Howard Lasnik

Howard Lasnik (born July 3, 1945) is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Maryland.

Howard Lasnik
Born(1945-07-03)July 3, 1945
Alma materMIT, Harvard, Carnegie Institute of Technology
Scientific career
FieldsSyntax, Generative grammar
InstitutionsUniversity of Maryland, University of Connecticut
Doctoral advisorNoam Chomsky

He studied at the Carnegie Institute of Technology (B.S., 1967), Harvard University (M.A., 1969) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Ph.D., 1972). He joined the faculty of the University of Connecticut in 1972, and took up his present post at the University of Maryland in 2002.

Lasnik has been a prominent contributor to the syntax literature within a Chomskyan framework, and is one of only a few linguists to have co-written articles with Noam Chomsky.[1][2] He describes himself as a "conservative" who often finds himself "trying to resurrect old analyses or maintain current analyses that are being supplanted."[3]


  1. Chomsky, Noam; Lasnik, Howard (1977). "Filters and Control". Linguistic Inquiry (8): 425–504.
  2. Chomsky, Noam; Lasnik, Howard. "The theory of Principles and Parameters". In Jacobs, J.; von Stechow, A.; Sternefeld, W.; et al. (eds.). Syntax: An international handbook of contemporary research. Berlin: de Gruyter.
  3. Lasnik, Howard (2003). Minimalist Investigations in Linguistic Theory. Routledge. p. 4. ISBN 0-415-18194-1.
  • Lasnik, Howard; Uriagereka, Juan (2005). A course in Minimalist Syntax: Foundations and prospects. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing. ISBN 0-631-19988-8.

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