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2024 and To appear

  • Tollan, R. and B. Palaz. What does that mean? Complementizers and epistemic authority. To appear in Open Mind: Discoveries in Cognitive Science.


  • Yoo, M. and R. Tollan. Transitivity and non-uniform subjecthood in agreement attraction. Memory and Cognition. 1-18. DOI: 10.3758/s13421-023-01482-8.
  • Cho, J. and R. Tollan. Dependency formation interacts with case: Evidence from Korean double nominative constructions. Proceedings of the Linguistic Society of America.


  • Ishii, K. and R. Tollan. Syntactic matching effects in the online processing of
    intransitive subject relative clauses. Proceedings of the 52nd Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society.
  • Tollan, R. and D. Massam. Licensing unergative objects in ergative languages: The view from Polynesian.  Syntax, 25 (2), 242-275
  • Tollan, R. and D. Heller. Pronoun resolution and ergativity: Effects of subjecthood and case in Niuean. Language, 98 (1),157-183.
  • Tollan, R. and L. Clemens. Syntactic ergativity as a constraint on crossing dependencies: The perspective from Mayan. Linguistic Inquiry, 53 (3), 459-499.


  • Yoo, M., S. Tomioka, and R. Tollan. NP types of distractors modulate the processing of English cleft sentences. Proceedings ExLing 2021: 12th International Conference of Experimental Linguistics.
  • Tollan, R. and B. Palaz. Subject gaps revisited: complement clauses and complementizer-trace effects. Frontiers in Psychology: Language Sciences, 12, 658364.
  • Clemens, L. and R. Tollan. Syntactic ergativity and word order in Tongic languages. Polynesian syntax and semantics, ed. by Lauren Clemens and Diane Massam.
  • Cowper, E., B. Bjorkman, D. Currie Hall, R. Tollan, and N. Banerjee. Investigating the past of the futurate present. Syntactic Features and the Limits of Syntactic Change. Oxford University Press.
  • Tollan, R. The role of the absolutive object in morphological accessibility. Linguistic Inquiry, 52 (3), 640-654.


  • Tollan, R. Subjecthood and unmarkedness in Niuean. In Paul, Ileana (ed.). Proceedings of the Twenty- Sixth Meeting of the Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association (AFLA). University of Western  Ontario.


  • Cowper, E. B. Bjorkman, D. C. Hall, R. Tollan, and N. Banerjee. Illusions of transitive expletives in Middle English. Journal of Comparative Germanic Linguistics. DOI: 0.1007/s10828-019-09110-z.
  • Tollan, R., D. Massam, and D. Heller. Effects of case and transitivity on processing dependencies: Evidence from Niuean. Cognitive Science 1-14. DOI: 10.111/cogs.12736.


  • Tollan, R. Unergatives are different: two types of transitivity in Samoan. Glossa: A Journal of General Linguistics 3(1), 35. 1-41. DOI:
  • Tollan, R. and W. Oxford. Voice-less unergatives: Evidence from Algonquian. Proceedings of the 35th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics.


  • Tollan, R. Unergatives and Split Ergativity in Samoan. Proceedings of the 46th Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society. GSLA: University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA.
  • Tollan, R., Heller, D. Elvis Presley on an island: wh dependency formation inside complex NPs. Proceedings of the 46th Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society. GSLA: University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA.

2015 and previous

  • Cowper, E., Hall, D., Bjorkman, B., Tollan, R., and Banerjee, N. There’s no future in Old English. 2015 CLA Conference Proceedings/Actes du Congrès de l’ACL 2015. (2015)
  • Tollan, R. Book review. Jessica Coon (2013) Aspects of Split Ergativity. In Oxford Studies in Comparative Syntax. Oxford: OUP. Canadian Journal of Linguistics. (2014)
  • Tollan, R. Basque as a Nominative-Accusative Language. 2013 CLA Conference Proceedings/Actes du Congrès de l’ACL. (2013)
  • Tollan, R. Deriving Morphological Ergativity in Basque. Proceedings of the 1st Montreal-Ottawa- Toronto-Hamilton Syntax Workshop:  McGill Working Papers in Linguistics, 23.1. (2013)
  • Tollan, R. Inflectional Morphology and the loss of V to T raising in English. York Papers in Linguistics, series 12a.  (2012)
  • Tollan, R. Island Constraints and Extraction of Lexical Case marked DPs in Finnish and Turkish. York Papers in Linguistics, series 12a. (2012)
  • Tollan, R. Basque in Western Europe: some arguments for a Vasconic substratum. Vernaculum: Journal of the University of York Linguistic Society. (2011)
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