I am Sylvia L.R. Schreiner, née Sylvia L. Reed.
I am an Assistant Professor in the Linguistics Program in the English Department at George Mason University. I was previously a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts.
I work at the interfaces among syntax, semantics, and morphology. I am currently investigating topics including nominal functional structure; the morphosyntax and semantics of tense and aspect in Scottish Gaelic, Cherokee, Turkish, and Classical Greek; varieties of central and non-central coincidence; and the syntax and spatial and temporal semantics of prepositions.
I do fieldwork on Scottish Gaelic and varieties of Scottish English in Scotland, and on St. Lawrence Island/Central Siberian Yupik on St. Lawrence Island, Alaska.
I completed my Ph.D. in Linguistics at the University of Arizona in 2012. My dissertation focused on the semantics of grammatical aspect, with data from Scottish Gaelic and English. I completed my B.A. in Classical Studies at Carleton College in 2005. During my time at Carleton I also studied Linguistics, and I began my graduate studies in Linguistics in the fall of 2006. I received my M.A. in Linguistics at the University of Arizona in May 2008.
Photo: The view from Armadale pier, Isle of Skye, Scotland. July 2013.