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John S Bowers

Professor

Morrill Hall, Room 206
john.bowers@cornell.edu
607-255-0732

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Overview

Bowers' main areas of interest are the syntax and semantics of natural language and the relationship between the two. He is particularly interested in the level of logical form and the extent to which representations at this level are determined by the principles of syntax. His recent work in syntax is concerned with functional categories and with the development of a minimalist approach to argument structure. Bowers is particularly interested in the syntax and semantics of predication and in the internal structure of nominals. He has done some work on metrics and maintains an interest in the relationship between linguistic theory and literature, particularly poetry.

Departments/Programs

  • Linguistics

Graduate Fields

  • Cognitive Science
  • Linguistics

Research

My main areas of interest are the syntax and semantics of natural language and the relationship between the two. I am particularly interested in the level of logical form and the extent to which representations at this level are determined by the principles of syntax. My recent work in syntax is concerned with functional categories and with the development of a minimalist approach to argument structure. I am particularly interested in the syntax and semantics of predication and in the internal structure of nominals. I have done some work on metrics and maintain an interest in the relationship between linguistic theory and literature, particularly poe

Publications

Bowers, J. and E. Georgala (to appear). The syntax of goals and benificiaries in Standard Modern Greek. In Studies in the Morpho-syntax of Greek, ed. Artemis Alexiadou, Cambridge Scholars Publishing. [pdf]

Bowers, J. (to appear). On reducing control to movement. Syntax. [pdf]

Bowers, J. (2002). Transitivity. Linguistic Inquiry 33: 183-224.

Bowers, J. (2001). Predication. In The handbook of contemporary syntactic theory, ed. by Mark Baltin and Chris Collins, 299-333. Oxford: Blackwell.

Bowers, J. (1997). A binary analysis of resultatives. In Proceedings of the 1997 Linguistics Society Conference, Texas Linguistic Forum, 38: 43-58. [pdf]

Bowers, J. (1993). The syntax of predication. Linguistic Inquiry 24: 591-656. [pdf]

Bowers, J. (1991). The syntax and semantics of nominals. In Cornell University Working Papers in Linguistics 10: 1-30. (Proceedings of the First Semantics and Linguistic Theory Conferen ce.) Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.