Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197
Professor, Linguistics Program Coordinator
English Language and Literature
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. 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, the late 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. Two collections of their papers are published in the Routledge Leading Linguists Series under the titles Explorations in Maximizing Syntactic Minimization and A Minimalist Theory of Simplest Merge.
Seely has received a number of teaching awards including:
Thank-an-Eagle, 2021, 2020 Faculty Development Center, Recipient
Thank-a-Professor, 2019 Nominee
Star Lecture Series, University-wide Honors Program Lecture Series invited speaker with the presentation: “The language that divides us and the language that unites us.” 2016 Star Lecture
William Fennel Symposium Mentor Award, 2013 nominee
Linguistic Society of America, Summer Institute Course, Derivational Approaches to Minimalist Syntax, with S. D. Epstein and H. Kitahara, University of Michigan, 2013.
McNair Scholars Mentor, 2011, 2021
Eastern Michigan University’s Graduate Mentor Award, 2009 recipient
Holman Outstanding Faculty, Classroom Instruction Award, 2008 nominee
Linguist of the Day, LINGUIST LIST Fund Drive, 2007
The Holman Outstanding Faculty, Classroom Instruction Award, 2007 nominee
Honors Faculty of the Year, given by the student members of the University Honors College, 2005-2006 nominee.
The Holman Outstanding Faculty, Classroom Instruction Award, 2005 nominee.
Star Lecture Series, University-wide Honors Program Lecture Series participant with the presentation: “There is no such thing as English! … and other puzzles of modern linguistics” 2005 participant by special invitation for University Honors Program.
Ronald W. Collins Distinguished Faculty Teaching II Award, 2004 recipient.
Institutional Values Award, Teaching, 2003 nominee.
Ronald W. Collins Distinguished Faculty Teaching II Award, 2003 nominee.
Linguistic Society of America, Summer Institute Course, English Syntax, Michigan State University, 2003.
The Holman Outstanding Faculty in a Student Support Role, 2003 nominee.
The Holman Outstanding Faculty, Classroom Instruction Award, 2002 recipient.
EMU Ambassadors Certificate of Recognition for Excellence in Teaching, 2002 recipient.
Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence, 1991, 1996 nominee.
Seely, T. Daniel, S. D. Epstein, H. Kitahara, "Some Concepts & Consequences of 3rd Factor-Compliant Simplest MERGE," presented at Generative Grammar at the Speed of 90; U. of Arizona. 2018
Seely, T. Daniel, S. D. Epstein, H. Kitahara, "A Simpler Solution to Two Problems Revealed about the Composite Operation Agree," The Japanese Society for Language Sciences, Bunkyo Gakuin University. 2018