Research Interests

Eric Reuland

Room: 1.06 (Trans 10)
Phone: +31 (0)30 2536019


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1213 LA Hilversum
Phone: +31-(0)35-6214431

Position: Professor of Linguistic, especially syntax


Course: Van Taal naar Theorie (Introduction to Linguistics)


A substantial part of the goals I think are important to pursue in linguistics are reflected in the general program of Language in Use. My more immediate research interests you will see reflected in my involvement with the project group on Grammar and Interpretation and the Typology project.

Very broadly my research interests involve the relation between "syntax" (or, less theory neutral, the computational system of human language as investigated from the perspective of the "minimalist program"), systems of interpretation (semantics, discourse), and the principles governing their access and use (processing, division of labor).

Through the years, my research topics have included mixed categories (English gerunds, nominal infinitives in Dutch, theory of syntactic categories), existential constructions (indefinites, expletives), anaphora (binding theory, long-distance anaphora, logophoricity, cross-linguistic variation) with an occasional foray into experimental work on the division of labor among the linguistic systems.

My current work takes anaphora as a starting point. The systems of anaphora in natural language very clearly have syntactic, semantic and pragmatic dimensions. I wish to explore what they tell us about the interfaces between syntax, semantic and pragmatics and their division of labor. In the long run we have to know far more precisely what the range of variation is in way in which anaphoric dependencies are encoded in human languages. This is the reason for my interest in the typology project.

In order to achieve a real understanding of the way in which the human capacity for language is embedded in our cognitive system as a whole, experimental work must be conducted. One of my immediate goals is to help develop such plans, specifically concerning the way anaphoric dependencies are processed by the human brain (using the non-invasive brain imaging techniques currently available).

PhD projects currently (co-)supervised

Editorial work

Selected bibliography

Reuland, Eric. 1979. Principles of subordination and construal in the grammar of Dutch. Unpublished doctoral dissertation. University of Groningen.

Reuland, Eric. 1983. Governing '-ing'. Linguistic Inquiry 14, 101-136

Reuland, Eric. 1985. Representation at the Level of Logical Form and the Definiteness Effect. In Grammatical Representation, ed. Jacqueline Guéron, Hans Obenauer and Jean- Yves Pollock, 327-362. Dordrecht: Foris

Reuland, Eric. 1987. Indefinite Subjects. In Proceedings of NELS 18 Vol 2, ed. James Blevin and Juli Carter, 375-395. Amherst, Mass.: GLSA Department of Linguistics

Reuland, Eric, and Alice ter Meulen.1987. Introduction. In The representation of (In)definitess, ed. Eric Reuland and Alice ter Meulen, 1-20. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press

Reuland, Eric. 1990. Head Movement and the Relation between Morphology and Syntax. Yearbook of Morphology 3, 129-161

Reuland, Eric. 1990. Reflexives and Beyond: Non-local anaphora in Italian Revisited. In Grammar in Progress, ed. Juan Mascaró and Marina Nespor, 351-363. Dordrecht: Foris

Reinhart, Tanya and Eric Reuland. 1991. Anaphors and logophors: An argument structure perspective. In Long-distance Anaphora, ed. Jan Koster and Eric Reuland, 283-321. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Reuland, Eric. 1993. Reflections on Knowledge and Language. In Knowledge and Language: From Plato's Problem to Orwell's Problem, ed. Eric Reuland and Werner Abraham. Dordrecht: Kluwer

Reinhart, Tanya and Eric Reuland. 1993. Reflexivity. Linguistic Inquiry 24.4: 657-720.

Reuland, Eric and Tanya Reinhart. 1995. Pronouns, Anaphors and Case. In Studies in Comparative Germanic Syntax, ed. Hubert Haider, Susan Olsen and Sten Vikner, 241 269. Dordrecht: Kluwer.

Reuland, Eric and Sigrínd, Eric and Sigridur Sigurjónsdóttir. 1997. Long Distance 'Binding' in Icelandic: Syntax or Discourse? Atomism and Binding, ed. Hans Bennis, Pierre Pica and Johan Rooryck, 323-340. Dordrecht: Foris.

Reuland, Eric. 1998. Structural conditions on chains and binding. In Proceedings of NELS 28. Amherst, Mass.: GLSA, University of Massachusetts, 341-356

Reuland, Eric. 2000. Interface Strategies: Introduction. In Interface Strategies, ed. Hans Bennis, Martin Everaert, Eric Reuland, vii-xviii. Amsterdam: Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences

Reuland, Eric (ed.) 2000. Arguments and Case: Explaining Burzio's Generalization. Amsterdam: Benjamins

Reuland, Eric. 2000. The fine structure of grammar: Anaphoric relations. In Reflexives: Forms and functions, ed. Zygmunt Frajzyngier and Traci Curl, 1-40. Amsterdam: Benjamins

Reuland, Eric. 2000. Anaphors, logophors and binding. In Long-distance reflexives, ed. Peter Cole, Gabriella Hermon, and C.-T. James Huang. Syntax and Semantics 33, 343-370. San Diego, Cal.: Academic Press.

Reuland, Eric. 2001. Revolution, Discovery, and an Elementary Principle of Logic. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 18.4, 843-848

Reuland, Eric. In press/2001. Primitives of Binding. Linguistic Inquiry 32.3


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