My work focuses on syntax and semantics, with a particular interest in unbounded dependency constructions,
coordination, ellipsis, and linearization. In my research I employ corpora, computational models, and
controlled psycholinguistic experimentation. One of my goals is to understand how idiosyncratic linguistic
phenomena can be shaped by the interplay of linguistic and cognitive factors.
I have specialized in surface-driven construction-based grammatical frameworks such
as HPSG/SBCG, and implemented medium-sized computational models for research purposes.
See the publications page for a more complete listing.
- Chaves, Rui P. and Michael T. Putnam. (to appear) Unbounded Dependency Constructions: theoretical and experimental perspectives, Oxford University Press.
- Richter, Stephanie and Rui P. Chaves (2020) "Investigating the Role of Verb Frequency in Factive and Manner-of-speaking Islands", in
Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Virtual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Toronto. pp.7.
- Chaves, Rui P. (2020) "What Don't RNN Language Models Learn About Filler-Gap Dependencies?", 3rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Computation in Linguistics (SCiL), pp.13
- Da Costa, Jillian K. and Rui P. Chaves (2020) "Assessing the ability of Transformer-based Neural Models to represent structurally unbounded dependencies", 3rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Computation in Linguistics (SCiL), pp.10
- Sag, Ivan A., Rui P. Chaves, Anne Abeillé, Bruno Estigarribia, Dan Flickinger, Paul Kay,
Laura Michaelis, Stefan Müller, Geoffrey K. Pullum, Frank Van Eynde, Thomas W
asow (2020), "Lessons from the English auxiliary system"
Journal of Linguistics, 56(1): 87–155.
- Chaves, R. P. and A. King (2019) "A usage-based account of subextraction effects", Journal of Cognitive Linguistics, 30(4) 719–750
- Chaves, Rui P. (2019) "Construction Grammar" In Current approaches to syntax - a comparative handbook, (eds.) András Kertész,
Edith Moravcsik, and Csilla Rákosi, Comparative Handbooks of Linguistics series at de Gruyter Mouton, 49–96.
- Chaves, R. P. and J. E. Dery (2019) "Frequency Effects in Subject Islands" Journal of Linguistics, 55(3), 475–521.
- Chaves, R. P. (2018) "Freezing as a
probabilistic phenomenon" In Jutta Hartmann, Marion
Knecht, Andreas Konietzko and Susanne Winkler (eds.) Freezing - Theoretical
Approaches and Empirical Domains, Studies in Generative Grammar series. 403–429.
Berlin/New York: de Gruyter.
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