MaryEllen Cathcart

Photo of Me at Llactapacta over looking Machu Picchu while was in Peru doing research on Cusco Quechua

Contact Information

mdotedot at udel dot edu
46 E. Delaware Ave.
Newark, DE 19716
I am PhD student at the University of Delaware in the Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Science.  My main focus is the syntax and semantic interface.  I received an NSF dissertation grant to study Cusco Quechua.  My dissertation is on a previously unrecognized linguistic category: Impulsatives.  In addition to Cusco Quechua, my dissertation also covers unrelated languages: Albanian, Bulgarian, and Finnish.


Conference Presentations

  • A New Grammatical Category: Impulsatives. Penn Linguistics Colloquium, Philadelphia March  2010
  • The Syntax and Semantics of Desideratives in Albanian. Georgetown Linguistics Society, Washington, D.C. February 2010
  • Bi-Eventivity & Affecting Arguments. S. Bosse, B. Bruening, M.E. Cathcart, H.-j. Cheng, A. E. Peng, M. Yamada. Formal Approaches to South Slavic and Balkan Languages, Dubrovnik (Croatia), 25-28 September 2008.
  • Bi-Eventive Affect. S. Bosse, B. Bruening, M.E. Cathcart, H.-j. Cheng, A. E. Peng, M. Yamada.TEAL, Potsdam (Germany), 10-11 September 2008.


  • Language, Mind and Society, Spring 2009 & Spring 2010, University of Delaware
  • Language and Gender, Fall 2007 & Fall 2008, University of Delaware
  • Introduction to Linguistics: Spring 2008, University of Delaware
  • Pronunciation, Summer 2009 & 2010, English Language Institute