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.


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.

Masha Esipova

a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the University of Oslo, working on semantics and its interfaces. Much of her research focuses on how meaning is expressed through various channels in spoken and written communication (words and their parts, gestures, facial expressions, prosody, text modifications, etc.). Some of her ongoing projects concern affective meaning, high-level modification, structure of event and situation descriptions, semantics and sociopragmatics of pronouns, and semantics of pictures. In her spare time, she likes to lift heavy objects, and she has been increasingly thinking about applying her linguistics toolkit to analyzing the grammar of lifting. She holds a PhD in Linguistics from New York University. Website

Naomi Francis

is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Oslo. Her research focuses on semantics and its interfaces with syntax and pragmatics, especially issues related to negation, modality, focus, and presupposition. She is currently investigating the role of gestures in marking objections. She holds a PhD in Linguistics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Vera Gor

is a Lecturer in the Program in Linguistics and the Council of the Humanities at Princeton University. Her research interests are in experimental approaches to the syntax-pragmatics interface with a special focus on pronominal reference resolution in adults and children, and backwards anaphora in particular. Before joining the Program in Linguistics at Princeton, she taught at St. Petersburg State University and Rutgers University, where she was presented with the SAS Award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Education. She holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Website

Jonah Katz

is Assistant Professor of Linguistics at West Virginia University.  He investigates the nature of linguistic sounds and sound patterns across human languages, in particular the ways in which the phonological patterning of contrast is affected by the articulatory, acoustic, and temporal properties of the sounds involved. He has also worked extensively on the structure and cognition of music, particularly its similarities to human languages. Recent projects have focused on English, Korean, Spanish, Campidanese Sardinian, the phonetics and rhythm of hip-hop rhymes, and the harmony of Common Practice Period ('classical') music and jazz. 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. 

Samuel Jay Keyser

is Professor of Linguistics, Emeritus, at MIT.  His reserach interests range from Phonology to Metrics to the Cognitive Science of Art.  He is the author of dozens of significant books and articles in Linguistics and beyond, indcluding Prolegomenon to a Theory of Argument Structure, with Kenneth Hale, published in 2002., as well as works of fiction, cognitive sceince and a history of MIT.  He is also an accomplished musician. His most recent book, The Mental Life of Modernism, came out in 2020. He holds a PhD in Linguistics from Yale.

Ekaterina Lyutikova

is Professor of Linguistics at Moscow State University. Her research interests are in formal syntax of Slavic, Altaic and North-Caucasian languages. She has worked on noun phrase structure, argument structure and valency changing derivations, anaphora, syntax of case and agreement, and is interested in studying underrepresented languages and doing field linguistics. She is the author of three monographs: Cognitive typology: Reflexives and intensifiers (IMLI, 2002), Formal models of case: Theories and applications (LSC, 2017), and Noun phrase structure in articleless languages (LSC, 2018) and numerous articles. She holds a PhD and a Dr. Hab. degree in Linguistics from Moscow State University. Website

Andrew Nevins

is Professor of Linguistics at University College London.  His interests are in Phonological and Morphological Theory and Improved Empirical Foundations of Linguistic Data Collection. Recent research includes: Whistled Languages, Conjunct Agreement, Reduplication, Ergativity, Diminutive Formation, Clitic Restrictions. He is the author of Locality in Vowel Harmony (MIT Press 2010) and co-author of Morphotactics: Basque Auxiliaries and The Structure of Spellout (Springer 2012). He holds a PhD in Linguistics from MIT. Website

Elena Nikolaeva

is professor of Psychology and Head of the Developmental Psychology and Family Pedagogics Department of the Herzen State Pedagogical University in St. Petersburg.  Her research interests include functional asymmetry, psychophysiology, developmental psychology, developmental disorders, and family problems. She is the author of dozens of scientific articles on these and other topics. She holds a PhD in Psychology from St. Peterbsurg State University. 

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.


Rob Pasternak

is a postdoctoral researcher at the Leibniz-Center for General Linguistics (ZAS) in Berlin. His research is in semantics and its interfaces with syntax and pragmatics, focusing especially on attitudes, measurement, quantification, and co-linguistic content (e.g., gestures). Rob is also an avid amateur (formerly professional) jazz and pop-rock pianist, composer, and singer-songwriter, and is a diehard fan of chess and (American) football.  He holds a PhD in Linguistics from Stony Brook University.


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.


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.


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


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.


Chikako Takahashi

A Visiting Assistant Professor at Haverford College (Spring 2021), Chikako Takahashi received her doctorate in Linguistics from Stony Brook University, and has a passion for discovering how sounds of multiple languages interact in bilingual minds. She also holds an MA in TESOL from Teachers College, Columbia University. A food enthusiast, Chikako loves to cook, preferably with a cat somewhere in the background, and uses this propensity to connect with others.

Russell Tanenbaum

Having recently received his PhD in linguistics from Stony Brook University, Russell Tanenbaum’s academic interests straddle the boundary between syntax and phonology. With a focus on Chinese and other East Asian languages, he has done work on tone and tone sandhi phenomena (and the syntactic constraints there-on), clitic clustering patterns and typology, and scope freezing effects in relative clauses, among others topics. Russell also happens to be one of those linguistics who simply loves learning languages and the concomitant challenge of identifying and internalizing distinctions in sound and meaning that are complicated from the prejudiced perspective of one’s own mother tongue.