John Frederick Bailyn

is Professor of Linguistics at Stony Brook University. His interests include syntactic theory, cognitive science, Slavic linguistics, Russian syntax and musical cognition. He is the author of The Syntax of Russian (2012) and numerous articles on theoretical syntax and the Slavic languages.  He is the co-founder and co-director of NYI, as well as the Director of the State University of New York's Russia Programs Network. He holds a PhD in Linguistics from Cornell University. Website

Rajesh Bhatt

is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His interests include Syntax (agreement, relativization, comparatives, diachronic syntax, object shift and scrambling, verb-2nd phenomena), The syntax-semantics interface (infinitivals, crosslinguistic expression of obligation and possession, word order), Semantics (aspect, counterfactuals, degrees, modality, negation, questions), Indo-Aryan Languages (agreement, ergativity, correlatives, tense-aspect systems), and Computational Linguistics. He holds a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania.


Jonathan David Bobaljik

is Professor of Linguistics at Harvard University. His theoretical interests include Morphology and Syntax. In addition, he has been involved in the documentation of endangered languages, including field work with the Itelmen community on the Kamchatka Peninsula since 1993. His recent publications include Universals in Comparative Morphology: Suppletion, Superlatives, and the Structure of Words (MIT Press, 2012). He holds a PhD in Linguistics from MIT. Website

John E. Drury

is Professor of Neurolinguistics at Jiangsu Normal University. His work seeks to integrate linguistics and cognitive neuroscience, with a specific focus on the use of EEG/ERPs.  Current projects include: (i) examining logical semantic dimensions of processing of phenomena like polarity sensitivity, negation, (in)definiteness, and quantification, and (ii) cross-domain studies probing the relationship between language and music, math, and visual narrative. His most recent publication is in press with Nature Scientific Reports: Calma-Roddin, N. & J. E. Drury, "Music, language, and the N400: ERP interference patterns across cognitive domains."  He holds a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Maryland.

Caroline Heycock

is Professor of Syntax at the University of Edinburgh. Her work is in the area of theoretical syntax, with particular reference to English and the other Germanic languages, and to Japanese. The topics that she is interested in tend to be at the borderline of syntax and semantics. Recent and current research topics include reconstruction phenomena, equatives and other copular constructions, particularly pseudoclefts, the  syntax and semantics of (especially) nominal conjunctiomn, and syntactic attrition in the native language of advanced learners of a second language. She holds a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania.  Website

Kyle Johnson

is Professor of Linguistics at UMass Amherst. On his way to the position he now has at UMass, he taught, and mostly learned, at the University of Connecticut at Storrs, UC-Irvine, UCLA, University of Wisconsin at Madison and McGill University. His specialization is in syntactic theory. He holds a PhD in Linguistics from MIT. Website

Nina Kazanina

is Senior Lecturer in Psychology of Language at the University of Bristol. Her research interests are in the field of psycholinguistics and cognitive neuroscience of language, spanning from acquisition of syntax and semantics to sentence processing and speech perception. She has been interested in exploring the degree to which the speaker's use of grammatical knowledge guides his/her online processing using phenomena such as anaphora and negation. She is the author of numerous scholarly articles, including "Phonemes: Lexical access and beyond." (with Bowers, J. S., & Idsardi, W) in the Psychonomic bulletin & review, 2018, 25(2), 560-585.  She holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Maryland. 

Roumyana Pancheva

is Associate Professor of Linguistics and Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Southern California. Her research interests are in comparative syntax, in both a synchronic and historical perspective, and on the interface between syntax and semantics. It employs formal modeling, cross-linguistic comparison from a synchronic and diachronic perspective, and neurolinguistic experimentation. She holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania.


Asya Pereltsvaig

teaches linguistics at Santa Clara University. Her research interests are theoretical syntax, cross-linguistic typology, Slavic linguistics, and historical linguistics. Her recent books include: The Indo-European Controversy: Facts and Fallacies in Historical Linguistics (2015, with Martin Lewis) and Languages of the World: An Introduction (Second Edition, 2017). Her work has also appeared in Science, Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, Language and Linguistics Compass, and elsewhere. She has taught at Yale, Cornell, and Stanford. He holds a PhD in Linguistics from McGill University. Website

David Pesetsky

is the Ferrari P. Ward Professor of Modern Languages and Linguistics and the Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellow and former Head of the Department of LInguistics at MIT.  His primary interests are syntax (and interfaces with morphology and semantics) and the Syntax of Music. He has published numerous articles and books on a variety of topics in linguistics, including syntax, word-structure and language acquisition. He holds a PhD in Linguistics from MIT. Website

Asia Pietraszko

is Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the University of Rochester. She works in syntax and morphology, with main focus on verbal morphosyntax in Bantu languages. She is interested in clausal architecture and phenomena underlying structure building, such as selection, displacement and agreement, and more specifically in verbal periphrasis and inflectional dependencies in multi-verb constructions. He other interests include nominalization, left-periphery phenomena, relativization and syntax-phonology interface. She received her PhD from the University of Chicago Linguistics Department Website

Omer Preminger

is an Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Maryland and a Research Assistant Professor at the Maryland Language Science Center. He is also Associate Director of the UMD-LSC Guatemala Field Station. His primary interests are in syntax and morphosyntax, and, more generally, any aspects of language that cannot be reduced to sound and meaning alone. The languages he has worked on most are Kaqchikel (Mayan) and Basque. His recent publications include Agreement and its failures (MIT Press, 2014). He holds a PhD in Linguistics from MIT. Website

Clemens Steiner-Mayr

currently holds a position in formal semantics/pragmatics at the University of Göttingen. He has published, among other topics, on focus, implicatures, questions, intervention effects and presuppositions. His main research question is how interpretative considerations constrain grammar. He received his PhD in Linguistics from Harvard University in 2010.

Elena Titov

teaches linguistics at UCL. Her research interests are syntax and its interfaces with the interpretive and the morphophonological components of grammar, architecture of grammar, cross-linguistic variation in the grammatical encoding of information structure, agreement mismatches, Slavic languages, Germanic languages, and Kwa languages. Her work has appeared in Linguistic Inquiry, Glossa, Journal of Linguistics, and is soon to appear in Syntax. She did her postdoctoral research at the Department of Linguistics, University of Potsdam, where she worked on a project titled ‘The Syntactic Expression of Information Structure and the Architecture of Grammar’. She holds a PhD in Linguistics from UCL. 

Susi Wurmbrand

is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Connecticut and principal investigator of an FWF project at the University of Vienna. Her research specialty is theoretical syntax and the syntax-semantics interface. Current research topics include quantifier scope, the nature of syntactic computations and dependencies, and the cross-linguistic distribution of complementation. She holds a PhD in Linguistics from MIT.