Joseph Emonds, born in Minot, North Dakota, USA, in 1940. Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge. Professor of Linguistics and English Language at the University of Durham.
Fellow (1 February 1997 – 30 June 1997)
During my NIAS stay, I fully participated in the syntactic case studies project, attending all meetings and workshops. I completed about seventy percent of the case on Double Object constructions, which I name ‘the Double Object debates’, and was able to synthesise aspects of various previous approaches which allow them to be treated more uniformly across languages, as stated in my initial plans. Some unexpected progress was made in devising a theoretical approach to Oblique Objects (datives, genitives, etc.), which was largely made possible by discussions with and literature provided by my project co-member, Sten Vikner.
I also made progress on analysing Romance Causative constructions and Passive Participles. On the former, I was invited to give two lectures in the Netherlands. I lectured on the latter at Tilburg University. The analyses of these three constructions, also targeted on my initial plans, will be reflected in two different chapters in my book in progress Grammar and Lexicon: The English Syntacticon. The chapter on passives of this book, chapter five, was entirely written while at NIAS