Carlota S. Smith

Centennial Professor of Linguistics
The University of Texas at Austin

Research Interests

Research Grant

Linguistic research on text interpretation. The New York Community Trust. 1997-2007.

Selected Recent Publications


Modes of Discourse. Spring 2003, Cambridge University Press.

The Parameter of Aspect, 1991. 2nd edition 1997. Kluwer Academic Press

Articles and Book Chapters

"Time without tense." In J. Guéron and J. Lecarme (eds). Time and Modality. Dordrecht: Springer (in press).

"The pragmatics and semantics of temporal meaning." In P. Denis, E. McCready, A. Palmer, & B. Reese (eds), Proceedings, Texas Linguistics Forum 2004. Cascadilla Press. In press.

"Time in Navajo: Direct and Indirect Interpretation," co-authored with Ellavina Perkins & Ted Fernald. International Journal of American Linguistics. In press.

"Tense and context in French." Chronos. In press.

"Temporal inference and zero-marked clauses in Navajo," co-authored with Ellavina Perkins. Proceedings, 5th meeting, Semantics of Under-Represented Languages (SULA). In press.

"Temporal interpretation in Mandarin Chinese," co-authored with Mary Erbaugh. Linguistics, 43:4, pp 713-756. 2005.

"Aspectual entities and tense in discourse." In P. Kempchinsky and S. Roumyana (eds), The Syntax, Semantics and Acquisition of Aspect. Kluwer. 2003.

"The domain of tense." In J. Guéron and J. Lecarme (eds). The Syntax of Time. Cambridge, Mass: MIT. 2003.

"Tense and aspect." In Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science Lynn Nadel (ed). London: Nature Publishing Group. 2002. Also on line.

"Perspective and point of view." In H. Hasselgard, S. Johansson, B. Behrens, & C. Fabricius-Hansen (eds), Information Structure in a Cross-Linguistic Perspective. Amsterdam: Rodopi. pp 63-79. 2002.

"Accounting for subjectivity." In B. Nevin (ed), The Legacy of Zellig Harris. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 2002.

"Discourse modes: Aspectual and tense interpretation." In Cahiers de Grammaire 26: Sémantique et Discours, J. Busquets, F. Lambert, A. Le Draoulec (eds). ERSS et Université de Toulouse-le Mirail, Toulouse, 2001.

"Temporal information in sentences of Mandarin." In Xu Liejiong and Shao Jingmin (eds). New Views in Chinese Syntactic Research - International Symposium on Chinese Grammar for the New Millenium. Hangzhou: Zhejiang Jiaoyu Chuban she. 2001.

"The Navajo Prolongative and Lexical Structure." 2000 MIT Working Papers in Linguistics. Volume dedicated to Ken Hale.

"The semantics of the Navajo verb base." 2000. In T. Fernald & P. Platero (eds). The Athabaskan Languages: Perspectives on a Native American Language Family. Oxford.

"Activities: Events or States?" Linguistics and Philosophy 22, 479-508. 1999.

"Closed Systems in Texts." Proceedings of the Workshop on Text Structure, University of Texas, Austin, Texas. 1999.

Review Article, "Traveaux du Cercle Lenguistique de Prague, Nouvelle Serie." Hajicova, E., Leska, O., Sgall, P.; Studies in Language 21:3, 675-686. 1997.

Aspectual categories in Navajo. International Journal of American Linguistics, 62, 227-263. 1996.

Workshop Publications

The Fourth Workshop on Discourse Structure, held at the University of Texas at Austin, March 3-5, 2006

The Third Workshop on Text Structure, held at the University of Texas at Austin, October 13-15, 2000

The Second Workshop on Text Structure, held at the University of Texas at Austin, January 1999

The First Workshop on Text Structure, held at the University of Texas at Austin, February 1998

Postal Address
Department of Linguistics
University of Texas
Austin, Texas 78712-1196, USA

Office: Calhoun 414
Telephone: 512-471-1701
Fax: 512-471-4340