Eastern Michigan University
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T. Daniel Seely

Professor, Linguistics

612D Pray Harrold

734.487.0145

tseely@emich.edu

Education

PhD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Interests and Expertise

T. Daniel Seely received his Ph.D in Linguistics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His research and teaching is focused on biolinguistic theory, specifically on language as an “organ” of the human brain, and he has specialties in syntax, semantics, and psycholinguistics. Seely’s research has appeared in such journals as SYNTAX and Linguistic Inquiry; he has a number of books with long-time collaborator Samuel Epstein, and is a member of "Project EKS," a research team (with numerous publications) consisting of Samuel Epstein (U. of Michigan), Hisatsugu Kitahara (Keio University, Japan), and T. Daniel Seely. Seely has received a number of teaching awards including Eastern Michigan University's Graduate Mentor Award; The Holman Outstanding Faculty, Classroom Instruction Award; and the Ronald W. Collins Distinguished Faculty Teaching II Award, considered “the most prestigious award offered by the University to an individual faculty member."

Courses

Syntax
Semantics
Psycholinguistics
Modern English Grammar

Recent Publications and Presentations

Seely, T. Daniel, S. D. Epstein, H. Kitahara (2014) "Labeling by Minimal Search: Implications for successive cyclic A-movement and the conception of the postulate 'phase,'" Linguistic Inquiry.

Seely, T. Daniel (2014) "Labeling with Simplest Merge," Labels and Roots, Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft.  Marburg, Germany.

Seely, T. Daniel, S. D. Epstein, H. Kitahara, and M. Obata (2013) "Economy of Derivation and Representation" In The Cambridge Handbook of Generative Syntax, ed. M. den Dikken. Cambridge University Press.

Seely, T. Daniel, S. D. Epstein, and H. Kitahara (2013) "Simplest Merge generates set intersection: Implications for complementizer ‘trace’ explanation."  In The Proceedings of GLOW in Asia IX, 77-92.

Seely, T. Daniel, S. D. Epstein, and H. Kitahara (2012) “Exploring phase based implications regarding clausal architecture. A case study: Why structural Case cannot precede theta" In Phases: Developing the Framework, ed. A. Gallego.  Mouton de Gruyter.

Seely, T. Daniel, S. D. Epstein, and H. Kitahara (2012) “Structure Building that Can’t Be,” In Ways of Structure Building, ed. M. Uribe-Etxebarria and V. Valmala.  Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Seely, T. Daniel, S. D. Epstein, and H. Kitahara (2011) “Derivations,” In Handbook of Minimalist Linguistics, ed. C. Boeckx.  Oxford University Press.

Seely, T. Daniel, S. D. Epstein, and H. Kitahara (2010) "Uninterpretable Features: What are they and what do they do?" In Language Faculty and Beyond series, ed. M.Putnam. John Benjamin's.

Seely, T. Daniel and Dan Parker (2009/10) “The Domain of Application of MaxElide,” paper presented at the Michigan Linguistics Society Annual Meeting, U. of Michigan; at Linguistics Society of America; and published in LSA proceedings (2010).

Seely, T. Daniel, S. D. Epstein, and H. Kitahara (2009) “Deducing Transfer,” Keynote Address for the Mid-America Linguistics Conference, U. of Missouri.

Seely, T. Daniel, S. D. Epstein and H. Kitahara (2009) “The Application of Transfer is Case Sensitive and Deducible,” paper presented at the Conference on Minimalist Approaches to Syntactic Locality, Research Institute for Linguistics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Bedapest, Hungary.

Seely, T. Daniel, S. D. Epstein and H. Kitahara (2008), “Structure Building That Can’t Be,” paper presented at the Ways of Structure Building Conference, University of the Basque Country, Spain.

Seely, T. Daniel, S. D. Epstein, and Hisa Kitahara (2008) “The ‘Value’ of Phonological Underspecification in the Narrow Syntax,”Keynote Address for Crash-Proof Grammars Conference, Carson-Newman College.

Seely, T. Daniel, and S. D. Epstein (2008) The Anatomy of Chomsky’s Biolinguistic Minimalism, a video published in the inaugural issue of the e-journal Biolinguistics, K. Grohmann and C. Boeckx eds.

Seely, T. Daniel and Konstantia Kapetangianni (2007) “Control in Modern Greek: It’s another good move,” in S. Dubinsky & W. Davies (eds) New horizons in the analysis of Control and Raising, Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory series, Springer. 

Seely, T. Daniel (2006) “Merge, derivational c-command, and subcategorization in a label-free syntax,” Cedric Boeckx (ed)Minimalist Essays, LA Series, John Benjamins. 

Seely, T. Daniel and S. D. Epstein, (2006) Derivations in Minimalism, Cambridge University Press: Cambridge. 

Seely, T. Daniel, and S. D. Epstein and A. Pires, (2005) “EPP in T: more controversial subjects,” in SYNTAX: a journal of theoretical, experimental and interdisciplinary research, Blackwell.