SAM ZUKOFF, linguist

I'm currently a Postdoctoral Researcher in Grammatical Theory in the "Interaction of Grammatical Building Blocks" graduate program in Linguistics at the University of Leipzig. My research focuses on phonology, morphology, and historical linguistics.


Reduplicant Shape Alternations in Ponapean:
Evidence Against Morphological Doubling Theory
Reduplicant shape alternations in Ponapean are driven by the need to avoid clashes and avoid adjacent identical light syllables. This analysis works straightforwardly in BRCT, but actually can't be replicated in MDT.
Check out my forthcoming NELS paper for details:
The Mirror Alignment Principle:
Morpheme Ordering at the Morphosyntax-Phonology Interface
You can derive the Mirror Principle by projecting c-command relations in the morphosyntax onto domination relations among alignment constraints in the phonology. This allows for a unified analysis of all sorts of morpheme ordering problems, including infixation in Arabic nonconcatenative morphology, asymmetric compositionality in the Bantu CARP template, and mobile affixation in Huave.
My manuscript is just about ready. If you'd like to take a look at the current version, email me.