In my research, I rely on predictions made by theoretical work, which in turn must be informed by natural language data collected through detailed and methodologically well-grounded fieldwork. Since 2010, I have been conducting fieldwork on Wolof with native speakers in Chicago, Paris, and Senegal. Wolof is a well described language, yet it is relatively understudied by formal linguists. My fieldwork is therefore not documentary in nature, but methodologically structured to elicit particular structures. However, I believe it is crucial for the target utterances to be embedded in a natural language context, and elicited from a larger number of speakers. To that end, I am committed to developing visual materials and questionnaires designed to elicit target sentences in a natural discourse context. Below you can find samples of storyboards I developed for investigating the interaction of morphosyntactic and information-structural properties of utterances.


Contact Information

martina [dot] martinovic [at] mcgill [dot] ca
Department of Linguistics
McGill University
1085 Ave Dr Penfield, #318
Montreal, QC H3A 1A7

What's New

July 17, 2020: Plenary talk at MOTH 2020

2020. Paper with Karlos Arregi and Itamar Francez: "Three arguments for an individual concept analysis of Specificational sentences." Accepted with minor revisions in NLLT

2019. New paper: "Feature Geometry and Head-Splitting in the Wolof clausal periphery."

2019. Job: Assistant Professor, McGill University (start date: January 2020)

2019. Paper published online: "Interleaving syntax and postsyntax: Spell-out before syntactic movement." Syntax