Vicki Carstens

Professor of Linguistics

Education: Ph.D. UCLA

Research interests: theoretical syntax, African linguistics

Vicki Carstens completed her BA in African Languages and Linguistics at University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her MA and PhD in Linguistics at UCLA.  Much of her work is concerned with agreement phenomena and nominal syntax in Bantu languages. In recent years, she has focused on the Nguni languages of South Africa. Her work has appeared in volumes and journals including Linguistic Inquiry, Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, Language, Lingua, and The Linguistic Review. She teaches courses in linguistic field methods, syntax, and general linguistics.

Representative papers:

To appear. Nguni bare nouns: licensing without Case. Linguistic Inquiry. linbuzz/003902
To appear. Bantu Syntax. In J. Zeller (ed.) The Oxford Guide to the Bantu Languages. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press. With Michael Diercks. linbuzz/003902
2020a. ‘Only’ in Nguni: a phrase-final particle meets antisymmetry theory. With Jochen Zeller. Linguistic Inquiry 51.2: 199-235. linbuzz/004093
2020b. Concord and labeling. In Peter Smith, Johannes Mursell, & Katarina Hartman (eds.) Agreement in the Minimalist Program. Language Sciences Press Open Generative Syntax Series, DOI:10.5281/zenodo.3541747: 71-116.
2017. Noun-to-Determiner Movement. In The Blackwell Companion to Syntax. 2nd edition, M. Everaert & H. van Riemsdijk (eds.), 2758-2783. Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell.
2016a. Delayed valuation: a reanalysis of goal features, “upwards” complementizer agreement, and the mechanics of Case. Syntax 19.1:1-42. linbuzz/001432
2016b. Head-head relations in “Problems of Projection.” With Norbert Hornstein and T. Daniel Seely. The Linguistic Review 33.1:67-86. linbuzz/001892
2016c. Negative concord and nominal licensing in Zulu and Xhosa. With Loyiso Mletshe. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 34.3: 761-804. linbuzz/001938
2015. Radical defectivity: implications of Xhosa expletive constructions. With Loyiso Mletshe. Linguistic Inquiry 46.2:187-242. linbuzz/001750
2013a. Parameterizing Case and Activity: Hyper-raising in Bantu. With Michael Diercks. In Proceedings of the 40th Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society, Seda Kan, Claire Moore-Cantwell, Robert Staubs (eds), 99-118. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Graduate Linguistic Student Association. linbuzz/001447
2013b. Agreeing How? With Michael Diercks. Linguistic Inquiry 44.2:179-237. linbuzz/001389
2011. Hyperactivity and Hyperagreement in Bantu. Lingua 121.5:721-741. linbuzz/001754
2010. Grammatical gender and the theory of uninterpretable features. In Exploring Crash Proof Grammars. M. Putnam (ed), 31-57. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. linbuzz/001436
2008. DP in Bantu and Romance. In The Bantu-Romance Connection, K. Demuth & C. De Cat (eds.). 131-166. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. linbuzz/001950
2005. Agree and EPP in Bantu. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 23:219-279.
2003. Rethinking complementizer agreement. Linguistic Inquiry 34.3:393-412.
2002. Antisymmetry and word order in serial verb constructions. Language 78.1: 3-50.
2001. Multiple agreement and Case deletion. Syntax 4.3:147-163.
2000. Concord in minimalist theory. Linguistic Inquiry 31.2:319-355.
1997. Empty nouns in Bantu locatives. The Linguistic Review 14:361-410. linbuzz/002224
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