Daniel Valois, PhD

Professor, Département de linguistique et de traduction
Université de Montréal

Daniel Valois is Professor at the Département de linguistique et de traduction at Université de Montréal where he teaches and conducts research in theoretical syntax, language acquisition and psycholinguistics. He received a PhD in linguistics from UCLA in 1991. His early work aimed at assimilating the structure of noun phrases to that of clauses, especially with respect to adjective/adverb placement and argument structure. Publications on this topic appeared in many refereed journals, including Linguistic Inquiry and the Canadian Journal of Linguistics, as well in Blackwell’s Syntax Companion and other major collective publications. His work has been presented at major conferences such as the North Eastern Language Society (NELS), the West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (WCCFL), the Generative Linguists of the Old World (GLOW) conference, the Linguistic Symposium on Romance Linguistics (LSRL), Going Romance, and Neurobiology of Language.

He has since developed interests in first language acquisition research as well as in the neurological bases of language (and, more currently, of music and language). Papers on language acquisition appeared inProbusLanguage Acquisition, the Journal of French Language Studies and the proceedings of the Boston Conference on Child Language Development, among others. He has been a member of the editorial board of Probus, a prominent journal of Romance languages, since 1996.

Current projects include ERP analyses of argument structure, nominal agreement and conceptual semantics, the effect of music training on the syntactic competence of language-impaired patients, and the neurological aspects of morphological derivation processing.