Ethan Poole


Photo of Ethan Poole at Cafe Evolution in Florence, Mass.

Welcome! I am a Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of California, Los Angeles. I specialize in syntax, semantics, and the syntax-semantics interface.

I recently completed my Ph.D. in linguistics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. My dissertation Movement and the semantic type of traces explores the possible semantic representations of movement. I argue that movement is tightly restricted in how it can be semantically interpreted, in particular that movement can map onto traces only ranging over individual semantic types. I show that this restriction has interesting effects in the domain of property-denoting DPs.

In addition to my dissertation research, I have worked on case assignment (particularly in Finnish), the nature of grammatical functions, quirky subjects, and implicit arguments. With collaborators, I have also worked on tough-constructions with Stefan Keine, NPIs from an experimental perspective with Jon Ander Mendia, and Hindi-Urdu binding with Sakshi Bhatia.

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