Gillian Ramchand

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Gillian Ramchand
Academic background
Alma materStanford University
Academic work
InstitutionsUniversity of Tromsø
Main interestsSyntax, Semantics, Argument structure

Gillian Ramchand is a linguist and Professor of Linguistics at the University of Tromsø, Norway.[1]


Ramchand grew up in Jamaica and Trinidad and received her PhD in linguistics from Stanford University in 1994, with a dissertation entitled, "Aspect and Argument Structure in Modern Scottish Gaelic."[2] She subsequently spent 10 years working at the University of Oxford as a lecturer in general linguistics before moving to Tromsø in 2004, where she became full professor two years later in 2006.[3][4]

Her widely cited research focuses on the syntax-semantics interface, especially argument structure.[1] She has worked on a variety of languages, including Scottish Gaelic, Bengali, and English.[5]

Honors and distinctions[edit]

Since 2017 Ramchand has been President of Generative Linguistics in the Old World (GLOW).[6][5]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Ramchand, Gillian. 1997. Aspect and predication: The semantics of argument structure. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198236511
  • Adger, David, and Ramchand, Gillian. 2005. Merge and Move: Wh-dependencies revisited. Linguistic Inquiry 36(2), 161–193.
  • Ramchand, Gillian, and Reiss, Charles. 2007. The Oxford handbook of linguistic interfaces. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199247455
  • Ramchand, Gillian. 2008. Verb meaning and the lexicon: A first phase syntax. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521842402
  • Ramchand, Gillian, and Svenonius, Peter. 2014. Deriving the functional hierarchy. Language Sciences 46, 152–174.
  • Ramchand, Gillian. 2018. Situations and syntactic structures: Rethinking auxiliaries and order in English. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. ISBN 9780262535038


  1. ^ "Ramchand, Gillian". Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  2. ^ "Ph.D. Alumni | Linguistics". Retrieved 2022-03-14.
  3. ^ "CV" (PDF). Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  4. ^ a b "About - Gillian Ramchand". Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  5. ^ "GLOW Board". Retrieved 11 June 2020.