Richard S. Kayne

Silver Professor of Linguistics;

Docteur ès Lettres 1976 (linguistics), Paris VIII; Ph.D. 1969 (linguistics), Massachusetts Institute of Technology; A.B. 1964 (mathematics), Columbia. Honorary degrees: Doctorate honoris causa 2011 Bucharest (Romania), Doctorate honoris causa 1995, Leiden (The Netherlands).

Office Address: 

Department of Linguistics
New York University
10 Washington Place #403
New York, NY 10003





Areas of Research/Interest: 

Theoretical syntax, (micro-)comparative syntax, French/Italian syntax.

External Affiliations:

Editor, Oxford Studies in Comparative Syntax (Oxford University Press, New York) 1989- present; Chair, Section Z: Linguistics and the Language Sciences, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1994-1995.


Professor Kayne, a member of the faculty of the Department of Linguistics since 1997, came to NYU from the faculties of the University of Paris VIII, MIT, and the CUNY Graduate Center, where he held the position of Distinguished Professor.

He earned his A.B. in Mathematics from Columbia University, his Ph.D. in Linguistics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his Docteur ès Lettres from the University of Paris VIII.

One of the leading linguists in the world, his research interests focus on the study of the syntax of English and the Romance languages and on micro-comparative syntax, and his publications include Movement and Silence, Handbook of Comparative Syntax (Editor), Parameters and Universals, The Antisymmetry of Syntax and French Syntax. He has served as Editor of Oxford Studies in Comparative Syntax since 1989 and is the author of over 50 articles.

Professor Kayne, a recipient of a National Science Foundation grant and a Fulbright Chair, has also received an honorary degree from the University of Leiden, the Netherlands.


National Science Foundation Research Grant, Microparametric Variation in Romance Syntax, 1992-1996; Fulbright Chair in Theoretical Linguistics, University of Venice, Spring, 1995; Fulbright Lectureship, University of Rome, Spring, 1978.

Updated on 04/18/2012