Craig Sailor
University of Cambridge
Craig Sailor
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Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics
University of Cambridge
Sidgwick Avenue
Cambridge, CB3 9DA
United Kingdom

About me

I'm a teaching associate in syntax at the University of Cambridge. I was previously a postdoctoral researcher on the Incomplete Parenthesis project at the University of Groningen. My research is primarily in theoretical syntax — particularly ellipsis and polarity — from a crosslinguistic perspective. I have also worked on Taiwanese tonology (with Jie Zhang and Yuwen Lai) and syntax.

Topics I've been working on recently include:

  • VP ellipsis — what it can tell us about the fine structure of the verbal-inflectional domain
  • Dialectal microvariation in varieties of English, esp. between American and British varieties
  • The derivation and crosslinguistic distribution of tag questions and negative polar questions
  • Argument structure and the syntactic representation of grammatical voice, and
  • How first principles in syntax can be made to derive generalizations from word-order typology

A selection of papers and handouts can be found below. For a complete list, see my CV.
 

Theses/Dissertation top

Sailor, Craig. 2014. The Variables of VP Ellipsis. Doctoral dissertation, UCLA.

Sailor, Craig. 2009. Tagged for Deletion: A Typological Approach to VP Ellipsis in Tag Questions. Master's thesis, UCLA.

Turnbull-Sailor, Craig. 2007. Syntactic Patterns of Embedded wh- Clauses. Master's thesis, University of Kansas.

Papers top

Griffiths, James and Craig Sailor. To appear. "Prepositional Object Gaps in British English." To appear in Linguistics in the Netherlands. [Note: this is a pre-publication draft and contains some minor errors.]

Sailor, Craig. Accepted. "The Typology of Head Movement and Ellipsis: a reply to Lipták & Saab." Accepted to Natural Language and Linguistic Theory.

Sailor, Craig. In progress. "Polarity-Driven Inversion in British English and Beyond." Ms., University of Groningen / University of Cambridge.

Sailor, Craig. In progress. "Tag Questions and the Typology of VP Ellipsis." Ms., UCLA. [Note: this is an updated and expanded version of material from the CLS 46 proceedings paper listed below. See also my UCLA MA thesis, above.]

Sailor, Craig and Gary Thoms. 2014. "On the Non-Existence of Non-Constituent Coordination and Non-Constituent Ellipsis." In Proceedings of the 31st West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (WCCFL 31).

Sailor, Craig and Anoop Mahajan. 2013. "Toward a Derivational Typology." In Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society (NELS 42).

Sailor, Craig. 2012. "Inflection at the Interface." Ms., UCLA. [Note: see chapters 1 and 2 of my dissertation for an expanded version of this work.]

Zhang, Jie, Yuwen Lai, and Craig Sailor. 2011. "Modeling Taiwanese Speakers' Knowledge of Tone Sandhi in Reduplication." Lingua 121, pp. 181-206.

Sailor, Craig. To appear (submitted 2011). "VP Ellipsis in Tag Questions: A Typological Approach." In Proceedings of The 46th Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society (CLS 46). [Note: see "Tag Questions and the Typology of VP Ellipsis", above, for an expanded version.]

Ahn, Byron and Craig Sailor. To appear (submitted 2011). "The Emerging Middle Class." In Proceedings of The 46th Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society (CLS 46).

Zhang, Jie, Yuwen Lai, and Craig Sailor. 2009. "Effects of phonetics and frequency on the productivity of Taiwanese tone sandhi." In Proceedings of the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society (CLS 43).

Zhang, Jie, Yuwen Lai, and Craig Sailor. 2008. "Opacity, phonetics, and frequency in Taiwanese tone sandhi." In Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Linguists.

Zhang, Jie, Yuwen Lai, and Craig Turnbull-Sailor. 2006. "Wug-testing the 'tone circle' in Taiwanese." In Proceedings of the 25th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (WCCFL 25), eds. Donald Baumer, David Montero, and Michael Scanlon. Cascadilla Proceedings Project, Somerville, MA. 453-461.
 

Presentations & Handouts top

Sailor, Craig. 2015. "Polarity-Driven Inversion in British English and Beyond." Invited talk given to the University College London syntax group, 20 February 2015, London, UK.

Ahn, Byron and Craig Sailor. 2014. "Obligatory Object Gaps in Infinitival Clauses." Presented at the Linguistic Society of America (LSA) 2014 Annual Meeting, 2 January 2014, Minneapolis, MN.

Sailor, Craig. 2013. "Questionable Negation." Presented at the Linguistic Society of America (LSA) 2013 Annual Meeting, 3 January 2013, Boston, MA.

Sailor, Craig. 2012. "The Size of Silence: Diagnosing the Fine Structure of VP Ellipsis." Invited talk presented at the Talks in Linguistics series, 16 November 2012, University of Illinois at Chicago. [Note: see chapter 1 of my dissertation for an expanded version of this work.]

Sailor, Craig. 2012. "On Embedded Polar Replies." Presented at the Workshop on the Syntax of Answers to Polar Questions, 9 June 2012, Newcastle University.

Sailor, Craig. 2012. "Remarks on Replies: on Emphatic Polarity in English." Presented at the Linguistic Society of America (LSA) 2012 Annual Meeting, 5 January 2012, Portland, OR. [Note: see chapter 3 of my dissertation for an expanded version of this work.]

Sailor, Craig and Byron Ahn. 2010. "The Voices in our Heads: The VoiceP in English." Ms., UCLA. Presented at the Workshop on Morphological Voice and its Grammatical Interfaces, June 25-27 2010, University of Vienna.

Sailor, Craig and Grace Kuo. 2010. "Taiwanese VP Ellipsis and the Progressive Prohibition." Ms., UCLA. Presented at the joint meeting of the International Association of Chinese Linguistics 18 (IACL-18) and the North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics 22 (NACCL-22), Harvard University.


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Last updated: 24 December 2015