Greg Johnson, PhD


I am Visiting Lecturer in Linguistics at Louisiana State University.

I recently worked with Christina Tortora on the AAPCAppE as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at CUNY (The College of Staten Island and The Graduate Center). The fellowship was supported by the National Science Foundation, #BCS-1152148 (PI: Tortora). I continue to work with Dr. Tortora on the Variation in Appalachian Verb Forms project

I received my PhD in Linguistics from Michigan State University. My advisor was Alan Munn.


Research Interests

I am interested in Syntax, Morphosyntax, and Syntactic Variation in my native dialect Appalachian English as well as in other dialects and languages.

More specifically, I am interested in how linguistic variation effect syntax and morphology differently.

I am also interested in issues of social justice that relate to dialect use and discrimination in educational settings, courtrooms, and popular culture.


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2015 - "What we Liketa Missed about Restructuring and Auxiliaries: Evidence from Appalachian English. revise and resubmit NLLT

2015 - "Floating Quantifiers are All Stranding: Wh-all in AppE" revise and resubmit LI


G. Johnson. Liketa is not Almost. In Proceedings of the 36th annual Penn linguistics colloquium, volume 19.1. Philadelphia, 2013. [ bib ][ pdf ]


G Johnson. Contraction and Syntactic Effects in Perfect Infinitival Complements. The Linguistics Society of America, 2013. [ bib ]

G Johnson. Micro-variation as restructuring in infinitival perfect contractions. Nijmegen, Netherlands, 2012. New Ways of Analyzing Syntactic Variation, Radboud University. [ bib ]

G Johnson. Liketa is not Almost. The 36th Penn Linguistics Colloquium, University of Pennsylvania, 2012. [ bib ]

G. Johnson. The Ingredients of Phrasal Approximatives: Insight from Appalachian English. 79th South Eastern Conference on Linguistics, 2012. [ bib ]

G. Johnson. Perception Complements in Appalachian English Revisited. The Linguistics Society of America, 2011. [ bib ]

G. Johnson. Perception Complements in Appalachian English. 40th Michigan Linguistics Society, University of Michigan, 2010. [ bib ]

G. Johnson. A Crack at Infinitival Modality. In Search of Meaning in the Midwest, Ohio State University, 2008. [ bib ]


Latex stuff that I find useful.


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