Elly van Gelderen is a syntactician interested in language change. Her work shows how regular syntactic change (grammaticalization and the linguistic cycle) provides insight in the Faculty of Language. Her 2011 book, The Linguistic Cycle: Language Change and the Language Faculty (Oxford University Press) shows how cyclical change can be accounted for through an economy principle. Her Clause Structure (Cambridge University Press, 2013) examines a number of current debates in theoretical syntax. The history of argument structure, e.g. how unaccusatives and unergatives change in very different directions, is explored in The Diachrony of Meaning (Routledge 2018). Related interests are the evolution of language, biolinguistics, prescriptivism, authorship debates, and code switching. Her most recent book projects are Third Factors in Language Variation and Change (CUP, 2022) and The Linguistic Cycle: Economy and Renewal in Historical Linguistics (Routledge to appear in 2024).
Elly is the author of twelve books and over a hundred articles/chapters in journals such as Linguistic Analysis, Linguistics, Studia Linguistica, Word, and Linguistic Inquiry. She is also the editor of two book series and has herself edited or co-edited eleven books/special issues. Elly has been affiliated with ASU since 1995 (emerita in May 2023).
Keynote abstract: Generative Grammar and Historical Linguistics