Linguistics Program

Reflections: Foundations and Developments of Generative Grammar

Welcome to our online talk series!

Syntactic theory in the generative framework has been developing for the past 75 years. After three quarters of a century, it is time to write the history of our field, reflecting on its foundations as they bear on current work, and to discuss outstanding questions which may reveal avenues for future research. To facilitate this, we have created an online talk series, where long-standing scholars in the field reflect on their early work from a current perspective, tracing the development of the theory over time. We invite you to participate with us in this exciting process! REFLECTIONS talks have a 2-hour slot, with a talk lasting around one hour, followed by questions and discussions. 

Date: Speakers:
September 28, 12:00 pm EDT Robert Freidin
February 8, 12:00 pm EST Adriana Belletti
Spring 2025 Ian Roberts
Summer 2025 Rita Manzini
June 29, 2024 Howard Lasnik (Optionality in Generative Syntax) / Handout
April 20, 2024 Hagit Borer (Reflecting on the Generative Word)
/ Handout
February 10, 2024 Richard Kayne (Generative Syntax Over the Years.
On Some Changes & Some Non-changes
/ Handout
November 11, 2023 Robert May (The Genesis of Generative Grammar:
Syntax and Logical Form)
 / Slides
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Lydia Grebenyova
Kleanthes K. Grohmann