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Dr Dirk Bury

Honorary Research Associate



Research Interests

Syntax, theories of phrase structure, syntax of Welsh and other verb-initial languages, language change


-PhD (2003, UCL) Phrase structure and derived heads (Available at

-MA (1998, UCL) Is what you see what you get? Matching effects and the derivation of free relatives


To appear Constituent structure sets 2 (w. H. Uchida). In M. Uribe-Etxebarria and V. Valmala, eds. Ways of Structure Building. Oxford University Press.

2010 Constituent structure sets 1 (w. H. Uchida). In C. Ebert, G. J├Ąger, and J. Michaelis, eds. The mathematics of language (FoLLI Publications on Logic Language and Information. Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence 6149). Springer, 281-296.

2010 Verb-second, particles, and flexible verb-initial orders. Lingua 120, 303-314.

2008 Review of A. Carnie, Constituent Structure (OUP, 2008) Journal of Linguistics 44, 752-757.

2008 Constituent structure sets (w. H. Uchida). UCL Working Papers in Linguistics 20, 87-111.

2007 Verb movement and VSO-VOS alternations. UCL Working Papers in Linguistics 19: 77-91.

2005 Preverbal particles in verb-initial languages. In A. Carnie, H. Harley, S. Dooley, eds. Verb-first:The syntax of verb-initial languages, John Benjamins. 135-154.

2004 Lingua-special issue: Focus and the interaction between syntax and pragmatics. Edited by D. Bury, K. Froud, R. Horsey and K. Szendroi. 227-388.

2004 Selection and head chains. In H.-J. Yoon, ed. Generative Grammar in a Broader Perspective: Proceedings of the 4th GLOW in Asia 2003, Hankook, 67-86.

2003 Selection and head chains. UCL Working Papers in Linguistics 15, 177-211.

2002 A reinterpretation of the loss of verb-second in Welsh. In D.W. Lightfoot, ed. Syntactic effects of morphological change, Oxford University Press, 215-231.

2002 Phrase structure and inversion in verb-second and verb-initial languages. In Proceedings of the 2002 LSK International Summer Conference, 211-222.

2001 German V3 and the origin of adverbs. Snippets Issue 4, 8-9.

2001 Review of R. M. Bhatt, Verb movement and the syntax of Kashmiri (Kluwer, 1999). Language 77, 536-537.

2000 Effects of self-attachment and the status of functional projections. Snippets Issue 2, 8-10.

2000 Particles, V2 and the ungrammaticality of verb-initial structures. UCL Working Papers in Linguistics 12, 367-386.