Sylvia L.R. Schreiner

Sylvia L.R. Schreiner

Sylvia L.R. Schreiner

Assistant Professor

Syntax, morphology, semantics, language documentation and revitalization; Scottish Gaelic, St. Lawrence Island / Siberian Yupik; aspect, tense, mood, modality; Distributed Morphology; roots and categories; nominals and nominal functional structure.

Sylvia Schreiner is a linguist specializing in syntax, morphology, semantics, and language documentation. Much of her work to date has focused on the morphosyntax and semantics of tense, aspect, mood, and modality. She has worked on documenting Scottish Gaelic since 2007, and is now co-leading an NSF DEL-funded project documenting St. Lawrence Island Yupik.

Selected Publications

Schreiner, Sylvia L.R., Lane Schwartz, Benjamin Hunt, and Emily Chen. 2020. Multidirectional leveraging for computational morphology and language documentation and revitalization. Language Documentation & Conservation 14, 69-86.

Schwartz, Lane, Sylvia L.R. Schreiner, and Emily Chen. 2020. Community-focused language documentation in support of language education and revitalization for St. Lawrence Island Yupik. Études Inuit Studies 43(1/2).

Schreiner, Sylvia L.R., and Megan Schildmier Stone. (2016). A future modal in Cherokee: a special case of distributed exponence. Morphology 26, 33-63. Online: DOI 10.1007/s11525-015-9270-3.

Schreiner, Sylvia L.R., and Andrew Carnie. (2016). The syntax and semantics of Scottish Gaelic a’ dol aL. Journal of Celtic Linguistics 17, 1-30.

Schreiner, Sylvia L.R. (2015). The creation and interpretation of nominal predicates: Bi+ann in Scottish Gaelic. Lingua 154, 110-139.

Expanded Publication List

Schwartz, Lane, Emily Chen, Benjamin Hunt, and Sylvia L.R. Schreiner. (2019). Bootstrapping a Neural Morphological Analyzer for St. Lawrence Island Yupik from a Finite-State Transducer. In Proceedings of the 3rd Workshop on Computational Methods for Endangered Languages: Vol. 1, Article 12, 85-96.

Schreiner, Sylvia L.R., and Megan Schildmier Stone. (2016). A future modal in Cherokee: a special case of distributed exponence. Morphology 26, 33-63. Online: DOI 10.1007/s11525-015-9270-3.

Manuscript version available for download here.

Schreiner, Sylvia L.R., and Andrew Carnie. (2016). The syntax and semantics of Scottish Gaelic a’ dol aL. Journal of Celtic Linguistics 17, 1-30.

Schreiner, Sylvia L.R. (2015). The creation and interpretation of nominal predicates: Bi+ann in Scottish Gaelic. Lingua 154, 110-139.

Schreiner, Sylvia L.R. (2014a). The syntax-semantics/pragmatics interface. In A. Carnie, Y. Sato, and D. Siddiqi, eds., Routledge Handbook of Syntax. London: Routledge. (Link to book site)

Reed, Sylvia. (2014). A Distributed Morphology analysis of tense and aspect in Greek. In Annamaria Bartolotta, ed. The Greek Verb. Morphology, Syntax, and Semantics. Proceedings of the 8th International Meeting on Greek Linguistics, Agrigento, October 1-3, 2009, 277-290. Walpole, MA: Peeters, Louvain-la-Neuve. (Link to book site)

Reed, Sylvia L. (2011a). The semantics of Scottish Gaelic tense and aspect. In Andrew Carnie, ed. Formal Approaches to Celtic Linguistics, 255-282. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. (Link to book)

Reed, Sylvia L. (2013). On the meaning(s) of after in varieties of Scottish English. In Dan Brenner, ed., Coyote Papers 21: Proceedings of the Arizona Linguistics Circle 6. Tucson, AZ.

Reed, Sylvia L. (2012d). The Semantics of Grammatical Aspect: Evidence from Scottish Gaelic. University of Arizona, Tucson dissertation.

Reed, Sylvia L. (2012c). Evaluating prospectivity in a Neo-Reichenbachian aspectual system. In Dan Brenner, ed., Coyote Papers 19: Proceedings of the Arizona Linguistics Circle 5. Tucson, AZ.

Reed, Sylvia L. (2012b). Review of Semantics: An International Handbook of Natural Language Meaning, Volume 1, ed. by C. Maienborn, K. von Heusinger & P. Portner. In M. Macaulay, ed. Linguist List 23.2292.

Reed, Sylvia L. (2012a). Multiple perfects in Scottish Gaelic. In Jaehoon Choi, E. Alan Hogue, Jeffrey Punske, Deniz Tat, Jessamyn Schertz, and Alex Trueman, eds. Proceedings of the 29th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics, 389-397. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.

Reed, Sylvia L. (2011b). Review of Introducing Semantics by Nick Reimer. In Monica Macaulay, ed. Linguist List 22.341

Reed, Sylvia L. (2008). A position class analysis of the Greek verbal paradigm. Proceedings of the thirty-eighth Western Conference On Linguistics. Michael Grosvald and Dionne Soares, eds. Davis, CA.

Grants and Fellowships

2018- NSF Documenting Endangered Languages Grant (Principal Investigator) #BCS 1760977: Navigating the New Arctic: Collaborative Research: Integrating Language Documentation and Computational Tools for Yupik, an Alaska Native Language.

2020 George Mason University College of Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty Research and Development Award: Building and Assessing Resources for Language Documentation and Revitalization

2018 The Mathy Junior Faculty Award in the Arts and Humanities. 

Courses Taught

LING 306: General Linguistics
LING 485: Semantics and Pragmatics
LING 486: Syntax I
LING 520: Introduction to Linguistics
LING 686: Morphology
LING 785: Semantics and Pragmatics
LING 786: Syntax I
LING 787: Syntax II
LING 788: Semantics and Pragmatics II
LING 886: Advanced Syntax Seminar
LING 898: Advanced Qualifying Seminar

Education

BA in Classical Studies: Carleton College

MA and PhD in Linguistics: University of Arizona