Peer-reviewed Journal Articles (Accepted)

Major, T. & Torrence, H. (Accepted). Picking up a Friend Along the Way: A'-Movement Through the v/VP Region in Avatime. Linguistic Inquiry.


Major, T., Mayer, C., and Eziz, G. (Accepted). Disentangling words, clitics, and suffixes in Uyghur. Languages.


Major, T. (Accepted). Re-analyzing “say”-complementation: implications for case theory and beyond. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory.


Major, T. (2022). Revisiting the syntax of monsters in Uyghur. Linguistic Inquiry.


McKenzie, A., Eziz, G. & Major, T. (2018). Latent homomorphism and content satisfaction: The double life of Turkic auxiliary -(˙I)p bol-. Glossa: a journal of general linguistics 3 (1), 47.



Major, T., Diercks, M., & Sikiku, J. (under revision). A Reanalysis of Bukusu Complementizer Agreement. Submitted to Natural Language and Linguistic Theory.

Major, T. & Gluckman, J. (under revision). Quotative markers in naming contexts. 

Major, T. and Torrence, H. (in preparation -invited). On the island status of adjuncts in Avatime. Languages.

Peer-reviewed Book Chapters

Major, T., & Mayer, C. (to appear). A phonological model of Uyghur Intonation. In S. Jun & S.D Khan (Eds). Prosodic Typology III. Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK.

Duncan, P., Major, T., & Kandybowicz, J., & Torrence, H. (2022). Managing data for theoretical syntactic study of a language. In A. Berez-Kroeker, B. McDonnell, E. Koller, and L. Collister (Eds). The Open Handbook of Linguistic Data Management. MIT Press: Cambridge, MA.


Major, T. & Gluckman, J. (under revision). Quotative markers in naming contexts. 

Major, T., Diercks, M., & Sikiku, J. (in preparation). A Reanalysis of Bukusu Complementizer Agreement.

Mayer, C., Major, T., & Yakup, M. (in preparation). Uyghur Vowel Harmony: Trigger Conflicts, variation, and distance-based decay. 


Major, T.  On the nature of "say" complementation. PhD Thesis, UCLA.

Conference Proceedings

Major, T., & Stockwell, R. (in preparation.) “Say”-ing without a Voice. Proceedings of the North East Linguistics Society 51. UQAM, Montreal, CA.

Major, T., & Torrence, H. (to appear). “Say”-chains, not “say”-complementation. Proceedings of WCCFL38. UBC, BC.

Major, T., & Mayer, C. (2019). What indexical shift sounds like: Uyghur intonation and interpreting speech reports (with Connor Mayer). Proceedings of NELS 49. Cornell University, New York.

Özyildiz, D., Major, T., & Maier, E. (2019). Communicative Reception Reports as Hear-say: Evidence from Indexical Shift in Turkish. Proceedings of West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics 36. UCLA, California.

Mayer, C., & Major, T. (2018). A challenge for tier-based strict locality from Uyghur backness harmony. In Foret, A., Kobele, G., Pogodalla, S. (Eds). Formal Grammar 2018. FG 2018. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 10950. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. doi: 10.1007/978-3-662-57784-4_4 

Major, T., & Mayer, C. (2018). Towards a Phonological Model of Uyghur Intonation. In K. Klessa, J. Bachan, A. Wagner, M. Karpinski, and D. Sledzingski (Eds). Proceedings of the 9th Speech Prosody International Conference. doi: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018

Duncan, P. T., Major, T., & Udoinyang M. (2018). Verb and Predicate Coordination in Ibibio. In E. Clem, P. Jenks, & H. Sande (Eds). Theory and Description in African Linguistics: Selected Papers from the 47th Annual Conference on African Linguistics.

Duncan, P. T., Major, T., & Udoinyang M. (2018). Searching high and low for focus in Ibibio. In J. Kandybowicz, T. Major, & H. Torrence, & P. Duncan (eds.), African Linguistics on the Prairie: Selected Papers from the 45th Annual Conference on African Linguistics

Major, T., & Özkan, S. (2018) Anaphora in two Turkic languages: Condition A is not enough. In Y. Köylü and J. Kornfilt (Eds). Proceedings of Turkish, Turkic, and Languages of Turkey 2. IULC Working Papers 18 (2).

Major, T. (2017). Uyghur Contrastive Polarity Questions: A case of verb-stranding “TP-ellipsis”. In L. Zidani-Eroglu, M. Ciscel, and E. Koulidobrova. Proceedings of the 12th Workshop on Altaic Formal Linguistics.

Mckenzie, A., Eziz, G., & Major, T. (2015). Reference to content situations in Uyghur auxiliary bolmaq. In A. Jurgensen (Ed). Proceedings of the 41st Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society.