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Robert W. Fiengo
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center
Phone: 212-817-8500
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Research Interests: Philosophy of Language, Pragmatics, Semantics, Syntax.

Education

B.A., Yale University, 1970
Ph.D., MIT, 1974
Thesis title: Semantic Conditions on Surface Structure
Thesis advisor: Noam Chomsky

Professional Experience 

  • MIT Teaching Assistant 1972

  • Queens College, Department of Linguistics and Communication Disorders and the
    Program in Linguistics of the Graduate Center, CUNY
    • Assistant Professor 1974-1977
    • Associate Professor 1977-1990
    • Visiting Prof. UC Irvine, 1988
    • Professor 1990-present

  • Deputy Executive Officer, Program in Linguistics, CUNY Graduate Center 2003- present

Selected publications

Fiengo, R. and H. Lasnik. 1972. "On Nonrecoverable Deletion in Syntax." Linguistic Inquiry 3.4. 528.

Fiengo, R. and H. Lasnik. 1973. "The Logical Structure of Reciprocal Sentences in English." Foundations of Language 9.4., 447-468. Reprinted in Essays on Anaphora, H. Lasnik, ed., D. Reidel Publishing Company, 1988.

Lasnik, H. and Fiengo, R. 1974. "Complement Object Deletion." Linguistic Inquiry 5., 559-582. Reprinted, Eichosha, Tokyo, 1976. Reprinted in Essays on Anaphora, H. Lasnik, ed., D. Reidel Publishing Company, 1988.

Fiengo, R. and H. Lasnik. 1976. "Some Issues in the Theory of Transformations." Linguistic Inquiry 7., 182-191. Reprinted in Essays on Restrictiveness and Learnability, H. Lasnik, ed., D. Reidel Publishing Company, 1988.

Fiengo, R. 1977. "On Trace Theory." Linguistic Inquiry 8., 35-61.

Fiengo, R. and Gitterman, M. 1978. "Remarks on French Clitic Order." Linguistic Analysis 4., 115-147.

Fiengo, R. 1980. Surface Structure: The Interface of Autonomous Components. Harvard University Press. 213pp

Fiengo, R. and J. Higginbotham. 1981. "Opacity in NP." Linguistic Analysis 7: 347-373.

Fiengo, R. and H. Kim. 1981. "Binding and Control in Korean." Journal of Linguistic Research 1.4. Reprinted in: Journal of the Korean Linguistics Society, 1981.

Fiengo, R. 1983. "On 'having Language'" In Developments in Semantics, Orenstein and Stern, eds. Haven Publications.

Hsu, J., Cairns, H., and Fiengo, R. 1985. "The development of grammars underlying children's interpretation of complex sentences." Cognition 20. 25-48.

Fiengo, R. 1986. "A note on the indexing of predicate NP's." In Proceedings of the Harvard Conference on Japanese and Korean Linguistics.

Fiengo, R. and Haruna, M. 1987. "Parameters in Binding Theory - Some suggestions based on an analysis of Japanese." In Issues in Japanese Linguistics, Imai and Saito, eds. Foris Publications.

Fiengo, R. and Bureng Nyombe, G. 1987. "Binding, Pronominals and Anaphors in Bari." In Current Approaches to African Linguistics, Volume 4., D. Odden, ed. Foris Publications.

Fiengo, R. 1987. "Definiteness, Specificity and Familiarity." Linguistic Inquiry 18.1.

Fiengo, R., Huang, J., Lasnik, H., and Reinhart, T. 1988. "The Syntax of Wh-in-situ." In WCCFL Proceedings, l988.

Fiengo, R., and Picallo, M. Carme. 1989. "On the Visibility of PRO." CUNYForum 14: 52 - 58.

Fiengo, R., and May, R., 1992. "The Eliminative Puzzles of Ellipsis." In Sprachtheoretische Grundlagen fur die Computerlinguistik, Proceedings of the Stuttgart Ellipsis Workshop, S. Berman and Arild Hestvik, eds.

Fiengo, R., and May, R., 1994. Indices and Identity. Linguistic Inquiry Monographs 24, MIT Press. 315pp.

Fiengo, R., and May, R., 1995. "Anaphora and Identity," in Blackwell Handbooks in Linguistics Series: Handbook of Contemporary Semantic Theory, Shalom Lappin, ed.

Fiengo, R., and May, R., 1995. "What Indices and Identity is really about." GLOT International, Volume 1, Issue 5.

Fiengo, R., and May, R., 1995. "Response to Edwin Williams's Review of Indices and Identity," Language, Vol. 71, No.4.

Fiengo, R., and May, R. 1996. "Interpreted logical forms: a critique." Rivista di Linquistica, 8.2.

Fiengo, R., and May, R. 1997. "The Semantic Significance of Syntactic Identity" In Atomism and Binding, Bennis, Pica, and Rooryck, eds. Dordrecht: Foris. A French translation, "L'importance sŽmantique de l'identitŽ syntaxique" has appeared.

Fiengo, R., and May, R. 1998. "Names and Expressions." The Journal of Philosophy, Volume XCV, No. 8, August.

Fiengo, R. 1999. "The Common Theory of Referring and Meaning." Unpublished, intended as a chapter in a book to come.

Fiengo, R., and May, R. 2000. "Identity Statements." In G. Preyer, ed. Logical Form Language and Ontology: On Contemporary Developments in the Philosophy of Language and Linguistics, special issue of Protosociology. Westdeutscher Verlag, Germany.

Fiengo, R. 1998, 2000. "On How to Ask Multiple Questions - some simple ways." Unpublished, preparatory to Asking Questions, 33.

Fiengo, R., and McClure, W. 2002. "On How to Use -wa." Journal of East Asian Linguistics. Volume 11, No. 4. Also reprinted in Japanese Linguistics; Critical Concepts, Volume II: Syntax and Semantics, 2005, Routledge.

Fiengo, R. 2003. 'Linguistic Intuitions.' Philosophical Forum. Fall 2003, Vol. 34, Issue 3/4, p253-266

Fiengo, R. 2003. "Talking, topics, types, and tokens." In Japanese/Korean Linguistics. W. McClure, ed. Volume 12.

Fiengo, R., and May, R. 2006. De Lingua Belief, Bradford Books, MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass.

Fiengo, R. 2006? Incomplete Propositions, A book, in preparation.

Fiengo, R. 2006? Review of Seuren's Chomsky's Minimalism.

Fiengo, R. 2007. Asking Questions. Oxford University Press