Line Mikkelsen

Associate Professor, Undergraduate Advisor

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syntax, semantics, morphology, Danish and other Germanic languages, Karuk and other languages of California, philosophy of language
Research areas: Syntax & Semantics

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Office Hours: W 2-3,Th 4-5
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Personal Statement

Ph.D., Linguistics, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2004. Her research interests are the syntax, semantics, and morphology of natural language, and the relations among these. She works on Danish (and other Germanic languages) and Karuk, a Hokan language of Northern California.  She has worked on noun incorporation, definiteness marking, expletive constructions, relative clauses, and copular constructions (the last is the topic of her dissertation). She is currently investigating verb phrase anaphora, the internal structure of complex DPs and information-structural effects on word order. She has a long-standing interest in philosophy of language and is affiliated with the department of philosophy .

Selected publications

"VP anaphora and verb-second order in Danish" To appear in Journal of Linguistics.

"Licensing Trouble"  Linguistic Inquiry 45:4 (2013) With Mark Norris and Jorge Hankamer. 

"Sameness, Ellipsis, and Anaphora"  In Proceedings of the 2011 Amsterdam Colloquium (2012). With Dan Hardt and Bjarne Ørsnes.

"Orphans hosted by VP anaphora" In Jaehoon Choi et al (eds) Proceedings of WCCFL 29, pp. 178-186 (2012). With Dan Hardt and Bjarne Ørsnes.

"Verbal inflection at a distance." In Nick LaCara, Anie Thompson, and Matt A. Tucker (eds.) Morphology at Santa Cruz: Papers in honor of Jorge Hankamer, pp. 85-96 (2011). Santa Cruz, CA: LRC Publications.

Representing Language. Essays in honor of Judith Aissen. Co-edited with Rodrigo Gutiérrez-Bravo and Eric Potsdam. California Digital Library eScholarship Repository. Linguistic Research Center, University of California, Santa Cruz. (2011)

"A defective auxiliary in Danish" Journal of Germanic Linguistics 23.3, 245--298 (2011). With Michael Houser and Maziar Toosarvandani.

"Copular clauses" In Klaus von Heusinger, Claudia Maienborn, and Paul Portner (eds.) Semantics: An International Handbook of Natural Language Meaning. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. (2011) [pdf]

"On prosody and focus in object shift" Syntax 14:3 (2011). [pdf]

"Definiteness marking and the structure of Danish pseudopartitives." (Jorge Hankamer). Journal of Linguistics 44:2, 317--346 (2008). [pdf]

 "On so-called truncated clefts"  In Ljudmila Geist and Björn Rothstein (eds.) Kopulaverben und Kopulasätze: Intersprachliche und Intrasprachliche Aspekte, pp. 47--68. Tübingen: Niemeyer Verlag (2007) [pdf]

Verb Phrase Pronominalization in Danish: Deep or Surface Anaphora. (With Michael Houser and Maziar Toosarvandani). In Erin Brainbridge and Brian Agbayani (eds.) Proceedings of the Thirty-Fourth Western Conference on Linguistics, 183-195 (2007)

Copular Clauses: Specification, predication and equation. Amsterdam: John Benjamins (2005). [link]

"When movement must be blocked: A reply to Embick and Noyer." With Jorge Hankamer. Linguistic Inquiry 36(1), 85-125 (2005).

"Specificational subjects -- a formal characterization and some consequences." Acta Linguistica Hafniensia 36, 79-112 (2004).

"A morphological analysis of definite nouns in Danish." With Jorge Hankamer. Journal of Germanic Linguistics 14:2, 137-175 (2002)

"Reanalyzing the definiteness effect: Evidence from Danish." Working Papers in Scandinavian Syntax 69, 1-75 (2002)

"Expletive subjects in subject relative clauses." In Werner Abraham and Jan-Wouter Zwart (eds.) Studies in Comparative Germanic Syntax, 71-93, Amsterdam: John Benjamins (2002).

"Specification is not inverted predication." In Masako Hirotani (ed.) Proceedings of NELS 32, 403-422 (2002).

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