Ethan Poole


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

Welcome! I am a Ph.D. candidate in linguistics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. My research interests lie in syntax, semantics, and the syntax-semantics interface.

My dissertation Types of movement explores the role of economy at the syntax-semantics interface by investigating 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 only map onto traces ranging over individual semantic types. I further show that this restriction has interesting effects in the domain of property-denoting DPs.

Outside of my dissertation research, I have worked on case assignment (particularly in Finnish), the nature of grammatical functions, and implicit arguments.

With my 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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