Nicholas Fleisher

Associate Professor
 Johnston Hall 127

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PhD, Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley, 2008
MA, Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley, 2004
BA, Comparative Literature, Yale University, 2001

Research Interests

Syntax and semantics

Teaching Areas

Syntax, semantics, general linguistics

Selected Publications

Fleisher, Nicholas. “Calculating the scope of negation. Interaction of negation with quantifiers.” The Oxford Handbook of Negation. Ed. Viviane Déprez and M. Teresa Espinal. Oxford University Press, (In Progress) .
Fleisher, Nicholas. “Than clauses as embedded questions.” Proceedings of the 28th Semantics and Linguistic Theory Conference (SALT 28). Ed. Sireemas Maspong, Brynhildur Stefánsdóttir, Katherine Blake and Forrest Davis. Linguistic Society of America, (2018): 120-140.
Fleisher, Nicholas. “Rare-class adjectives in the tough construction.” Language 91.1 (2015): 73-108.
Fleisher, Nicholas. “Comparative quantifiers and negation: implications for Scope Economy.” Journal of Semantics 32.1 (2015): 132-171.
Fleisher, Nicholas. “Ellipsis licensing in differential degree complements.” NELS 45: Proceedings of the 45th Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society, vol. 1. Ed. Thuy Bui and Deniz Özyıldız. (2015): 203-216.
Fleisher, Nicholas. “The dynamics of subjectivity.” Proceedings of the 23rd Semantics and Linguistic Theory Conference (SALT 23). Ed. Todd Snider. eLanguage / Linguistic Society of America, (2013): 276-294.
Fleisher, Nicholas. “On the absence of scope reconstruction in tough-subject A-chains.” Linguistic Inquiry 44.2 (2013): 321-332.
Fleisher, Nicholas. “Attributive adjectives, infinitival relatives, and the semantics of inappropriateness.” Journal of Linguistics 47.2 (2011): 341-380.
Fleisher, Nicholas. “The origin of passive get.” English Language and Linguistics 10.2 (2006): 225-252.