hunter johnson

linguistics PhD student @ UCLA

Department of Linguistics University of California, Los Angeles

hunterjohnson at ucla dot edu

cv

you may access my CV here.

research interests

my research interests are primarily in theoretical syntax and fieldwork.

syntactic theory

in terms of syntactic theory, I’m most interested in asking questions about what complex agreement dependencies in the world’s languages can tell us about the grammar of the speaker as a whole. Right now, I’m looking at two Person-Animacy Hierarchy (PAH) effects in Guarani: Differential Object Marking (DOM) and the inverse/direct agreement system. These sorts of PAH effects and agreement systems reveal a lot about the finer-grained details of how syntactic agreement works across languages. The most recent major development is a genuine person in causative structures in Guarani akin to the Weak PCC. I’m also interested in A-bar movement restrictions in embedded clauses in K’iche’ and the problem of explaining restrictions on multiclausal movement in our current theories of syntax.

fieldwork

in terms of fieldwork, I have performed extensive fieldwork on three indigenous languages of the Americas. I began fieldwork at the University of Minnesota with the Mille Lacs dialect of Ojibwe (spoken in Northern MN, WI, and Canada) where I worked on conjunct agreement and deverbal nouns. The deverbal noun research was a joint project between Chris Hammerly (UBC) which resulted in a presentation at the 53rd Algonquian Conference and a proceedings paper (links below). I continued doing fieldwork on Cantel K’iche’ (spoken in Guatemala) at UCLA looking into A-bar movement extraction constraints out of embedded clauses. Finally, in the summer of 2022 I spent six weeks doing in-situ fieldwork in Paraguay focusing mostly on agreement patterns, wh-movement, DOM, relative clauses, and more. I continue to work on Guarani to a large extent and K’iche’ to a lesser extent. I’ll be returning to Paraguay to continue fieldwork in the summer of 2023.

publications

(to appear) Johnson, Hunter. The Guarani inverse as double agree. In Proceedings of the 41st West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (WCCFL). [paper]

(to appear) Johnson, Hunter. Optional inverse agreement in Guarani ditransitives. In Proceedings of the 26th Workshop on Structure and Constituency in Languages of the Americas.[paper]

2024 Johnson, Hunter and Hammerly, Christopher. Deverbal noun formation in Mille Lacs Ojibwe. In Papers of the 53rd Algonquian Conference. [pre-publication version]

2023 Jun, Sun-Ah, Jian-Leat Siah, Marisabel Cabrera & Hunter Johnson. Realizations of the tritonal pitch accent in Paraguayan Guarani. In Proceedings of the 20th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. [pre-publication version]

2021 Johnson, Hunter. Noun Composition in Ojibwe, University of Minnesota Digital Conservancy. [paper] [link]

presentations

conference presentations

2024 Johnson, Hunter and Marisabel Cabrera. Wh-question formation strategies in Guarani SSILA 2024. NYC, NY. [handout]

2024 Johnson, Hunter. Relative clause formation in Guarani SSILA 2024. NYC, NY. [handout]

2023 Johnson, Hunter. Unaccusativites and the active/stative split in Guarani SCAMS (III) 2023. Pomona College, CA. [handout]

2023 Johnson, Hunter. The Guarani inverse as double agree WCCFL 2023. UCSC. Santa Cruz, CA. [handout]

2023 Johnson, Hunter. Feature Gluttony in the Guarani inverse WSCLA 2023. McGill University, Montreal CA. [handout]

2021 Johnson, Hunter. and Hammerly, Christopher. Deverbal noun formation in Mille Lacs Ojibwe. 53rd Algonquian Conference. Carelton College, CA. [slides][video]

poster presentations

2024 Johnson, Hunter. Unaccusativity in Guarani and the active/stative split. WSCLA 2024. University of Toronto, Toronto, CA. [poster (forthcoming)]

2023 Jun, Sun-Ah, Jian-Leat Siah, Marisabel Cabrera & Hunter Johnson. Realizations of the tritonal pitch accent in Paraguayan Guarani. 20th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. Prague, Czech Republic. [poster]

2021 Johnson, Hunter. Motivating a Nominal Licensing Account of Differential Object Marking in Guaraní. Minnesota Undergraduate Linguistics Symposium (MULS). [poster]

2021 Johnson, Hunter. A nominal licensing account of Differential Object Marking in Guaraní. University of Minnesota Linguistics Department Colloquium.