She specializes in the syntax of Niuean, an Austronesian language spoken in Niue. Massam developed an analysis of a type of compounding called noun incorporation which has opened a window to analyze similar phenomena in other languages. Her analysis also proposed a novel way of understanding the relationship between a subject and its predicate.
2001. "Pseudo Noun Incorporation in Niuean", Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 19(1):153-197.
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