Barbara Citko's Research
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 crosslinguistic variation.
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]
Citko, 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. 2011. Symmetry in Syntax: Merge, Move and Labels. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Citko, B. In press. Phase Theory. An Introduction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Journal Articles
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.