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Name: Diane  Massam
Institution: University of Toronto
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State and/or Country: Canada   
Linguistic Field(s): Morphology
Specialty: Austronesian syntax, Niuean syntax, English syntax
Subject Language(s): Niuean
Selected Publications: “Number and Events: Verbal Reduplication in Niuean” (with Mohammad Haji Abdolhosseini and Kenji Oda) Oceanic Linguistics 41.2:475-492. 2002

''On Predication and the Status of Subjects in Niuean” in William Davies and Stanley Dubinsky eds. Objects and Other Subjects Amsterdam: Kluwer Publishing. pp. 225-246. 2001
''Pseudo Noun Incorporation in Niuean'', Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 19:1:153-197. 2001

''Possession in Niuean'' (with Wolfgang Sperlich) in Steven Fischer, ed. Possessive Markers in Central Pacific Languages: Thematic volume of Language Typology and Universals (Sprachtypologie und Universalienforschung). pp. 281-292. 2000

''VSO is VOS: Aspects of Niuean Word Order'' in Andrew Carnie and Eithne Guilfoyle, eds. The Syntax of Verb Initial Languages, Oxford U. Press. pp. 97-117. 2000

''Multiple Case Checking'' (with S. Bejar), Syntax: A Journal of Theoretical, Experimental and Interdisciplinary Research, 2.2:65-79. 1999

''Thing-is Constructions: The thing is, is what's the right analysis'' English Language and Linguistics 3.2:335-352. 1999

Arguments and Structure: Thematic Issue of the Canadian Journal of Linguistics on Austronesian Languages (editor, with B. Miller. Journal editor: Anne Rochette) to appear.

''Instrumental aki and the Nature of Niuean Transitivity'' Oceanic Linguistics 7.1, 1998.

''Clitics without Phi Features'' (with Yves Roberge) in J. Black and V. Motapanyane, eds. Clitics Pronouns and Movement John Benjamins Ltd. Amsterdam, 1997.

''Lexical Syntactic Relations without Projection'' (with Jila Ghomeshi) Linguistic Analysis 24.3/4:175-217. 1994

“Inversely ordered DPs in Niuean” (with Arsalan Kahnemuyipour) in Proceedings of the 2002 Annual Conference of the Canadian Linguistics Association, UQAM, Montreal.

''Fully Internal Case: Surface Ergativity can be Profound'' in A. Rackowski and N. Richards eds. Proceedings of AFLA 8, MIT Working Papers in Linguistics, Cambridge, Massachusetts. pp. 185-196.

“Some Notes on the Quantifier Oti in Niuean” Rongorongo Studies: A Forum for studies in Polynesian Philology 12.2:56-65. ed. Stephen Fischer, Auckland N.Z. 2002.
Announced on LINGUIST :  Ergativity
 Count and Mass Across Languages
 The Oxford Handbook of Ergativity
Reviewed on LINGUIST :  Ergativity
Courses Taught: Introduction to Linguistics
Syntax at all levels (GB, Minimalism)
Morphology at all levels
Dissertation Director * of: The Nature of Legibility Conditions
(JunMo Cho, Author)
Dissertation Director * of: Syntactic Dependencies in Mandarin Chinese
(Niina Zhang, Author)
Dissertation Director * of: Enriched Composition and Inference in the Argument Structure of Chinese
(Ren Zhang, Author)
Dissertation Director * of: Projection and Inflection: A study of Persian phrase structure
(Jila Ghomeshi, Author)
Dissertation Director * of: Elements of Cyclic Syntax: Agree and merge
(Milan Rezac, Author)
Dissertation Director * of: The Syntax of Sentential Stress
(Arsalan Kahnemuyipour, Author)
Dissertation Director * of: Features and Categories: Non-finite constructions in Finnish
(Päivi Koskinen, Author)
Dissertation Director * of: Viewpoint Aspect in Inuktitut: The syntax and semantics of antipassives
(Bettina Spreng, Author)
Dissertation Director * of: The Syntax and Semantics of Modification in Inuktitut: Adjectives and adverbs in a polysynthetic language
(Richard Compton, Author)
Dissertation Director * of: Issues in the Left Periphery of Modern Irish
(Kenji Oda, Author)
Dissertation Director * of: DETs in the Functional Syntax of Greek Nominals
(Maria Kyriakaki, Author)
Dissertation Director * of: The Syntax and Semantics of Stem Composition in Ojicree
(Tanya Slavin, Author)

* This information has been submitted by the dissertation author.

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