My primary interest is the representation of language in the multilingual mind. In particular, I am interested in how discourse/information structure combines with word order, and what makes some word orders more acceptable than others. Although my primary languages of interest are Western Romance (Galician, Catalan, Spanish, Caribbean Spanish, European and Brazilian Portuguese) and English, I have interests in other languages as well, and have worked with Mandarin, Korean, Finnish, and Marathi. A related issue I am working on (with the technical assistance of Margaret Renwick, Meghan Armstrong (University of Massachusetts, Amherst) and María del Mar Vanrell (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid/Freie Universität Berlin)) is the intonation of contrast/correction, the similarities and differences between syntactically-marked and prosidically-marked contrast, and the implications of such differences for syntactic theory.
Timothy Gupton's Research