Richard Kayne

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Richard Kayne
Richard Kayne.jpg
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma materMIT (PhD)
Columbia University (AB)
Known forAntisymmetry
Scientific career
FieldsSyntax, Generative grammar
InstitutionsNew York University
City University of New York
University of Paris VIII
Doctoral advisorJohn R. Ross

Richard Stanley Kayne is Professor of Linguistics in the Linguistics Department at New York University.

After receiving an A.B. in mathematics from Columbia College, New York City in 1964, he studied linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, receiving his Ph.D. in 1969. He then taught at the University of Paris VIII (1969–1986), MIT (1986–1988) and the City University of New York (1988–1997), becoming Professor at New York University in 1997.

He has made prominent contributions to the study of the syntax of English and the Romance languages within the framework of transformational grammar. His theory of Antisymmetry has become part of the canon of the Minimalist syntax literature.


  • Kayne, Richard S. (1994). The Antisymmetry of Syntax (Linguistic Inquiry Monograph 25). MIT Press.

External links[edit]