Luisa Seguin

PhD candidate at the University of Maryland

I am a first year PhD candidate in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Maryland. My advisors are Maria Polinsky and Omer Preminger and my interests lie in the puzzles of syntactic theory. I work primarily on the representation of voice and the inner structure of the VP. More specifically, I am interested in what the variation in the voice, especially reflexivity, can tell us about the syntax of a language.

Before coming to Maryland, I received my BA at Universit√† Ca’ Foscari in Venice. During my study, I also accomplished an Erasmus program at the University of Iceland, where under the supervision of Alessandra Giorgi I worked on Quirky Subjects in Icelandic from a diachronic and syncronic point of view. Afterwards, I obtained an MA at the University of Amsterdam. For my Ma thesis, under the supervision of Kees Hengeveld and Roland Pfau, I investigated the meaning-form interface in the Balkan Sprachbund.

Research interests

  • Syntax
  • Voice
  • Alternative questions
  • Reflexivity
  • wh-movement

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