UC SPARK - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Dr Kate Kearns

School of Language, Social and Political Sciences; Linguistics

Fields of Research

  • Semantics, especially verbs and time
  • Syntax, especially verbs and verb phrases
  • Variation in sentential syntax - complementizers

Researcher Summary

Syntax and semantics, particularly verb phrase syntax, the lexical semantics of verbs, aspect and aktionsarten, and the syntax and semantics of events. Recent research also includes syntactic variation in the realization of the English finite complementizer.

Subject Area: Disciplines

Research Groups


Research/Scholarly/Creative Works

(Displaying research/scholarly/creative work for 2002 - 2007)
  • Kearns K (2007) That that thing we do: Where to omit 'that' in noun complement clauses. Hamilton, New Zealand: Linguistic Society of New Zealand (LSNZ) 17th Biennial Conference, 19 20 Jan 2007 (Conference Contribution - Other)
  • Kearns K. (2007) Complementizer variation in noun complement clauses. University of Canterbury. (Oral Presentation)
  • Kearns K. (2007) Regional variation in the syntactic distribution of null finite complementizer. Language Variation and Change 19(03). (Journal Article)
  • Kearns K. (2007) Telic senses of deadjectival verbs. Lingua 117(1): 26 - 66. (Journal Article)
  • KEARNS KATE. (2007) Epistemic verbs and zero complementizer. English Language and Linguistics 11(03). (Journal Article)
  • Kearns K. (2006) Lexical Semantics. In Aarts B; McMahon A (Ed.), The Handbook of English Linguistics: 557 - 580. Oxford: Blackwell. (Chapter)
  • Kearns K (2005) The Distribution of Null Finite Complementizer in English. Auckland, New Zealand: New Zealand Linguistics Society Conference, 17 Jan 2005 (Conference Contribution - Other)
  • Kearns K. (2005) Composed accomplishment events in English: Syntax and semantics. Wuppertal, Germany. (Oral Presentation)
  • Kearns K. (2005) I think epistemic phrases could be revisited. Brisbane, Australia. (Oral Presentation)
  • Kearns K. (2005) Telic senses of deadjectival verbs. Konstanz, Germany. (Oral Presentation)
  • Kearns K. (2005) The resurgence of the English null finite complementizer. Sydney, Australia. (Oral Presentation)
  • Kearns Kate. (2005) Light verbs in English. (Discussion/Working Paper)
  • Kearns K. (2004) Review of S. Rothstein 2004, Structuring Events: A study in the semantics of lexical aspect. Te Reo 46 118 - 132. (Journal Article)
  • Kearns K; Lewis H; Toivonen I (2003) The grammatical function of with-themes in English. Helsinki, Finland: SKY Symposium, 01 Jan 2003 (Conference Contribution - Other)
  • Kearns K. (2003) Durative achievements and individual-level predicates on events. Linguistics and Philosophy 26(5): 595 - 635. (Journal Article)
  • Kearns K. (2002) Review of Eckardt, 'Adverbs, events and other things'. Word (New York, 1945) 53 87 - 99. (Journal Article)
  • Kearns Kate. (2002) Review of Regine Eckardt, Adverbs, Events and Other Things: Issues in the Semantics of Manner Adverbs. Word (New York, 1945) 53(1): 87 - 99. (Journal Article)
  • Kearns Kate. (2002) Implicature and language change. In Verschueren JEA (Ed.), Handbook of Pragmatics: 1 - 22. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. (Chapter)