Janet Randall

Degrees/Education

Ph.D., Linguistics, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Area(s) of Expertise

Theoretical linguistics; language acquisition; psycholinguistics; linguistics and grammar in K-12 and linguistics and law

Research Interests

Theoretical linguistics (the syntax/semantics interface, argument structure), language acquisition (acquisition of verbs; argument structure; morphology); psycholinguistics; linguistics and grammar in K-12 and linguistics and law. Her 2010 theoretical linguistics monograph, Linking: the geometry of argument structure,explores how verbs’ semantic arguments map to their syntactic positions.  Other current projects focus on how linguistic analysis can improve jury instructions and on the “grammar gap”:  the teaching (and non-teaching) of grammar.  New students are always welcome to join the teams working on these projects.  Credit can be given through directed study, experiential education, or honors projects; work/study positions are also available.

Janet Randall is an affiliated faculty in Linguistics. Her primary appointment is in the Department of English.

Location

425 Lake Hall