MIT Department of Linguistics 77 Massachusetts Ave, #32-D808 Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
I am a fifth-year graduate student at the department of linguistics and philosophy at MIT. My dissertation proposes a new syntax/semantics for wh-questions, focusing mostly on English and German questions, and presenting evidence from offline judgments as well as online sentence processing.
Starting in August 2014, I will be a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at McGill University.
Broad interests: The syntax/semantics interface; Experimental approaches to syntax and semantics.
Narrow interests: The effects of covert movement on semantics: wh-questions and focus, quantification, focus intervention effects, and degree semantics. Derivational syntax: Probe- and goal-driven movement, cross-derivational economy.
For an updated list of my presentations and publications, please consult my CV.
A streamlined approach to online linguistic surveys. To appear in Natural Language and Linguistic Thoery. (with Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine.)
Experimental investigations of ambiguity: The case of most. To appear in Natural Language Semantics. (with Yasutada Sudo and Martin Hackl.).
Wh-Fronting in a Two-Probe System. 2014. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, available online.
Covert pied-piping in English multiple wh-questions. To appear in Linguistic Inquiry. (with Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine.)
Intervention out of islands. To appear in the proceedings of NELS 44.
Perception of Japanese vowel duration contrasts by L1 and L2 learners of Japanese: An EEG study. Manuscript under review. (with Miwako Hisagi, Valerie L. Shafer, Shigeru Miyagawa, Ayaka Sugawara, and Dimitrios Pantazis.)
A new syntax for multiple wh-questions: Evidence from real time sentence processing. Manuscript under review. (with Martin Hackl.).
An experimental investigation of interrogative syntax/semantics. 2013. In the proceedings of the Amsterdam Colloquium 2013 (with Martin Hackl).
Long vs. Short QR: Evidence from the Acquisition of ACD. 2013. Proceedings of Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD) 37. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press. (with Ayaka Sugawara, Martin Hackl and Ken Wexler)
The Syntax-Semantics Interface in Hebrew. 2013. Encyclopedia of Hebrew language and linguistics, ed. Khan, Geoffrey. Boston: Brill publishing. Volume 3, 683-688. ISBN: 978-90-04-17642-3. (Contact me for a copy of this article.)
Intervention, covert movement, and focus computation in multiple wh-questions. 2013. LSA Annual Meeting extended abstract.
Readings of Hebrew multiple questions. 2012. Proceedings of the 30th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (WCCFL), ed. Nathan Arnett and Ryan Bennett, 216-225. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project.
Degree Relatives, Definiteness and shifted Reference. 2013. Proceedings of the 40th annual meeting of the North East Linguistic Society (NELS), eds. Seda Kan, Claire Moore-Cantwell, Robert Staubs. GLSA: Amherst, MA. Volume 2, 29-43.
Exploring the cross-linguistic nature of simple and complex words and expressions in human language through Event-Related Potentials. Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Boston, April 2014. (with Miwako Hisagi, Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine, Sachiko Kato, Ayaka Sugawara, Daichi Yasunaga, Dimitrios Pantazis, Masatoshi Koizumi, and Shigeru Miyagawa)
Changes in automaticity of speech processing of Japanese phonetic contrasts in second-language learning: An MEG study. The Japanese Society for Language Sciences (JSLT) 16, Bunkyo University, Japan, June 2014. (with Miwako, Hisagi, Valerie Shafer, Shigeru Miyagawa, Ayaka Sugawara, and Dimitrios Pantazis)
Perception of Japanese vowel duration contrasts by L1 and L2 learners of Japanese: An EEG study. Formal Approaches to Japanese Linguistics (FAJL) 7, International Christian University, Japan, June 2014. (with Miwako, Hisagi, Valerie Shafer, Shigeru Miyagawa, Ayaka Sugawara, and Dimitrios Pantazis)
Changes in automaticity of Japanese phonetic contrast using the mismatch field component. Biomag 2014, Halifax, Canada, August 2014. (with Miwako, Hisagi, Valerie Shafer, Shigeru Miyagawa, Ayaka Sugawara, and Dimitrios Pantazis)
(contact me for a copy of the papers)
Two kinds of single-pair readings. In preparation. I argue that there are two possible scenarios described in the literature as a "single-pair" reading of a multiple question, but that only one of the two is a true single-pair. The other, I argue, is in fact a special case of a pair-list reading.
What's her face. Submitted. A snippet discussing the properties of the construction what's her face. (with Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine)
The syntax and semantics of multiple wh-questions in English.
Intervention effects in wh-questions and focus constructions.
The syntax and semantics of "also."
The syntax and semantics of "the same." (with Martin Hackl)
Morphological blocking effects using ERPs (with Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine, Ayaka Sugawara, Shigeru Miyagawa, and Tohoku University Koizumi Lab)
If you’re wondering how to pronounce my name: in IPA, my first name is [hə.'das] and my last name is ['ko.tɛk]. Hadas is a Israeli/Jewish name referring to one of the Four species, and it is also related to the biblical name Hadassah. Kotek is a Czech name meaning "kitten," and it has cognates in pretty much every Slavic language I know of. Most English-speakers will pronounce my last name with a dipthong, and that is fine with me - I often pronounce it like that myself these days. As for my first name, the only important thing to remember is the stress. You can get rid of the first syllable altogether and I'll still recognize what you say as my name, but if you stress the first syllable there's a good chance that won't even realize that you're talking to me.
Here is a research paper I wrote about my grandfather's journey during World War II: from Czechoslovakia to Denmark to Sweden to England back to mainland Europe, and after the war: from Slovakia to Austria to France to Israel (in Hebrew; contains original interviews with 10 individuals who were also members of my grandfather's Youth Aliyah group, who had similar stories).