email: medeiros [at]

My research has focused primarily on morpho-syntax, the syntax-phonology and syntax-semantics interfaces, experimental linguistics, and field work. I am also interested in syntax/phonology interface explanations for derivational cyclicity, and effects understood via the Empty Category Principle within Government and Binding Theory.

My dissertation examines imperatives, and specifically the interaction between morphology, syntax, and semantics for morphologically imperative verbs. This work is conducted within the generative, Minimalist framework. My qualifying paper focuses on the distribution of resumptive pronouns in Hawaiian, and additional research on Polynesian compares Hawaiian with Niuean with respect to theories of VP-remnant movement. I have also done an experimental study on wh-islands in Japanese and co-authored a talk on the phonology of speech errors. Research and documentation of understudied languages is also a continuing interest.

Research on Hawaiian


(2013) Hawaiian VP-remnant Movement: A Cyclic Linearization Approach. Lingua 127: 72-97.

(2013) A Cyclic Linearization Approach to VP-remnant Movement in Polynesian. The Proceedings of the 9th meeting of GLOW in Asia.

(2010) Extension and locality: A Case Study on Hawaiian. The Proceedings of the 12th Seoul Conference on Generative Grammar, p. 173-213.

ms. Resumption and Highest Subjects in Hawaiian. U of Michigan, unpublished manuscript.

ms. Stress in Hawaiian. U of Michigan, unpublished manuscript.


(2015) The Morphosyntax of the Hawaiian causative. LSA 2015. (Slides)

2013 Spatial P in Polynesian: Hawaiian, Niuean, and Maori. Workshop on Variation in P (Universita Ca' Foscari Venezia).

2013 A Cyclic Linearization Approach to VP-remnant Formation in Niuean and Hawaiian. Linguistic Society of America (Boston).

2012 A Cyclic Linearization Approach to VP-remnant Movement in Polynesian. GLOW in Asia (Mie University).

2010 Extension and Locality: A Case Study on Hawaiian. Seoul International Conference on Generative Grammar (Konkuk University).

2010 Extension, Locality, and the Derivation of Hawaiian VSO. Linguistic Society of America (Baltimore).

2008 Radical Pro-Drop: Evidence from Hawaiian. Michigan Linguistics Society (Wayne State University).

On the cross-linguistic distribution and interpretation of (morphological) imperatives


(2014) Rethinking Imperatives as a Clause Type. NELS Proceedings.

(In Press) Embedded Ancient Greek Imperatives: A Feature-Transfer Analysis. Syntax.

(2013) Formal Approaches to The Syntax and Semantics of Imperatives. Dissertation.

(2011) A Morpho-Syntactic Account of Embedded Imperatives. The Proceedings of the 47th meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society.


(2014) A Weak Necessity Semantics for Morphological Imperatives. LSA 2014. (Handout)

2013 (poster) Rethinking Imperatives as a Clause Type. Northeastern Linguistic Society (University of Connecticut).

2011 Deriving Imperative Semantics at the Syntax-Semantics Interface. Semantics Workshop of the Mid-Atlantic and Prairies (SWAMP) (Ohio State University).

2011 A Morpho-Syntactic Account of Embedded Imperatives. Chicago Linguistics Society (University of Chicago).

Quantitative Research


(2015) Gradient Acceptability by Length in English Heavy NP Shift. LSA 2015. (Slides)

2012 Poster: Empirically Testing Wh-islands in Japanese. Linguistic Society of America (Portland).

2011 The Status of Wh-islands in Japanese: Evidence From a Reaction Time Paradigm. Islands in Contemporary Linguistic Theory (University of the Basque Country).

2011 Tongues Don't Twist, Mental Representations Do. (With Kevin McGowan) Linguistic Society of America (Pittsburgh).

2009 Truncation Revisited: A New Statistical Analysis of Child English Null-Subjects. Purdue Linguistic Symposium (Purdue University).