I am a sixth year PhD candidate in the Linguistics Department at MIT. I specialize primarily in Syntax and Morphosyntax. In my prospective dissertation I am working on offering a uniform syntactic solution for constructions involving Dative/Oblique arguments in Bulgarian. Topics that also keep me excited and busy relate to the interrogatives and the possessives constructions across the Balkan languages. You will find me working and exploring the nominal domain of many non-Balkan languages, as well. Grammatical gender, definiteness, inflectional and derivational morpho-phonology are some additional topics that I have engaged with in various squibs and seminar works.
Iovtcheva, S. (submitted for publication). Bulgarian External 'Possessors': An Applicative Account.
Iovtcheva, S. 2017. Root Realization in Albanian verbal morphology. In Snejana Iovtcheva and Benjamin Strome eds. Papers in Morphology. MIT Working Papers in Linguistics, Volume 81 (with Isaac Gould and Despina Oikonomou) http://mitwpl.mit.edu/catalog/mwpl81/
Iovtcheva, S. 2017. Distinguishing Possessor Raising from ‘Affected’ external possessors in Bulgarian. In: Clair Halpert, Hadas Kotek and Coppe van Urk eds. A Pesky Set: Papers for David Pesetsky. MIT Working Papers in Linguistics, Volume 80 https://www.amazon.com/Pesky-Set-Papers-David-Pesetsky/dp/1541229339/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1487010276&sr=8-1&keywords=pesky+set
Iovtcheva, S. 2017. Island Obviation in Answer Fragments: Evidence from Bulgarian li-questions. In: Proceedings from the 24th Annual meeting of Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics (FASL), NYU (with Despina Oikonomou)
Iovtcheva, S. 2014. An Output-to-Output Correspondence Analysis of the Bulgarian Vowel-zero Alternation, MIT Generals Papers in Linguistics, Ms.
Iovtcheva, S. 2014. The DP-structure of Irish Gaelic with special attention on agreement patterns and possessive constructions, Ms.
Iovtcheva, S. 2013. The possessive constructions in Telugu – Agreement, Case Marking and Clausal dislocation, Fieldwork and Paper for 24.942, MIT Linguistics.
Iovtcheva, S. 2010. Wh-movement in Bulgarian. Evidence for [focus]-movement in a Feature-based Theory of Syntax. M.A. Thesis, Syracuse University.
- An Applicative Account of Bulgarian Double Object Constructions. MIT Syntax Square 2017.
- Affectedness and External Possessive relations. A case study on Bulgarian. Pesetsky @ 60, Workshop in honor of David Pesetsky’s 60th birthday, (2017 at MIT).
- Possessors and definiteness effects in Bulgarian, ECO-5 (2016 at MIT).
- Distinguishing raising external possessors in Bulgarian. MIT Syntax Square (2015).
- Island obviation in answer fragments: Evidence from Bulgarian li-questions (with Despina Oikonomou) FASL24 (2015 at NYU).
- The External Possessors of Bulgarian: Raising, Control, and Focus, ECO-5 (2015 at Harvard).
- An Output-to-Output correspondence analysis of Bulgarian vowel-zero alternation FASL23 (2014 at Berkeley University)
- [focus]-movement in wh-questions in Bulgarian. MIT Syntax Square (2011).
- Wh-questions in Bulgarian: Evidence for [focus]-movement in a Feature-based Syntactic Theory, 5th Annual Slavic Linguistic Society Conference at the University of Chicago (2010).
- Wh-movement in Bulgarian. Syracuse University Linguistic Colloquium (2010).