Research Statement

I am interested in formal aspects of syntax, its interfaces with morphology and semantics, and the structure of competence in general. I have special interest in the Romance family and particularly in its endangered minority languages and variation among them.

Research Keywords

  • Syntax-Semantics Interface
  • Syntax
  • Romance Linguistics
  • Morpho-Syntax
  • Linguistic Micro-Variation


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


  • Edward J. Rubin & Aaron Kaplan (2024). GSR and Suppletion in Bolognese Clitics. Cascadilla Press. Accepted, 01/16/2024.
  • Rubin, E. & A. Kaplan. Segmental and Prosodic Influences on Bolognese Epenthesis. In L. Repetti, J. Y. Kim, V, Miatto, A. Petrovic (Eds.) Epenthesis and Beyond: Recent approaches to insertion in phonology and its interfaces. Language Science Press. Accepted, 12/15/2022.
  • Edward J. Rubin & Aaron Kaplan (2022). Lexical Selection in Bolognese Clitic Allomorphy. Isogloss. Open Journal of Romance Linguistics. Published, 11/14/2022.
  • Rubin, Edward J. 2022. PCC effects with expletives and non­-associate postverbal subjects in Bolognese. RLLT17, eds. Ora Matushansky, Laurent Roussarie, Michela Russo, Elena Soare & Sophie Wauquier. Special issue of Isogloss Open Journal of Romance Linguistics 8(2)/6, 1­16. Published, 02/22/2022.
  • 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.