Academic Appointments


  • Emeritus Faculty, Acad Council, Linguistics

Program Affiliations


  • Symbolic Systems Program

2019-20 Courses


All Publications


  • Generating data as a proxy for unavailable corpus data: the contextualized sentence completion task CORPUS LINGUISTICS AND LINGUISTIC THEORY Ford, M., Bresnan, J. 2015; 11 (1): 187-224
  • Dative and genitive variability in Late Modern English Exploring cross-constructional variation and change DIACHRONICA Wolk, C., Bresnan, J., Rosenbach, A., Szmrecsanyi, B. 2013; 30 (3): 382-419
  • The effects of construction probability on word durations during spontaneous incremental sentence production JOURNAL OF MEMORY AND LANGUAGE Kuperman, V., Bresnan, J. 2012; 66 (4): 588-611
  • A statistical model of the grammatical choices in child production of dative sentences LANGUAGE AND COGNITIVE PROCESSES de Marneffe, M., Grimm, S., Arnon, I., Kirby, S., Bresnan, J. 2012; 27 (1): 25-61
  • The dative alternation in African American English: Researching syntactic variation and change across sociolinguistic datasets CORPUS LINGUISTICS AND LINGUISTIC THEORY Kendall, T., Bresnan, J., Van Herk, G. 2011; 7 (2): 229-244
  • PREDICTING SYNTAX: PROCESSING DATIVE CONSTRUCTIONS IN AMERICAN AND AUSTRALIAN VARIETIES OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE Bresnan, J., Ford, M. 2010; 86 (1): 168-213
  • Gradient grammar: An effect of animacy on the syntax of give in New Zealand and American English LINGUA Bresnan, J., Hay, J. 2008; 118 (2): 245-259
  • Typology in variation: a probabilistic approach to be and n't in the Survey of English Dialects ENGLISH LANGUAGE & LINGUISTICS Bresnan, J., Deo, A., Sharma, D. 2007; 11: 301-346
  • Spoken syntax: The phonetics of giving a hand in New Zealand English LINGUISTIC REVIEW Hay, J., Bresnan, J. 2006; 23 (3): 321-349
  • Optimality and functionality: Objections and refutations NATURAL LANGUAGE & LINGUISTIC THEORY Bresnan, J., Aissen, J. 2002; 20 (1): 81-95
  • The emergence of the unmarked pronoun Hopkins Optimality Theory Workshop Bresnan, J. M I T PRESS. 2001: 113–142
  • Morphology competes with syntax: Explaining typological variation in weak crossover effects Workshop on Optimality in Syntax Bresnan, J. M I T PRESS. 1998: 59–92
  • Non-configurationality in Australian aboriginal languages NATURAL LANGUAGE & LINGUISTIC THEORY Austin, P., Bresnan, J. 1996; 14 (2): 215-268
  • THE LEXICAL INTEGRITY PRINCIPLE - EVIDENCE FROM BANTU Meeting of the Formal-Linguistics-Society-of-Mid-America Bresnan, J., MCHOMBO, S. A. KLUWER ACADEMIC PUBL. 1995: 181–254
  • Category mismatches 25th Anniversary of the Annual Conference on African Linguistics Bresnan, J. AFRICA WORLD PRESS. 1995: 19–46
  • LOCATIVE INVERSION AND THE ARCHITECTURE OF UNIVERSAL GRAMMAR LANGUAGE Bresnan, J. 1994; 70 (1): 72-131
  • THE THEMATIC HIERARCHY AND LOCATIVE INVERSION IN UG - A REPLY SYNTAX AND SEMANTICS Bresnan, J., KANERVA, J. M. 1992; 26: 111-125
  • THE THEMATIC HIERARCHY AND LOCATIVE INVERSION IN UG - A REPLY WORKSHOP ON SYNTAX AND THE LEXICON Bresnan, J., KANERVA, J. M. ACADEMIC PRESS INC. 1992: 111–125
  • LOCATIVE INVERSION IN CHICHEWA - A CASE-STUDY OF FACTORIZATION IN GRAMMAR (REPRINTED FROM LINGUISTIC INQUIRY, VOL 20 WORKSHOP ON SYNTAX AND THE LEXICON Bresnan, J., KANERVA, J. M. ACADEMIC PRESS INC. 1992: 53–101
  • OBJECT ASYMMETRIES IN COMPARATIVE BANTU SYNTAX LINGUISTIC INQUIRY Bresnan, J., Moshi, L. 1990; 21 (2): 147-185
  • LOCATIVE INVERSION IN CHICHEWA - A CASE-STUDY OF FACTORIZATION IN GRAMMAR LINGUISTIC INQUIRY Bresnan, J., KANERVA, J. M. 1989; 20 (1): 1-50
  • TOPIC, PRONOUN, AND AGREEMENT IN CHICHEWA LANGUAGE Bresnan, J., MCHOMBO, S. A. 1987; 63 (4): 741-782