Professor Hilda Koopman’s general research interests include Syntactic Theory, comparative syntax, morphosyntax, and syntax phonology interface. Her fieldwork includes work with languages such as the African languages (Kru languages, Gur (Nawdem), Mande (Bambara), Kwa (Abe), Grassfield Bantu (Nweh, Ncufie..), West Atlantic (Wolof, Fulani), Nilotic (Maasai), Austronesian (Malagasy, Javanese, Samoan), and Creole languages . Her recent manuscripts include Samoan ergativity as double passivizatio, The que/qui alternation: new analytical directions (with Dominque Sportiche), “When to pied-pipe and when to strand in San Dionicio Octotepec Zapotec,” “On the parallelism of DPs and clauses in Kisongo Maasai,” and Derivations and complexity filters. Her publications include The Syntax of Verbs: from Verb Movement rules in the Kru Languages to Universal Grammar and The Syntax of Specifiers and Heads. Her current research projects include the following topics: mirror order violations, morpheme ordering, and their proper understanding: what can become a word; the Syntax of Voice and Voice stacking; agreement phenomena; ergativity (Samaon: yes, double passivization!) and accusativity (how can you ever get an accusative?); restrictions on recursion; relative clauses and N/V asymmetries; accounting for differences in the distribution of floated quantifiers in varieties of Dutch, German, English and Malagasy; subject-object asymmetries that-t phenomena; and developing modern tools to gather data on individual grammars; variability in individual grammars and clustering of patterns: testing theoretical predictions for the grammar of individual speakers in the domain of verbal complexes.
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