Benjamin Slade

Benjamin Slade

Associate Professor of Linguistics

University of Utah


My research focuses on formal and historical aspects of linguistics, especially formal semantics & syntax. My areal interests include South Asia (Sanskrit, Hindi, Sinhala, Nepali, Malayalam etc) and the Caribbean (Jamaican Patois, Dread Talk), as well as early Indo-European (especially Indic & Germanic).

My current research projects include investigations of the syntax & semantics of quantifier particles; the inner semantics of aspectual adverbials; a machine-learning approach to automated focus identification & labelling.

My past work includes studies of epistemic indefinites; the morphosyntax and semantics of verb-verb collocations in South Asian languages; the rise and spread of morphological & orthographic innovations in the cyberpunk subculture; morphological processes in Rastafari Dread Talk.

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Video introduction to some of my research:

  • Formal Semantics
  • Historical Linguistics
  • Formal Syntax & Morphology
  • Computational Approach to Formal Linguistics
  • PhD in Linguistics, 2011

    University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign

  • MA in Linguistics, 2008

    University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign

  • MA in Cognitive Science, 2004

    Johns Hopkins University

  • BA in English, 1999

    Johns Hopkins University

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(2021). Development of verb-verb complexes in Indo-Aryan. Verb-Verb complexes in Asian languages, OUP.

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(2020). Aspektuális határozók: Magas pozíciók és más, alulreprezentált olvasatok [= Aspectual adverbials: High positions and other under-represented readings]. Újabb eredmények a grammatikaelmélet, nyelvtörténet és uralisztika köréből, Akadémiai Kiadó, 2020.


(2020). Verb Concatenation in Asian Linguistics. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Linguistics.

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(2020). Anatomy of Hungarian aspectual particles. Approaches to Hungarian 16.

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(2019). Quantifier particle environments. Linguistic Variation 19.2: 280-351.

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