Elly van Gelderen

Arizona State University

Fall 2015

Syntax Reading Group: Wed 11-1 pm in LL 316

Arabic Syntax Reading Group: Wed 1:30-2:30 pm in LL 173N

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Linguistic Cycle Workshop II at ASU

First ASU Forensic Linguistics Symposium

Department of English
Arizona State University 
Tempe, AZ 85287-0302 

G. Homer Durham Language & Literature Bldg, Room 226C 

ellyvangelderen at asu.edu

NOTE that I am occasionally off e-mail for a week


Educational Background: 
McGill University, Montreal, Canada; Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Teaching Background: 

Groningen University, Queen's University, John Abbott College

Visiting scholar/fellow:
University of Arizona (S1995); University of California, Los Angeles (S2002); Centre for Advanced Study, Oslo (AY 2004-2005); Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (S2009); Center for the Study of Mind in Nature, Oslo (F2015)

Curriculum Vitae; video; audio on the Linguistic Cycle

Research Areas

Elly van Gelderen is a syntactician interested in language change. Her work shows how regular syntactic change (grammaticalization and the linguistic cycle) can be accounted for by (Minimalist) Economy Principles that help a child acquire a language and analyze it in a different way from previous generations. Her 2011 book, The Linguistic Cycle: Language Change and the Language Faculty (Oxford University Press) shows how cyclical change is relevant for theories on the faculty of language. Her Clause Structure (Cambridge University Press, 2013) examines a number of current debates in theoretical syntax. She is currently working on the history of argument structure, e.g. how unaccusatives and unergatives change in very different directions. Related interests are the evolution of language, biolinguistics, prescriptivism, authorship debates, and code switching.

Elly is the author of ten books and eighty or so articles/chapters in journals such as Linguistic Analysis, Studia Linguistica, Word, and Linguistic Inquiry. She is also the co-editor of two book series and has herself edited or co-edited six books. Elly has taught at ASU since 1995.