Professor of English
University of Massachusetts at Amherst
TBA; 425 Lake Hall
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
- LING 1150 Introduction to Language & Linguistics
- LING 3450 Syntax
- LING 3452 Semantics
- LING 3458 Topics in Linguistics
- LING 4654 Seminar in Linguistics
- LING 4891 Research Seminar in Linguistics
- ENGL 7311 Introduction to Linguistics
Resume / CV
Janet Randall is a professor affiliated with both the Department of English and the Linguistics Program, in the College of Science. Her research and publications span areas in theoretical linguistics (the syntax/semantics interface, argument structure), language acquisition (the acquisition of verbs; argument structure; morphology); psycholinguistics; linguistics and law, and linguistics in the schools. Her 2010 theoretical linguistics study, Linking: the geometry of argument structure (Springer), explores how a verb’s conceptual/semantic arguments map to their syntactic positions. Other current projects focus on how linguistic analysis can improve legal language and on the “grammar gap”: the teaching (and non-teaching) of grammar. New students are always welcome to join her research teams and can earn credit through directed study, experiential education, or honors projects; work/study positions are also available. Her next book will bring together current research at the interface of linguistics and law.
- (2015) Improving juror comprehension: reading while listening. [Poster] Linguistic Society of America annual meeting. Portland, Oregon. January.
- (2014) “Tackling ‘legalese’: how linguistics can simplify legal language and increase access to justice.” In Emonds, Joseph & Marketa Janebova (eds.) Language Use and Linguistic Structure. Olomouc Modern Language Series Vol.3. Univerzita Palackeho, Olomouc.
- (2014) Linguistics meets “legalese”: syntax, semantics, and jury instruction reform. [Poster] Linguistic Society of America annual meeting. Minneapolis. January.
- (2014) Linguistics meets “legalese”: syntax, semantics, and jury instruction reform. [Extended Abstract] Linguistic Society of America annual meeting. Minneapolis. January.
- (2010) Linking: the geometry of argument structure. Studies in Natural Language & Linguistic Series, Volume 74, Springer, Dordrecht. xv+325 pp. [paperback published in 2011] (PDF of errata list)
- (2007) Solving the re- mystery. TeachLing: Lesson plans on language and linguistics in K-12 education. http://teachling.wwu.edu/
- (2007) “Parameterized auxiliary selection: a fine-grained interaction of features and linking rules.” In Aranovich, R., ed., Split Auxiliary Systems: A Cross-linguistic Perspective. Studies in Language Series, John Benjamins, NY. 207-235.
- (2004) Acquiring unaccusatives: a cross-linguistic look (with van Hout, A., H. Baayen & J. Weissenborn). In Alexiadou, A., A. Anagnostopoulou & M. Everaert (eds.) Studies in Unaccusativity: the syntax-lexicon interface. Oxford University Press.
- (1992) The argument structure and syntactic structure of resultatives. (with J. Carrier) Linguistic Inquiry 23, 173-234.
- (1990) Catapults & pendulums: the mechanics of language acquisition. Linguistics 28, 1381-1406.
- (1985) Morphological Structure and Language Acquisition. Outstanding Dissertations in Linguistics, Garland.
- (1984) Grammatical Information in Word Structure. Quaderni di Semantica. [International Journal of Theoretical and Applied Semantics] 5, 313-330.
- (1984) Thematic Structure and Inheritance. Quaderni di Semantica. [International Journal of Theoretical and Applied Semantics] 5, 92-110.
- (1983) Filling Gaps: Decision principles and structure in sentence comprehension. (with L. Frazier and C. Clifton) Cognition 13, 187-222.
- (1982) Dissertation: “Morphological Structure and Language Acquisition”; Proquest address: http://search.proquest.com/docview/303248360/fulltextPDF?accountid=12826
- (1980) -ity: A study in word formation restrictions. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research 6, 524-35.
Awards and Honors
- 1993, 1994 Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship
- 1981-83 Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship