Daniel Greeson


New! I presented "English hyperraising it seems is mediated by the θ-criterion" at the Penn Locality Workshop on April 1, 2023.  [handout]

New! My short squib on Brazilian Portuguese hyperraising is on LingBuzz. [link]

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E-mail: daniel.greeson@stonybrook.edu

Office: N-222 Social and Behavioral Sciences (in the middle of the north wing of the second floor)

Current roles: I am currently the Department of Linguistics union mobilizer with the Stony Brook GSEU. I also TA for LIN 431: Structure of an Uncommonly Taught Language. My office hours are M/W 10–11am in N-222 SBS. 

Daniel Greeson, a tall blonde man, posing for a photograph with a background of autumn leaves in a park

Me at Avalon Nature Preserve. Picture credit: Félix Fonseca.


I'm a PhD student in the Department of Linguistics at Stony Brook University, which I joined in fall 2021. I'm advised by Paco Ordóñez and also work with Sandhya Sundaresan. I previously got a BA/MA in Linguistics at  the Department of Linguistics, Languages & Culture at Michigan State University,  advised by Cristina Schmitt. 

My MA thesis focused on the syntactic and semantic properties of pronouns (especially the contrast between null and overt subjects in Romance, and between gendered pronouns and singular they in English). While at MSU, I also worked in the MSU Language Acquisition Lab to look at how kids learn the different properties of subject pronouns in Spanish.  I continue to be interested in studying how kids seem to do a lot of learning with a little data. 

Currently I am working on topics at the syntax–phonology and syntax–semantics interfaces (see the research tab).  I am also broadly interested in lavender/LGBT linguistics and how thinking about gender, sexuality, and other social categories can inform us about language, and how linguistics can help us appreciate and protect this linguistic diversity. 

A sample tree from my research thrown in for decorative purposes. The corresponding string is Daniel it seems does syntax

A syntax tree for the sentence "Daniel it seems does syntax." The crucial parts are that "Daniel" starts out in the embedded clause and then A-moves to the specifier of Subject P in the matrix clause. "It" is based merged in the specifier of little v P in the matrix clause, where it gets a P source theta role, then moves to speck T P.