrieving Antecedents in Processing: Binder Indices and Φ-Features. In Proceedings of the West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics 35. Bennett, Wm. G., Lindsay Hracs, and Dennis Ryan Storoshenko, editors. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project. 30--40.

2017. with Elizabeth Bogal-Allbritten. Nominalized clauses and reference to propositional content. In Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 21. University of Edinburgh.

2016. with Nino Grillo. Event Kinds and the Pseudo-Relative. In Proceedings of the Forty-Sixth Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistics Society (NELS 46). Volume 2. Prickett, Brandon and Christopher Hammerly, editors. GLSA, Amherst MA. pp. 11–20.

2015. with Nino Grillo. Pseudo-Relatives: Big and Direct. In Proceedings of the Forty-fifth Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society (NELS 45). Volume 2. Bui, Thuy and Denis Ozyildiz, editors. GLSA, Amherst MA. pp. 193–202.

2015. CPs: copies and compositionality. Linguistic Inquiry 46:2 305–342

2014. Simple event nominalizations: Roots and their interpretation. Cross-linguistic Investigations of Nominalization Patterns. Paul, Ileana, editor. Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 210. John Benjamins. 119–144.

2013. Raising from the Dead. Linguistic Inquiry 44:1 157–167.

2013. Not Moving Clauses: Connectivity in Clausal Complements. Syntax. 16:3 250–291.

2013. What covaries in backward variable binding. Proceedings of the Forty-Second Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society. Volume 2. (NELS 42) [Held in Fall 2011] Keine, Stefan and Shayne Sloggett, editors. GLSA Amherst, MA. 55–68.

2013. Small Clause Subjects do Reconstruct. Proceedings of the Forty-First Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society. (NELS 41) [Held in Fall, 2010] Fainleib, Yelena, Nicholas LaCara, and Yangsook Park, editors. GLSA, Amherst, MA. 27–40.

2009. Clausal Complementation and the Wager-Class. Proceedings of the Thirty-Eighth Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society. Volume 2. (NELS 38) Schardl, Anisa, Martin Walkow, and Muhammad Abdurrahman, editors. GLSA: Amherst, MA. 165–178.

Natural Selection and the Syntax of Clausal Complementation. PhD Dissertation. University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

2008. with Stickney, Helen and Tom Roeper. From False Belief to False Ascription. Language Acquisition and Development: Proceedings of GALA 2007. Gavarro and M. Joao Freitas, editors. Cambridge Scholars Publishing: Newcastle. 424–433.

2008. Scope relations and infinitival complements. Ms. University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

2007. Small Antecedents: Syntax or Pragmatics. Proceedings of the Thirty-Seventh Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistics Society. Vol 1. (NELS 37) Elfner, Emily and Martin Walkow, editors. GLSA: Amherst, MA. 45–58.

2006. with Arregui, Ana, Charles Clifton, Lyn Frazier. Processing elided verb phrases with flawed antecedents: the recycling hypothesis. Journal of Memory and Language 55.2: 232–246. Working Papers

2004. Moulton, Keir and Matthew Wolfe, editors. Proceedings of the Thirty-fourth Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistics Society. (NELS 34) Two volumes. GLSA: Amherst, MA.

2004. External Arguments and Gerunds. Toronto Working Papers in Linguistics 22: Syntax and Psycholinguistics - Holes in Sentences: Shared structures, missing arguments and feature deficiencies. Frigeni, Chiara, editor. University of Toronto Graduate Students Association: Toronto. pp.121–136.

2003. Deep Allophones in the Old English laryngeal system. Toronto Working Papers in Linguistics Volume 20: Special Issue on Contrast in Phonology. Currie Hall, Daniel, editor. University of Toronto Graduate Student Linguistics Association: Toronto. pp.157–173.

2002. Clausal Modification in Old English: The Case of the Correlative. MA Thesis. University of Toronto.

Talks (invited, conferences, workshops, etc.)

Not updated regularly. See CV.

Email me for the handouts

Pseudo-relatives: Big but Transparent. with Nino Grillo. Poster at NELS 45. November 2014.

What the Pseudo-relative tells us about attitudes and embedding. with Nino Grillo. New Perspectives on Clausal Complementation. Rutgers. October 2014.

Raising CPs and Raising out of them. University College London. June 2014.

Invited commentator on talks. Semantics of Under-represented Languages of the America SULA 8. University of British Columbia. May 2014.

Separating Crossover from Cataphora, Experimentally. Syntax-semantics Reading Group. McGill University. November 2014.

(with Nino Grillo) Compositionality of Pseudo-relatives. Invited lecture in Seminar LING 417, Junko Shimoyama. McGill University. November 2014.

Evidence and Scope in Small Clauses. Linguistics Department, University of Maryland. June 2013

Why is Weak Crossover so Weak? An Experimental Investigation. Canadian Linguistics Association (CLA) Annual Meeting, University of Victoria. June 2013.

Small Antecedents: syntax, discourse and pragmatics. Linguistics Department Colloquium Series. University of Alberta. April 2013

Bound Cataphora: D-type pronouns, causatives, and amnestying WCO. University of British Columbia Colloquium Series. April 2013

Bound Variable Pronouns: Logic, Semantics, Syntax and Processing. Defining Cognitive Science Colloquium Series, SFU. January 2013.

Relativizing Clauses and Nominalizing Clause-takers. Nominalization Workshop, Western University. May 2012.

What co-varies in Backward Variable Binding. University of Massachusetts, Linguistics Department Talks. May 2012.

How to Embed a Clause. Syntax+, University of Southern California (USC). January 2012

A new argument for small clauses. Generative Linguistics in the Old World (GLOW) 34, University of Vienna. May 2011

CPs don't Saturate: Explaining the distribution of clausal complements. McGill University (January 21), University of Ottawa (January 24), Universitet Geroge-August, Goettingen (February 22), University of California, Santa Cruz (February 6). January-February 2011

Evidence and Quantification in raising constructions. Toronto-Ottawa-Montreal Semantics Workshop. April 2011

Small clause subjects do Reconstruct. North East Linguistics Society (NELS) 41, University of Pennsylvania. November 2010

Variable Binding, Reconstruction and Attitudes. Meeting of Semanticists Active in Canada (MOSAIC) 2, McGill University. May 2010

What ECM means but not why. Toronto-Ottawa-Montreal Semantics Workshop. March 2010

Apparent reconstruction effects and fronted clauses. Canadian Linguistics Association (CLA) Annual Meeting, Concordia University. May 2010

(Not) Moving Clauses. McGill University, Colloquium Series. September 2009

What ECM means but not why. Invited talk, Workshop in General Linguistics (WIGL 7). University of Wisconsin, Madison. April 2009.

Introducing Clausal Complements. MIT. February 2008

Complementation and the wager-class. Annual Meeting of the Linguistics Society of America (LSA), Chicago, IL. January 2008

Clausal Complementation and the Derived Object Paradigm. North East Linguistics Society (NELS) 38, University of Ottawa. November 2007

(with Helen Stickney and Tom Roeper) False Belief, False Ascription, and the Logic of Comparison. Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition (GALA) . Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. September 2007

Athapaskan Internal Heads are Definitely not Indefinite. Semantics of Under-represented Languages (SULA) 4, University of Sao Paulo. May 2007

Revisiting Postal's DOC: Lethal A-positions. ECO5, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. March 2007

Small Antecedents: Syntax or Pragmatics. North East Linguistics Society (NELS) 37, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. October 2006

Strong Reflexivity and Attitudes de se. ConSOLE XVI, University of the Basque Country, Vittoria, Spain. December 2005

The diachrony of CP. Canadian Linguistics Association (CLA) Annual Meeting, Dalhousie University. June 2003

Deep Allophones. Canadian Linguistics Association (CLA) Annual Meeting, University of Toronto. June 2002

Reflexives and de se. Southern New England Workshop in Semantics (SNEWS), University of Connecticut. October 2005

Syntactic clitics and bound pronouns in Old English. Groundhog Day Binding Workshop, University of Toronto. February 2002

Voicing Opposition in Old English fricative allophones. Montreal-Toronto-Ottawa (MOT) Phonology Workshop, McGill University. February 2002