Dr. Genoveva PUSKAS
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Genoveva Puskás holds a PhD in linguistics from the University of Geneva. She was a Visiting Fellow Researcher at the University of California in Santa Cruz during the academic year 1998-1999 and a Visiting Professor at McGill University (Montréal) in 2006-2007. She joined the English Department as chargée d'enseignement, and was Maître d'Enseignement et de Recherche before being appointed to her current position as an Associate Professor in English Linguistics. She also teaches in the Linguistics Department. Her main research domains are syntax, the syntax-semantics interface and Finno-Ugric languages. More specifically, her research activities include the syntax and semantics of negation and quantification in a comparative approach, the syntax and semantics of left peripheral phenomena in Hungarian, such as Topic, Focus, wh-questions and Contrastive Topic, and more recently, the syntax of subjunctive clauses. Between 2001 and 2005, she was Principal Investigator of a Swiss National Foundation (SNF) project on the interaction between quantification and negation in various languages, including English, French, Bellinzonese, and Hungarian. As of October 2009, she is PI of a SNF funded project on a cross-linguistic approach to the syntactic properties of subjunctive.

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Books and Monographs / Livres et monographies

2013. Initiation au Programme Minimalisme: éléments de syntaxe comparative. Berne: Peter Lang.

2000a. Word Order in Hungarian: the Syntax of A’-positions. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

2007a. (ed. with L de Saussure and J. Moeschler). Recent Advances in the Syntax and Semantics of Tense, Aspect and Modality [Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs [TiLSM] 185]. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter.

2007b (ed. with L. de Saussure and J. Moeschler). Information temporelle, procédures et ordre discursif [Cahiers Chronos 18]. Amsterdam/New York, NY: Rodopi.

2006a (ed). Negation in Finno-Ugric Languages. Lingua Special Issue, 116/3

2000a. Word Order in Hungarian: the Syntax of A’-positions. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Sélection d'articles

2012. "Licensing Double Negation in NC and non-NC languages". Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, 30(2).

2009. "De l'interaction entre structure informationnelle et syntaxe: quelques réflexions sur la double négation en français". In Mélanges Plurilingues offerts à Suzanne Schlyter à l'occasion de son 65ème anniversaire, P. Bernardini, V. Egerland & J. Granfeldt (eds). Lund: Lunds universitet Sprach- och litteraturcentrum Romanska.

2008 (with L. Baunaz)."Feature stripping and wh-movement in French and Hungarian". In Selected Proceedings of the 34th Incontro di Grammatica Generativa, Paola Benincà, Federico Damonte & Nicoletta Penello (eds). Special Issue of the Rivista di Grammatica Generativa, vol. 33. Padova: Unipress.

2006b. "Double Negation and Information Structure: somewhere between Topic and Focus". In The Architecture of Focus, V. Molnár & S. Winkler (eds). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter

2006c. “Negation in Finno-Ugric: an introduction". In Negation in Finno-Ugric Languages, G. Puskás (ed.). Lingua 116/3: 203-227.

2002. “On negative licensing contexts and the role of n-words”. In Approaches to Hungarian, I. Kenesei, K. E-Kiss and P. Siptár (eds), vol. 8: 81-106. Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó.

2000b. “Quantification in the left periphery: a syntactic argument for ‘split’ domains”. In The Proceedings from the Main Session of the Chicago Linguistics Society’s Thirty-sixth Meeting, Arika Okrent & John Boyle (eds), 36-1: 355-368. Chicago: Chicago Linguistic Society.

1999. “Negation and n-words in Hungarian”. In Proceedings of the Twenty-eighth Western Conference on Linguistics, Nancy M. Antrim, Grant Goodall, Martha Shulte-Nafeh and Vida Samiian (eds), 11 (Wecol 99): 443-456. Fresno: California State University.

1998a. “On the Neg-criterion in Hungarian”, Acta Linguistica Hungarica, 45,1-2: 167-213.

1998b. “A split-CP approach: evidence from Hungarian”. In Papers from the Amsterdam Conference. Approaches to Hungarian, I. Kenesei (ed.), Vol. 6: 183-208. Szeged:JATE.

1997. “Focus and the CP domain”. In The New Comparative Syntax, L. Haegeman (ed). 145-164. London: Longman.