- syntactic theory
- the morphology-syntax-semantics interface
- Romance and Germanic languages
- Sino-tibetan languages: Chinese, Naxi
- Austronesian languages: Malagasy, Tagalog
- Introduction in linguistics
- Syntax and morphology
- Language and cognition
Last updated: 07 September 2015
Paul Law studied at UCLA and MIT where he respectively received a BA and PhD degree in linguistics. He came to the City University of Hong Kong in 2008, after three years at the Universite du Quebec a Montreal, Canada and almost fourteen years of research at Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft and the Frei Universität in Berlin, Germany. He has worked on a wide variety of languages including less familiar languages like Haitian Creole, Serbo-Croatian, Bulgarian, Malagasy, Tagalog and the Formosan language Tsou. His current research concentrates on the syntax of relative clauses, quantification in Naxi, Tense in Mandarin Chinese and negation-final yes/no-questions in Vietnamese.
Selected Publications (in recent 6 years)
- 2008 The wh-polarity adverb daodi in Mandarin Chinese. The Linguistic Review 25: 297-345.
- 2011 Some syntactic and semantic properties of the existential construction in Malagasy. Lingua 121: 1588-1630.
- 2012 Word-order and argument-marking: Japanese vs Chinese vs Naxi. International Journal of Asian Language Processing 22(3): 107-125.
- 2013 Word-order and constituent structure in Naxi. Studies in Chinese Linguistics 34, 199-222.
- 2013 Plurality in Naxi and its typological implications. Journal of Southeast Asian Linguistics Society 6, 87-98. [Joint work with Melody Chang and Qinglian Zhao].
- 2014 The negation mou5 in Guangdong Yue dialect. Journal of East Asian Linguistics 23, 267-305.
- 2008 The Bulgarian clitic li in questions. In Gerhild Zybatow, Luka Szucsich, Uwe Junghanns and Roland Meyer (eds.), Formal Description of Slavic Languages, 353-370. Frank am Main: Peter Lang.
- 2010 The impersonal construction in Tagalog. In Raphael Mercado, Eric Potsdam & Lisa Travis (eds.), Austronesian and Theoretical Linguistics, 297-325. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.