Rui P. Chaves

Rui Chaves.

Associate Professor

604 Baldy Hall
(716) 645-0133


  • PhD, University of Lisbon, Portugal


Syntax, Syntax-Semantics Interface, Constraint-Based Grammar, Long-Distance Dependencies, Coordination, Experimental Syntax, and Grammar Implementation

Selected Publications


  • Chaves, R. P. and J. E. Dery (to appear) "Frequency Effects in Subject Islands", Journal of Linguistics, vol.55, pp.47.
  • Chaves, R. P. (2018) “Freezing as a probabilistic phenomenon”. In Jutta Hartmann, Marion Knecht, Andreas Konietzko and Susanne Winkler (eds.), Freezing – Theoretical Approaches and Empirical Domains, Studies in Generative Grammar series, DeGruyter.
  • Chaves, R. P. (2014) “On the disunity of Right-Node Raising phenomena: extraposition, ellipsis, and deletion”, Language, 90(4), 834–886.
  • Chaves, R. P. and J. E. Dery. (2014) “Which subject islands will the acceptability of improve with repeated exposure?” In R. E. Santana-LaBarge (edt), 31st West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics, pp. 96–106. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project.
  • Chaves, R. P. (2014) “Grammatical alignments and the gradience of lexical categories”. In Philip Hofmeister and Elisabeth Norcliffe (eds.), The Core and the Periphery: data-driven perspectives on syntax inspired by Ivan A. Sag, 167– 220. CSLI Publications.
  • Chaves, R. P. (2013) “An expectation-based account of subject islands and parasitism”, Journal of Linguistics, 49(2), 285–327.