My research in
theoretical syntax is informed by the tradition of generative grammar
pioneered by Noam Chomsky in the late fifties, which assumes the
existence of an innate language faculty distinct from (but interfacing
with) other cognitive systems. Its most recent incarnation, the
Minimalist Program, takes this innate language faculty to be an optimal
solution to the constraints imposed on it by the cognitive systems with
which it interacts. The impact of my research in this minimalist
enterprise is threefold. First, my
research on symmetry in syntax contributes to our understanding of the
nature of three basic syntactic mechanisms underlying the combinatorial
properties of language: Merge, Move and Labeling. Second,
my research contributes to our understanding
of what we might call non-canonical wh-constructions: across-the-board
wh-questions (What did Peter write and Bill review?), questions with
coordinated wh-pronouns (What and where did John sing?), multiple
wh-questions (Where did John sing what?) and various types of relative clauses. And
third, my research on Polish contributes to our understanding of the
syntax of Slavic languages and, more generally, to our understanding of
which aspects of language are universal and which ones are subject to
Recent and Upcoming Presentations
Citko, Barbara and Martina
Gracanin-Yuksek. 2013. 'Multiple Coordinated Relative Clauses'. Presented at
the LSA Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, Jan 6, 2013. [handout
Citko, Barbara and Martina
Gracanin-Yuksek. 2012. 'Wh-coordination in Free Relatives'. Presented
at NELS 43, CUNY Graduate Center, Oct 19, 2012. [handout
Barbara. 2012. Obviation and Control: A view from Polish. Presented at
SinFonija 5, University of Vienna, Sept 17, 2012. [handout
Representative Publications (for a complete list, please see my CV)
Citko, B. and Martina Gracanin-Yuksek. 2013. 'Towards a New Typology of Coordinated Wh-Questions. Journal of Linguistics. [abstract
Citko, B. 2011.‘Small Clauses,’ Language and Linguistics Compass 5: 748-763[abstract
Citko, B. 2010. ‘On the Distribution of -Kolwiek 'Ever' in Polish Free Relative Clauses,’
Journal of Slavic Linguistics 18: 221-258.
Citko, B. 2008. ‘An Argument against Assimilating Appositive Relatives to Coordinate Structures,’
Linguistic Inquiry 39: 633-655.[abstract
Citko, B. 2008. ‘Missing Labels,’ Lingua 118: 907–944.
Citko, B. 2008. ‘Small Clauses Reconsidered: Not So Small and Not All Alike,’ Lingua 118: 261-295.
Citko, B. 2006. ‘Determiner Sharing from a Crosslinguistic Perspective,’ Linguistic Variation Yearbook 6:73–96.
Citko, B. 2006. ‘The Interaction between Across-the-Board Wh-Movement and Left Branch Extraction,’ Syntax 9: 225-247. [abstract
Citko, B. 2005. ‘On the
Nature of Merge: External Merge, Internal Merge, and Parallel Merge,’
Linguistic Inquiry 36: 475-497. [abstract
Citko, B. 2004. ‘On Headed, Headless, and Light-Headed Relatives,’ Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 22: 95-126. [abstract
Citko, B. 2003. ‘On the
Syntax and Semantics of English and Polish Concessive Conditionals,’
Journal of Slavic Linguistics 11: 37-54.
Citko, B. 2002.
‘(Anti)reconstruction Effects in Free Relatives: A New Argument against
the Comp Account,’ Linguistic Inquiry 33: 507-511.
Citko, B. 2000. ‘On the Syntax and Semantics of Polish Adjunct Clauses,’ Journal of Slavic Linguistics 8: 5-25.