Marcin Dadan, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor

I am a syntactician with interest in comparative historical syntax, especially morpho-syntactic and semantic change and variation, but also generative typology, fieldwork, and language acquisition. I received my PhD in Linguistics from the University of Connecticut (2019) with the dissertation that explores a cross-linguistic trend of a diachronic loss of obligatory syntactic movement in a wide array of languages (from Old to Modern Japanese, from Archaic to Modern Chinese, from Early Indo-Iranian languages (Vedic Sanskrit or Old Iranian) to Modern Indic languages (Hindi or Bangla), or from Latin to Modern Romance (Spanish, French, or Brazilian Portuguese) as well as the role of language acquisition and diffusion in linguistic change. My other research involves looking syntactic encoding and grammaticalization of discourse/information structure (topic, focus, assertion, allocutive agreement, attribution in relative clauses), Syntax-driven vs discourse and prosody driven movement and its syntacticization (V2 in Kashmiri, partial movement/wh-scope marking, verb-adjacency requirement in narrow focus expression, e.g., in Hittite, Indic, Dravidian