Education

  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst, PhD (1993)
  • Université du Québec à Montréal, MA (1986)
  • University of Alberta, BA (1984)

Courses Currently Teaching

Winter 2017

LING432 Field Methods II Sections

Elicitation, transcription, organization, and analysis of linguistic data from a native speaker of a language not commonly studied. Practical experience in the use of fieldwork equipment.

Winter 2017

LING300 Studies in Grammar Sections

Introduction to syntactic analysis and theory, with emphasis on description and analysis of data from a wide variety of languages.

Winter 2017

LING431 Field Methods I Sections

Elicitation, transcription, organization, and analysis of linguistic data from a native speaker of a language not commonly studied. Practical experience in the use of fieldwork equipment.

Winter 2017

LING532 Field Methods in Linguistics II Sections

Winter 2017

LING531 Field Methods in Linguistics I Sections

Sample Publications

  • Déchaine, R.-M. & M. Wiltschko. To appear. When & Why can 1st & 2nd Person Pronouns be Bound Variables?. Proceedings of Semantics Workshop on Pronouns, NELS 40.
  • Blain, E. & R.-M. Déchaine. 2007. Evidential Types: Evidence from Cree Dialects. IJAL 73.3:257-291.
  • Déchaine, R-M. & M. Wiltschko. 2002. Decomposing Pronouns. Linguistic Inquiry 33:409-422.
  • Déchaine, R.-M. On the Left Edge of Yorùbá Complements. Lingua 111:81-130.
  • Déchaine, R.-M. 1999. What Algonquian Morphology is Really Like: Hockett Revisited. In L. Bar-el, R.-M. Déchaine & C. Reinholtz (eds.) Papers from the Workshop on Structure and Constituency in Native American Languages. (MIT Occasional Papers in Linguistics 17, 25-72).
  • Déchaine, R.-M. & V. Manfredi. 1994. Binding Domains in Haitian. Natural Language & Linguistic Theory 12:203-257.
  • Déchaine, R.-M. 1993. Serial Verb Constructions. In J. Jacbos et al. (eds.) Syntax: An International Handbook of Contemporary Research. 799-825. Berlin: de Gruyter.

Research Areas

  • Syntactic Theory
  • Categorization (in collaboration with M. Tremblay, UdeMontréal)
  • Syntactic Interface Relations (syntax-phonology interface, syntax-morphology interface, syntax-semantics interface, syntax-discourse interface)
  • Speech-Gesture Coordination