Mykel Loren Brinkerhoff

Mykel Loren Brinkerhoff
University of California, Santa Cruz | UCSC · Department of Linguistics

Master of Arts


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I am a third-year doctorate student at the UC, Santa Cruz. I am primarily interested in phonology and its interfaces to other areas in linguistics, especially the morphology and syntax interfaces. I received my M.A. in Linguistics at UNC Chapel Hill where I explored issues related to the morphology-phonology interface in Welsh. I currently work on the syntax-prosody of Object Shift and Negative Indefinites in Swedish. I am also conducting fieldwork on Santiago Laxopa Zapotec.
Additional affiliations
July 2018 - April 2019
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Fellow
July 2017 - May 2018
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant
  • I am a teaching assistant for the "Introduction to Linguistics" course and teach a recitation section under the direction of the head professor.
September 2019 - June 2025
University of California, Santa Cruz
Field of study
  • Linguistics
August 2017 - June 2019
August 2012 - December 2015
University of Utah
Field of study
  • Linguistics and German Literature and language


Publications (4)
Conference Paper
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One significant contribution of generative linguistics has been to our understanding of 'movement,' which occurs when a word is linearized in a position different from where it is interpreted. Even though movement often is considered a syntactic phenomenon, some cases seem best analyzed prosodically, such as pronoun post-posing in Irish (Bennett, E...
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This study illustrates that role of Lexical Selection (Mascaró 2007) in Optimality Theory in accounting for the Welsh definite article’s allomorphy. This is in response to the claims made by Hannahs & Tallerman (2006) that OT is unable to account for the behavior and distribution of the definite article. This study addresses three of the points tha...
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A new analysis of Raddoppiamento Sintattico focusing on ”Backward” gemination using Optimality Theory and making a comparison to the Autosegmental analysis of Brinkerhoff (2015). Written for a general audience.
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An analysis of Italian’s Raddoppiamento Sintattico within the framework of Autosegmentalism using new data collected from an audio recording of the bible in Italian.



Project (1)
This project investigates the role prosody plays in the displacement of negative indefinites in North Germanic languages.