Janet Randall

Professor, English Department
(617) 373-3678
425 Lake
PhD in Linguistics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Curriculum vitae

Areas of Research/Interest:

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.

Selected Publications:

  • Linguistics Program
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