Laura Michaelis

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Laura Michaelis
Laura Michaelis speaking in Israel.jpg
ResidenceBoulder, Colorado
Alma materUniversity of California, Berkeley
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Colorado, Boulder
Doctoral advisorCharles J. Fillmore

Laura A. Michaelis is a Professor in the Department of Linguistics and a faculty fellow in the Institute of Cognitive Science at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Background and Research[edit]

Professor Michaelis' research centers on the discourse-syntax interface in conversational English and the semantic interaction between words and grammatical constructions, with particular emphasis on the linguistic encoding of tense and aspect. Her work has appeared in a variety of journals, including Language, Cognitive Science, Linguistics and Philosophy, Cognitive Linguistics, The Journal of Semantics and The Journal of Pragmatics. She is one of the founding editors of the Cambridge University Press journal Language and Cognition. Her recent research focuses on idiomatic language and multi-word expressions, the grammar of English noun phrases, verbal argument structure,[1][2] and nonstandard syntactic amalgams in conversational speech. She is currently writing a book about the formal foundations of Construction Grammar.

She received her BA, MA and PhD in linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley, writing her thesis under the direction of Charles J. Fillmore.

Select Works[edit]


  • Mismatch: Form-Function Incongruity and the Architecture of Grammar (w/ Elaine J. Francis) CSLI Publications (2003) ISBN 1-57586-383-9
  • Aspectual Grammar and Past-Time Reference. Routledge (1998) ISBN 0-415-15678-5

Other publications[edit]

  • Michaelis, Laura A. 2006. Time and Tense. In B. Aarts and A. MacMahon, (eds.), The Handbook of English Linguistics. Oxford: Blackwell. 220-234.
  • Brenier, Jason M. and Laura A. Michaelis. 2005. Optimization via Syntactic Amalgam: Syntax-Prosody Mismatch and Copula Doubling. Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory 1: 45-88.
  • Michaelis, Laura A. 2005. Entity and Event Coercion in a Symbolic Theory of Syntax. In J.-O. Oestman and M. Fried, (eds.), Construction Grammar(s): Cognitive Grounding and Theoretical Extensions. Constructional Approaches to Language, Volume 3. Amsterdam: Benjamins. 45-88.
  • Michaelis, Laura A. 2004. Type Shifting in Construction Grammar: An Integrated Approach to Aspectual Coercion. Cognitive Linguistics 15: 1-67.


  1. ^ Goldberg, Adele. 1995. Constructions: A Construction Grammar Approach to Argument Structure. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  2. ^ Goldberg, Adele. 2006. Constructions at Work. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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