Miriam Butt

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Miriam Butt
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Miriam Butt, University of Konstanz
Occupation Professor of Linguistics

Miriam Butt is Professor of Linguistics and Chair of the Department of Linguistics (Fachbereich Sprachwissenschaft) at the University of Konstanz. She is best known for her theoretical linguistic work on complex predicates and on grammatical case,[1] and for her computational linguistic work in large-scale grammar development within the ParGram project.[2]

Butt earned her doctorate in linguistics in 1993 at Stanford University.[3] She subsequently held research and teaching positions at the Institut für Maschinelle Sprachverarbeitung at the University of Stuttgart, University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology and the University of Tübingen before taking up her current position at the University of Konstanz. She is the author or editor of 11 books, including The Structure of Complex Predicates in Urdu[4] and the Theories of Case[5] volume in the Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics series. Her Pargram work in large-scale grammar development focuses on grammars for English, German, and Urdu.

Butt is also one of the authors of 6000 Kilometer Sehnsucht,[6] which describes her childhood in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.[7]


  1. ^ "Miriam Butt - Google Scholar Citations". scholar.google.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-06-17. 
  2. ^ Butt, Miriam, Tracy Holloway King, Maria-Eugenia Niño & Frederique Segond. 1999. A Grammar Writer’s Cookbook. Stanford, CA: CSLI Publications.
  3. ^ "Ph.D. Alumni | Department of Linguistics". linguistics.stanford.edu. Retrieved 2018-06-17. 
  4. ^ Butt, Miriam. 1995. The Structure of Complex Predicates in Urdu. Stanford, CA: CSLI Publications.
  5. ^ Butt, Miriam. 2006. Theories of Case. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  6. ^ Achilles, Ilse, Anya Butt, Miriam Butt. 1994. Sechstausend Kilometer Sehnsucht. Heyne.
  7. ^ "Featured Linguist: Miriam Butt – The LINGUIST List". blog.linguistlist.org. Retrieved 2018-06-17. 

Selected Additional Publications[edit]

  • Butt, Miriam & Aditi Lahiri. 2013. Diachronic pertinacity of light verbs. Lingua. [1]
  • Butt, Miriam & Tafseer Ahmed. 2011. The redevelopment of Indo-Aryan case systems from a lexical semantic perspective. Morphology 21(3): 545-572.

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