About Me

I am a contract assistant professor at the University of Minnesota at the Institute of Linguistics, specializing in comparative syntax, psycholinguistics, and language acquisition. I am also a Faculty Affiliate of the University of Minnesota Center for Cognitive Sciences.

Apart from linguistics, I pass my time reading, doing nerd stuff, attending shows, being active, and entertaining my cat Ernie.


01/11/2018. The Minnesota Syntax & Psycholinguistics lab had 4 submissions accepted as posters to the 2018 CUNY conference on sentence processing!:
  • Chacón, Dustin A. 'Minding the gap? (Some) conditions on resumption in English'
  • Chacón, Dustin A. 'Attraction is subject-ive: Dissociating illusions and intrusions in agreement attraction'
  • Kohrt, Annika, Trey Sorensen, Dustin A. Chacón. 'Syntax predicts, semantics revises: Filler-gap dependencies into adjunct clauses'
  • Christensen, Mary, Dustin A. Chacón. 'Determining obligatory in Spanish WH-extraction.'

01/05/2018Borui Zhang's and my paper on wh-in-situ in Newari was presented at the LSA!

10/27/2017. My BA mentee Austin Kraft was just awarded to look at the processing of relative clauses in French! Congrats!

09/11/2017. My paper with PhD student Borui Zhang has been accepted as a talk at the 92nd LSA meeting! Catch Embedding, Covert Movement, and Intervention Effects in Kathmandu Newari this spring!

04/18/2017. BA advisee Jo Shoemaker will be presenting her BA thesis, A resumptive pronoun that how it gets interpreted doesn't matterwith me at MULS 2017 this weekend! She'll be joining the UMD Computer Science PhD program in the fall!

1/06/2017. PhD students Anthoni Fortier and Borui Zhang will be presenting some research of theirs on the syntax of Newari at FASAL 7, collected from our Field Methods class! 

12/16/2016. Congratulations to my undergrad mentee Brad Harmon, whose Undergrad Research Opportunity Project on that-trace effects in Scandinavian has been approved!

10/15/2016. Catch my poster with Yale undergraduate Nikhil Lakhani at NELS 47 this weekend – Resumptive pronouns affect later filler-gap dependency processing!

10/03/2016. I am now a Faculty Affiliate of the Center for Cognitive Sciences!

09/28/2016. Catch my colloquium talk at the University of Minnesota on 09/30, entitled Fine structural detail in sentence comprehension! Facebook event can be found here.

08/05/2016. Locality and Word Order in Active Dependency Formation in Bangla has been accepted for publication in Frontiers in Psychology!