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Carol Gilson Rosen

Professor Emerita

Morrill Hall, Room 215


Rosen's research belongs to a recent tradition that seeks to build a theory of universal grammar on a broad database, free of anglocentrism, and to find out empirically what kinds of formalism can best reveal and explain the regularities that run through the world's languages. This line of research, based in relational grammar, is unconventional in that it envisions non-spatial representations of abstract syntactic structure. Her current work centers on the typology of morphosyntactic rules and on the serialization of clausemate predicates, a topic which bears on such areas as auxiliaries, modals, and many constructions expressing causation, possession, and predication. Home base for her is the Romance language family, especially Italian. Rosen regularly teaches historical and comparative Romance linguistics, an old discipline now strikingly renewed by current theoretical approaches. 


  • Linguistics


  • Theory of universal grammar on a broad database, free of anglocentrism
  • The regularities that run through the world's languages 
  • Relational grammar
  • Typology of morphosyntatic rules and the serialization of clausemate predicates
  • Italian.  


  • Rosen, C. (to appear). Auxiliation and serialization: On discerning the difference. In A. Alsina, J. Bresnan, and P. Sells (Eds.), Complex predicates . Stanford: CSLI. 
  • Rosen, C. (1990). Rethinking Southern Tiwa: The geometry of a triple agreement language. Language, 66 , 669-713. 
  • Rosen, C. (1990). Italian evidence for multi-predicate clauses. In K. Dziwirek, P. Farrell, and E. Mejias-Bikandi (Eds.), Grammatical relations: A cross-theoretical perspective . Stanford: CSLI. 
  • Rosen, C. & Wali, K. (1989). Twin passives, inversion, and multistratalism in Marathi. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, 7 , 1-50. 
  • Rosen, C. & Davies, W. (1988). Unions as multi-predicate clauses. Language, 64 , 52-88.