Address:
Department of Linguistics
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
105 Smith Building, CB#3155
Chapel Hill, NC 27599

Email: hsub [at] email.unc.edu

Hello! I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My research interests are in syntax and phonology, and occasionally their interfaces. Broadly, I study the sources of word-order variation, the effects of morpho-syntactic factors on phonological processes, and the mental representation of optionality and exceptionality in language. My recent work has examined the syntax of functional projections and head movement (in clauses and nominal expressions), generative approaches to optionality in phrasal movement, and interactions between scalar constraints and gradient symbolic representations in Harmonic Grammar.

More of my previous and ongoing work can be found on the Research page.

I pronounce my family name as [ɕy] with a rising tone in Taiwanese Mandarin, [ʃu] (like ‘shoe’) in English.

Upcoming presentations

  • October 21, 2022. (with Caitlin Smith). Idiosyncratic hiatus resolution: an argument for Gradient Harmonic Grammar. 2022 Annual Meeting on Phonology, UCLA.

New and forthcoming papers

  • Hsu, Brian. 2022. Gradient symbolic representations in Harmonic Grammar. Language and Linguistics Compass 16: e12473. https://doi.org/10.1111/lnc3.12473. [submitted draft]
  • Hsu, Brian and Yiwen Peng. Positions of Mandarin classifiers in and out of compounds: implications for distinctness, selection, and projection. Submitted to WCCFL 39 proceedings. [submitted draft on Lingbuzz]

Recent papers

Some less recent papers