Joan Maling

photo of Joan Maling Professor of Linguistics
Brandeis University, MS 013
Waltham, MA 02454-9110
maling (at)

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I am currently on leave from Brandeis to serve as Director of NSF's Linguistics Program.

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Wiese, Heike, and Joan Maling. 2005. 'Beers, kaffi and schnaps: different grammatical options for restaurant talk coercions in three Germanic languages', Journal of Germanic Linguistics 17: 1-38. [ pdf ]

Maling, Joan. 2002. 'Það rignir þágufalli á Íslandi (Verbs with dative objects in Icelandic)', Íslenskt mál 24: 31-105. [ regular pdf | 2up pdf ]

Maling, Joan, and Sigríður Sigurjónsdóttir. 2002. 'The "new impersonal" construction in Icelandic', Journal of Comparative Germanic Linguistics 5: 97-142. [ regular pdf | 2up pdf ]

Maling, Joan. 2001. 'Dative: the heterogeneity of the mapping among morphological case, grammatical functions, and thematic roles', Lingua 111: 419-464. [ regular pdf | 2up pdf ]

Maling, Joan, Jongsup Jun & Soowon Kim. 2001. 'Case-marking on durative adverbials revisited', in H.-D. Ahn & N. Kim (eds.), Selected papers from the 12th international conference on Korean linguistics, Seoul: Kjungjin Publishing, pp. 323-335. [ pdf ]

Sigurjónsdóttir, Sigríður and Joan Maling. 2001. 'Það var hrint mér á leiðinni í skólann: þolmynd eða ekki þolmynd?', Íslenskt mál 23: 123-180. [ pdf ]

Maling, Joan. 2000a. 'An argument for subject gaps', in Y. Grodzinsky, L. Shapiro and D. Swinney (eds.), Language and the brain: representation and processing, San Diego: Academic Press, pp. 351-355. [ pdf ]

Maling, Joan. 2000b. 'Whether to agree or not: the syntax of inalienable possession', in A. Kamio et al. (eds.), Syntactic and functional explanations: a festscrift for Susumu Kuno, Tokyo: Kuroshio Shuppann, pp. 345-370. [ pdf ]

Kim, Soowon, and Joan Maling. 1997. 'A crosslinguistic perspective on resultative formation', in R. Blight and M. Moosally (eds.), The syntax and semantics of predication, Texas Linguistic Forum 38, 189-204. [ pdf ]

Vainikka, Anne, and Joan Maling. 1996. 'Is partitive case inherent or structural?', in J. Hoeksema (ed.), Partitives: Studies in the syntax and semantics of partitive and related constructions, Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, pp. 179-208. [ pdf ]

Maling, Joan, and Rex A. Sprouse. 1995. 'Structural case, specifier-head relations, and the case of predicate NPs', in H. Haider, S. Olsen, and S. Vikner (eds.), Studies in Comparative Germanic Syntax, Dordrecht: Kluwer, pp. 167-186. [ pdf ]

Kim, Soowon, and Joan Maling. 1993. 'Syntactic case and frequency adverbials in Korean', in S. Kuno et al (eds.), Harvard studies in Korean linguistics V: proceedings of the 1993 Harvard International Symposium on Korean Linguistics, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University, pp. 368-378. [ pdf ]

Maling, Joan. 1993. 'Of nominative and accusative: the hierarchical assignment of grammatical case in Finnish', in A. Holmberg and U. Nikanne (eds.), Case and other functional categories in Finnish syntax, Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, pp. 49-74. [ pdf ]

Maling, Joan, and Soowon Kim. 1992. 'Case assignment in the inalienable possession construction in Korean', Journal of East Asian Linguistics 1: 37-68. [ pdf ]

Maling, Joan. 1991. 'Whether to agree or not: the case of the part-NP', Harvard Studies in Korean Linguistics IV, pp. 339-352. [ pdf ]

Maling, Joan. 1990. 'Inversion in embedded clauses in Modern Icelandic', in J. Maling and A. Zaenen (eds.), Modern Icelandic Syntax, Syntax and Semantics 24, New York: Academic Press, pp. 71-91. [ regular pdf | 2up pdf ]

Maling, Joan. 1988. 'Variations on a theme: existentials in Swedish and Icelandic', McGill Working Papers in Linguistics: Special Issue on Comparative Germanic Syntax, pp. 168-191. [ pdf ]

Maling, Joan. 1987. 'Adverbials and structural case in Korean', in S. Kuno et al (eds.), Harvard studies in Korean linguistics III: proceedings of the 1987 Harvard Workshop on Korean linguistics, pp 299-308. [pdf]

Maling, Joan. 1986. 'Clause-bound reflexives in Modern Icelandic', in L. Hellan and K. Koch-Christensen (eds.), Topics in Scandinavian Syntax, Reidel, pp. 53-63. [ pdf ]

Maling, Joan. 1983. 'Transitive adjectives: a case of categorial reanalysis', in F. Heny and B. Richards (eds.), Linguistic categories: auxiliaries and related puzzles, vol 1, Dordrecht: Reidel, pp. 253-289. [ pdf ]

Maling, Joan, and Annie Zaenen. 1982. 'A phrase-structure account of Scandinavian extraction phenomena', in P. Jacobson & G. Pullum (eds.), The nature of syntactic representation, Dordrecht: Reidel, pp. 229-282. [ pdf ]

Zaenen, Annie, and Joan Maling. 1982. 'The status of resumptive pronouns in Swedish', in E. Ejerhed & E. Engdahl (eds.), Readings on unbounded dependencies in Scandinavian languages, Umea Studies in the Humanities, Almqvist and Wiksell, pp 223-230. [ pdf ]

Maling, Joan, and Annie Zaenen. 1981. 'Germanic word order and the format of surface filters', in F. Heny (ed.), Binding and filtering, London: Croom Helm, pp 255-278. [ pdf ]

Maling, Joan. 1978. 'The complementizer in Middle English appositives', Linguistic Inquiry 9: 719-725. [ pdf ]

Maling, Joan. 1977. 'A nonrecoverable deletion', Book of Squibs, Chicago Linguistic Society, pp. 66-67. [ pdf ]

Maling, Joan. 1972. 'On gapping and the order of constituents', Linguistic Inquiry 3: 101-108 [ pdf ]

Maling, Joan. 1971. 'Sentence stress in Old English', Linguistic Inquiry 2: 379-399. [ pdf ]

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