I'm currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Florida. In 2015 I defended my dissertation in the Linguistics Department at the University of Chicago. My primary research interests lie in morphosyntax. I also did some work in phonetics/phonology, where I am especially interested in word-accentual systems.

My work relies heavily on fieldwork. I've been working on the Niger-Congo language Wolof, spoken in Senegal, since 2010. I recently started working on a Trans-New Guinean language Mee (Ekari).

Contact Information

mmartinovic [at] ufl [dot] edu
Department of Linguistics
University of Florida
4017 Turlington Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611-5454

Curriculum vitae


2017. Job: A Visiting Assistant Professor position in the Linguistics Department at the University of Florida starting August 15.

2017. Conference: "Event-relative modality: the case of Wolof imperfective 'di'." (with Ryan Bochnak) Talk at Sinn und Bedeutung 22, Potsdam/Berlin, September 7-10.

2017. Conference: "Locatives and biclausal progressives in Wolof." (with Marie-Luise Schwarzer) Talk at NELS 48, Reykjavík, Iceland, October 27-29.

2017. Conference: "Pseudoclefts are a source of sluicing and fragments in Wolof." Poster at NELS 48, Reykjavík, Iceland, October 27-29.


2017. Conference: "Optional past tense in Wolof." (with Ryan Bochnak) ACAL 48, Bloomington, IN. March 30 - April 2.

2017. Fieldwork: Fieldwork in Senegal, April-May.

2017. Conference: "Deriving the readings of Wolof imperfective 'di'." (with Ryan Bochnak) TripleA 4, Gothenburg, Sweden, June 9-11.

2016. Conference: "Head-splitting at the Wolof clausal periphery." Poster presentation at WCCFL 34, Salt Lake City, UT, April 29 - May 1

2016. Fieldwork: Fieldwork in Senegal, March.

2016. NLLT paper now online: Wolof Wh-movement at the Syntax-Morphology Interface

2015. Invited talk : "Head-splitting and the C-T link." University of Potsdam Linguistics Department Colloquium. November 4.

2015. Job : A two-year post-doc position at the University of Leipzig in the research group Interaction of grammatical building blocks (IGRA) starting September 15

2015. Dissertation : "Feature geometry and head-splitting: Evidence from the Wolof clausal periphery"

2015. Conference : "Exhaustivity, Predication, and the Semantics of Movement" (with Peter Klecha). 41st Annual Meeting of the BLS , Berkeley, CA. February 7-8.

2015. Conference : "Exhaustivity is Predication" (with Peter Klecha). 89th Annual Meeting of the LSA , Portland, OR. January 8-11.

2014. Fieldwork : Fieldwork in Paris, September-October (partly funded by NSF grant BCS-1349105).

2014. Fieldwork : Fieldwork in Senegal, March-May (funded by NSF grant BCS-1349105).

2014. Award : National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (BCS-1349105). Project: Non-verbal predication and the syntax of information structure in Wolof.

2014. Conference : "Morphological OCP in Wolof A'-movement", LSA Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, January 2-5.

2013. Invited Talk : "Wh-morphology and morphological OCP in Wolof". Linguistics Colloquium talk at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany. November 19.

2013. Invited Talk : "A'-extraction effects, locality and cyclicity in Wolof". Linguistics Colloquium talk at the University of Potsdam, Germany. November 15.

2013. Research Visit: Visit to the University of Potsdam Linguistics Department for the month of November related to the A1 project on the syntax of information structure.

2013. Fieldwork: Fieldwork with Wolof speakers in Paris during September and October.

2013. Conference : "Specificational subjects are individual concepts". (with Karlos Arregi and Itamar Francez) Sinn und Bedeutung 18 , Vitoria-Gasteiz, the Basque Country. September 11-13.