Research Statement

I am interested in the theory of the structure of language, at linguistic, psychological, and anatomical levels of abstraction.


  • PCC Effects with Expletives and Non-Associate Post-Verbal Subjects in Bolognese. Going Romance 34, Université Paris 8/Online, Paris, France. Conference Paper, Presented, 11/26/2020.
  • Low Focus, Free Inversion, and Phase Heads in Bolognese, at Cambridge Italian Dialects Syntax Morphology Meeting 14, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic. Conference Paper, Presented, 05/27/2019.
  • When low Foc0 is a Phase Head, at Cambridge Comparative Syntax 8, Cambridge University, Cambridge, England. Conference Paper, Presented, 05/03/2019.
  • Dative Experiencers and (Non-)Obligatory Clitic-Doubling in Bolognese, Invited talk at Anglia Ruskin - Cambridge Romance Linguistics Seminars, University of Cambridge. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 05/02/2019.
  • NELS 49, Free inversion with blocking of Agree by low Foc0: Evidence from Bolognese. Poster, Presented, 10/06/2018.
  • Clitic-doubling with Type 3 Psych-Verbs in Bulgnais. At the 31st Going Romance, Bucharest, Romania. Poster, Presented, 12/07/2017.
  • Obligatory Clitic-Doubling in a Non-Clitic-Doubling Language, Dept. of Linguistics, University of Southern California. Other, Presented, 11/13/2017.
  • CLS 2017: Adverbial Nominals and Case. Conference Paper, Presented, 05/25/2017.
  • Licensing Adverbial Nominals, at the 34th Incontro di Grammatica Generativa, Pavia, Italy. Poster, Presented, 02/16/2017.
  • “Uniform Structural Licensing of NP Adverbials,” at the 17th International Conference on Generative Grammar, Seoul, Korea. Poster, Presented, 08/07/2015.
  • "Minimalist Bare-NP Adverbs" at 16th Seoul International Conference on Generative Grammar. Poster, Presented, 08/2014.
  • Accusative Case and Maximality. Conference Paper, Presented, 10/07/2009.

Grants, Contracts & Research Gifts

  • Bolognese Dialect Research. PI: Edward Rubin. College of Humanities International Travel Fund, 06/13/2017 - 06/24/2017. Total project budget to date: $1,500.00


  • Ancient Greek (to 1453), functional.
  • French, functional.
  • German, basic.
  • Italian, fluent.
  • Latin, functional.
  • Romanian, basic.
  • Spanish, functional.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Italy


  • Rubin, Edward J. 2019. Free inversion with blocking of Agree by low Foc0: Evidence from Bolognese. In M. Baird and J. Pesetsky (eds.) NELS 49, Volume 3. Pgg. 97-106. GLSA, Department of Linguistics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Published, 12/06/2019.
  • Edward J. Rubin (2018). Obligatory dative clitic-doubling of type III experiencers in Bulgnaiṡ. Linguistic Society of America. Published, 03/03/2018.
  • Proceedings of the 34th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics, Cascadilla Press, Somerville MA. (with A. F. Kaplan, A. S. Kaplan, and M. McCarvel). Published, 03/09/2017.
  • “Uniform Structural Licensing of NP Adverbials,” in Proceedings of the 17th Seoul International Conference on Generative Grammar, T.-S. Kim and S. Ha (Eds), Korean Generative Grammar Circle, Seoul, pp. 426-441. Published, 10/2015.
  • Theoretical and Experimental Approaches to Romance Linguistics, Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 272. John Benjamins, Amsterdam. Published, 09/2005.
  • "Determining Pair-Merge", Linguistic Inquiry 34.4. Published, 09/2003.
  • “The Role of Functional Categories in Bilingual Children's Language Mixing and Differentiation,” in World Englishes 15.3, pp. 385-393. (with A. Toribio.). Published, 09/1997.