Szczegielniak, Adam. 2006. “Two Types of Relative Clauses in Slavic – Evidence from Reconstruction and Ellipsis.” Western Conference On Linguistics 33. USC, Los Angeles, CA: Department of Linguistics California State University, Fresno Fresno, 373-384. Proceedings Volume 16 Abstract

This paper argues that there must be two ways to derive relative clauses in
Polish and Russian. The type of derivation strongly correlates to the type of
relative marker used in these constructions.

Clitic positions within the Left Periphery: evidence for a phonological buffer
Szczegielniak, Adam. 2005. “Clitic positions within the Left Periphery: evidence for a phonological buffer.” Clitic and Affix Combinations, edited by L Heggie and P Ordonez, 283-299. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. Book Website Abstract

In this paper I will argue that Polish auxiliary clitics provide additional evidence for adopting Rizzi’s (1997) expanded structure of the Left Periphery (LP) by arguing that auxiliary clitics are a phonological manifestation of the morphological properties of the Fin head. This will be supported by examples of auxiliary clitics demarcating Focus/Topic constructions from material within IP. Further support will come from examples where auxiliary clitics interact with LF operations like reconstruction and reflexive interpretation. However, I will also show that syntactic operations over-generate possible outputs and that we need to postulate a phonological buffer which filters syntactic output.

Relativization that you did
Szczegielniak, Adam. 2005. Relativization that you did. Harvard. Cambridge, MA: MIT Occasional Papers in Linguistics vol. 24, MIT Occasional Papers in Linguistics 24. Website Abstract

This work address the puzzle why VP ellipsis where the subject plus an auxiliary/modal
/negation (non bare-VP ellipsis) is not possible in relatives derived via operator
movement, whereas VP ellipsis where only the subject remains (bare-VP ellipsis) is
possible in both relatives derived via operator movement as well as head noun movement.
I will argue that Polish and Russian ellipsis data points to the generalization that VPellipsis
is essentially deletion of a topic VP.
In the first part of the thesis, I show that Polish and Russian relative clauses divide into
two types: (i) derived by head noun movement (co/cto-relatives), and (ii) derived by
operator movement and adjunction of the relative to the head noun (który/kotoryjrelatives).
In the second part, I answer why bare-VP ellipsis is only possible in co/cto-relatives, and
non bare-VP ellipsis is possible in both types of relatives. I will argue that de-stressing
and subsequent ellipsis requires the establishment of Topic and Focus in overt syntax.
The establishment of Topic/Focus interacts with relative clause formation giving rise to
the asymmetry in the availability of both types of VP ellipsis in different kinds of relative

This is a revision of my 2004 PhD thesis at Harvard
Two Types of Resumptive Pronouns in Polish Relative Clauses
Szczegielniak, Adam. 2005. “Two Types of Resumptive Pronouns in Polish Relative Clauses.” Linguistic Variation Yearbook 5: 165–185. Volume page Abstract

This paper discusses two types of resumptive pronouns found in Polish relative clauses: (i) adjacent resumptives and (ii) embedded resumptives. It will be argued that adjacent resumptives are truncated forms of the relative operator, whereas embedded resumptives are ‘regular’ resumptive pronouns found in other languages like Hebrew and Russian. Support for this claim will come from analyzing the differences between adjacent and embedded resumptives, and analyzing the similarities between adjacent resumptives and relative operators. Cross-linguistic data involving the interaction of relative clause formation and resumption, as well as the interaction of cliticization and resumption will provide additional support for the above claim.

Proceedings of the 1st HUMIT Student Conference in Language Research (HUMIT 2000)
Matushansky, Ora, Adam Szczegielniak, and, ed. 2001. Proceedings of the 1st HUMIT Student Conference in Language Research (HUMIT 2000). Cambridge, MA: MIT Working papers in Linguistics. Book Website
Polish Optional Movement
Szczegielniak, Adam. 2001. “Polish Optional Movement.” The Minimalist Parameter, edited by Galina M Alexandrova and Olga Arnaudova, 137-159. Ottawa: Benjamins. Book Website Abstract

In current Minimalism Move/Attract is considered to be a Last Resort operation driven by the need to eliminate features unreadable at the PF or LF interfaces (see, e.g., Chomsky 1995). Crucially, if elements move because they are forced to, then there should be no language exhibiting a structure with the same Numeration and yet with different linear orders.1 Consequently, optional movement poses a problem for current Minimalism. In this paper I will discuss certain properties of various word orders in Polish and will attempt to propose a minimalist account of Polish optional movement. As a starting point, I will assume the minimalist framework proposed in Chomsky (1995, Chap.4) and later modified in his MIT 1997 lectures.

'That-trace effects’ cross-linguistically and successive cyclic movement
Szczegielniak, Adam. 1999. “'That-trace effects’ cross-linguistically and successive cyclic movement.” Papers on Morphology and Syntax, Cycle One, edited by K Arregi, B Bruening, C Krause, and V Lin, 369-393. Cambridge, MA: MIT Working Papers in Linguistics. Book Website Abstract

This paper will be an attempt at accounting for ‘that-trace effects’ cross-linguistically. It will be argued that the ECP type of approach, as well as non-ECP analyses, are insufficient to account for a variety of data.The proposed analysis will crucially rely on a phase Spell-Out system adopted in Chomsky (1998) where the computational system CHL Spells-Out material to PF and LF in phases.

Szczegielniak, Adam. 1997. “Deficient Heads and Long Head Movement in Slovak.” Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics 5 . Bloomington Indiana/Wabash College: University of Michigan, 312-333. Book Website Abstract

This paper examines verbal clitics in Polish and Slovak

Szczegielniak, Adam. 1995. “Certain Aspects of Cliticization in Polish.” 19th Penn Linguistics Colloquium . Vol. 2. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia: UPenn. Abstract
The main goal of this paper is to present an account of certain forms of cliticization in Polish. I will try to show that the fact that certain clitics undergo phonological processes typically assumed to be lexical does not exclude the possibility of them being generated in the syntax, hence this paper is also an attempt to provide a framework of the interaction between different modules of grammar. Clitics are a good ground since their behavior is distinct in different levels of grammar, especially syntax and phonology.