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Department of English Language and Literature


Emily Manetta

Title: Professor and Director of Linguistics Program
Department: English Language and Literature; Linguistics Program
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-577-8312
Office: HOB 616

English Language and Literature

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Emily Manetta


PhD in Linguistics, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2006
BA in Linguistics, Islamic Studies, Swarthmore College, 2000


   • Theoretical syntax
   • Indic languages (Hindi-Urdu, Kashmiri, and Romani)
   • Wh-questions and displacement to the clausal peripheries, ellipsis phenomena, and verb-second word orders
   • Romani language use and endangerment in the Mediterranean
   • Analysis of health care conversations in collaboration with the Vermont Conversation Lab


   • 2020. Rarely-used structures and lesser-studied languages: Insights from the margins. Series: Routledge Studies in Linguistics. Routledge.  [publisher's site]
   • 2011. Peripheries in Kashmiri and Hindi-Urdu: The Syntax of Discourse-Driven Movement. John Benjamins. [publisher's site

   • 2023. “It was just so hard”: ineffability just as a mixed expressive. With Ian Bhatia. Glossa: a journal of general linguistics 9(1). pp. 1–26. DOI:
   • 2021. Verb-second and the verb-stranding verb-phrase ellipsis debate”. Glossa: a journal of general linguistics. 6(1): 135, pp. 1–35. DOI:
   • 2021. “Cognitive Grammar” in Stanlaw, James (ed.) International Encyclopedia of Linguistic Anthropology. John Wiley and Sons. DOI:  10.1002/9781118786093.
   • 2020.  Expanding the Typology of V2 VPE: The Case of Kashmiri. In Wolfe, Sam and Rebecca Woods (eds) Rethinking Verb Second. Oxford University Press: 723-744.
   • 2019.  Verb Phrase Ellipsis and complex predicates in Hindi-Urdu. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory. 37: 3, 915-953. 
   • 2018.  The structure of complex predicates in Hindi-Urdu: evidence from verb-phrase ellipsis. In Sharma, Ghanshyam and Rajesh Bhatt (eds) Trends in Hindi Linguistics. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter: 47-84. 
   • 2018.  We say 'How high?': Adverbs, negation, and verb movement in a verb-final language. In Merchant, Jason, Line Mikkelsen, Deniz Rudin & Kelsey Sasaki (eds.) A reasonable way to proceed: Essays in honor of Jim McCloskey. Linguistics Research Center, Santa Cruz, CA: 211-228.
   • 2017.  Syntactic Identity in Sluicing: Sprouting in Kashmiri Causatives. In Kramer, Ruth, Jason Ostrove, and Joseph Sabbagh (eds). Asking the right questions: Essays in Honor of Sandy Chung. LRC: University of California, Santa Cruz. 
   • 2016.  "Ellipsis in wh-in-situ languages: deriving apparent sluicing in Hindi-Urdu and Uzbek". with Vera Gribanova. Linguistic Inquiry 47:4, 631-668. 
   • 2016.  Verb Position and Question Markers in a Verb-Second Language. Linguistic Analysis 40/3-4: 379-414. 
   • 2016.  Formal Syntax, Semantics and Morphology of South Asian Languages (co-edited with Ayesha Kidwai). Special Issue of Linguistic Analysis 
   • 2014.  The shape of the causative verbal domain: evidence from Kashmiri. Syntax. 17:3 235-268.
   • 2012.  Reconsidering rightward scrambling: Postverbal constituents in Hindi-Urdu. Linguistic Inquiry. 43:1, 43-74.
   • 2011.  Journey Into paradise: Tajik representations of Afghan Badakhshan. Central Asian Survey. 30:3, 363-379. 
   • 2010.  Wh-expletives in Hindi-Urdu: the vP Phase. Linguistic Inquiry. 41:1, 1-34.
   •  2009.  Feature Stacking: The Kashmiri Periphery. The Fifth Asian GLOW Conference Proceedings. Central Institute of Indian Languages, 243-267. 
   • 2007.  Unexpected Left Dislocation: an English Corpus Study. Journal of Pragmatics. 'Formal and Philosophical Aspects of Pragmatics' 39:5 

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