Professor in Theoretical Linguistics (Newcastle University)
I have a PhD from Stockholm University 1987. I have worked in Sweden, Norway, Morocco, and the UK. Since 2004 I am Professor of Theoretical Linguistics at Newcastle University, and currently also part-time Director of Research at the University of Cambridge on the ReCoS project. My research interests are mainly in comparative syntax and syntactic theory. I have worked extensively on the Scandinavian languages, Finnish, and a variety of other languages. Themes I have worked on include verb second, object shift, NP-syntax, stylistic fronting, impersonal constructions, ditransitives, sentential word order and topic-focus articulation in Finnish, null subjects, the relation of structure and linear order, and the syntax of yes-no questions and answers in a comparative perspective. Since 2002 I have collaborated closely with Ian Roberts and colleagues in Cambridge, which has resulted in a number of joint works, including a book with T. Biberauer, I. Roberts and M. Sheehan: Parametric syntax: Null subjects in minimalist theory (CUP 2010). Another book by the same team is soon to appear: The Final-over-Final Constraint (MIT Press). Another, single-authored book has recently come out, the first in the series Reconsidering Comparative Syntax of OUP: The syntax of yes and no.
Holmberg, Anders and On-Usa Phimsawat: ‘Truly minimal pronouns.’ to appear in Diadorim. Online on Lingbuzz http://ling.auf.net/lingbuzz
Holmberg, Anders and On-Usa Phimsawat: ‘Minimal pronouns.’ To appear in Proceedings of Olinco 2016.
Holmberg, Anders: Null subjects in Finnish and the typology of pro-drop. To appear in Anne Tamm and Anne Vainikka (eds.) Uralic syntax. Oxford University Press.
Holmberg, Anders. 2016. Norse against Old English: 20-0. Language Dynamics and Change 6: 21-23.
Holmberg, Anders. 2016. Review of Diagnosing syntax, ed. by Lisa Lai-Shen Cheng and Norbert Corver. Language 92
Holmberg, Anders. 2015. The syntax of yes and no. Oxford University Press.
Holmberg, Anders and On-Usa Phimsawat. 2015. Generic pronouns and phi-features. Proceedings from the Second Asian and European Linguistic conference. Newcastle Working Papers in Linguistics 21,2. http://www.ncl.ac.uk/linguistics/research/workingpapers/Volume21.2.htm
Haddican, Bill and Anders Holmberg. 2014. Four kinds of object asymmetry. In Ludmila Veselovská and Markéta Janebová (eds.) Complex visibles out there. Proceedings of the Olomouc Linguistics Colloquium 2014: Language use and linguistic structure. Olomouc: Palacký University. http://olinco.upol.cz/assets/olinco-2014-proceedings.pdf
Biberauer, Theresa, Anders Holmberg and Ian Roberts. 2014. A syntactic universal and its consequences. Linguistic Inquiry 45, 169-225.
Holmberg, Anders and Ian Roberts. 2014. Parameters and three factors of language design. In Carme Picallo (ed.) Linguistic variation in the minimalist framework. 61-81. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Biberauer, Theresa, Anders Holmberg, Ian Roberts, and Michelle Sheehan: Complexity in comparative syntax: the view from modern parametric theory. In F. Newmeyer and L, Preston (eds.) Measuring grammatical complexity, 103-127, Oxford University Press.
Holmberg, Anders and Meng-Jung Wu: How to say no in English and Chinese. Online on Lingbuzz http://ling.auf.net/lingbuzz
Holmberg, Anders, Michelle Sheehan, and Jenneke van der Wal: Movement from the double object construction is not fully symmetrical. Online on Lingbuzz http://ling.auf.net/lingbuzz
Haddican Bill and Anders Holmberg: Object symmetry effects in Germanic. Evidence for the role of case.