Prof. Susan Rothstein

Prof. Susan Rothstein
Conference hours: 

Fields of interest

Semantics and the syntax-semantics interface, in particular the aspect, theories of counting and measuring, noun phrase structure, event semantics, crosslinguistic semantics, BIblical Hebrew.



1979 - 1983    Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

                             Doctoral programme in Linguistics.

                             Minor Field: Philosophy of Language.

                             Dissertation: The Syntactic Forms of Predication


1976 – 1979    Oxford University (Lady Margaret Hall)  B.A.

                             School of Philosophy and Modern Languages. B.A. (Hons)

                             June 1979 (converted to M.A. January 1984)



2001- present  Professor of Theoretical Linguistics, Department of English,

     Bar-Ilan University (with tenure).     

2002- present  Fellow, Gonda Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center, Bar-Ilan


1991-2001       Senior Lecturer in Theoretical Linguistics, Department of English,

                        Bar-Ilan University (with tenure).

1985-1991       Lecturer in Theoretical Linguistics, Department of  English,

                        Bar-Ilan University.

1983-1985       Assistant Professor of Linguistics, College of  William and Mary.


Honours and Awards:

Honorary Visiting Professor, Beijing Language and Culture University (October 2015)

Humboldt Research Award (2014).

Member of the Academia Europaea, (elected 2013).

Alon Fellowship for Outstanding  New Faculty (1985-1988)


Guest Positions (since 2001)

2015-2016  Visiting Professor, Department of General Linguistics, Tübingen University,


2008-2010 Visiting Professor , Leiden University Linguistics Department. The Netherlands.

2001-2002  Visitor, Utrecht Institute for Linguistics (UiL-OTS).

2001           Visitor, Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschatft, Berlin. (February)


Additional Invited Teaching:

2016    XIth Workshop on Formal Linguistics. Minicourse: Federal University of Paraná (UFPR),

            Brazil. Minicourse; Counting and Measuring  Crosslinguistically  7-9 November, 2016.

2015   University of Lativa, 7th International School in Cognitive Sciences and Semantics.

           "Number: Crosslinguistic and Crossdisciplinary Approaches", Invited Organiser/

           Professor.    Minicourse:Counting and Measuring Crosslinguistically.

2010   Brazilian Association of Linguistics XXth Institute, Federal University of

           Parana, Curitiba. Minicourse: Mass Nouns and Count Nouns (with Fred


2009   University of Leiden, Graduate Seminar (one semester). Aspect in the

           Nominal and Verbal Domain

2008   Brazilian Semantics Association VIIth Workshop on Formal Linguistics.

           University of  Parana, Curitiba. Minicourse:Aspect in the nominal and

           verbal domain: atomicity and homogeneity  revisited

2002  LOT Winter School, Leiden University. Minicourse: Aspect

1997  Linguistic Society of America Summer Institute, Cornell University.

          The semantics of events (with Fred Landman)

1995  Université de Paris VII, Predication and Syntax (six lectures).



a) books as author:

Rothstein, Susan, 2017, Semantics for Counting and Measuring Cambridge University Press:


Rothstein, Susan, 2004. Structuring Events: A Study in the Semantics of Lexical

     Aspect. Blackwell: Oxford.

Rothstein, Susan, 2001.  Predicates and their Subjects.  Kluwer: Dordrecht.

Rothstein, Susan, 1985.  The Syntactic Forms of Predication. Indiana  University

     Linguistics Club: Bloomington, Indiana.


b) books edited:

Rothstein, Susan and Jurģis Šķilters, 2016. The Baltic International Yearbook of

      Cognition, Logic and Communication  Volume 11: Number: Cognitive Semantics and

      Crosslinguistic Approaches. New Prairie Press, Kansas.


Armon-Lotem, Sharon, Gabi Danon and Susan Rothstein (eds.),  2009.

     Generative Approaches  to Hebrew Linguistics, John Benjamins: Amsterdam.    

Rothstein, Susan (ed.), 2008. Theoretical and Crosslinguistic Approaches

     to the Semantics of Aspect  John Benjamins:Amsterdam.

Rothstein, Susan (ed.), 1998.  Events and Grammar. Kluwer: Dordrecht. (with


Rothstein, Susan (ed.), 1991.  Perspectives on Phrase Structure: Heads and

     Licensing. Syntax and Semantics 25.  Academic Press: New York.


c. papers:


Rothstein, Susan, (in press). Proper names in construct state phrases, to appear in Folia

      Linguistica special issue on proper names, edited by Barbara Schlücker and Tanja


Rothstein, Susan, (to appear) Some contrasts between aspectual operators in English and

      Slavic. In P. Kosta and T. Radeva-Bork (eds.), Current developments in Slavic Linguistics.

      Twenty years after: selected papers from FDSL 11.  Bern: Peter Lang. 

Rothstein, Susan,  (to appear) Counting, Measuring and Approximation. In: H. Filip (ed.)

      Counting and Measuring in Natural Language. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Rothstein, Susan,  (to appear) Count vs. mass nouns. In: L.Matthewson, C.Meier, H.Rullman,

      and T.E. Zimmermann (eds.),  The Blackwell Companion to Semantics. Malden and

      Oxford: Wiley/Blackwell:

Rothstein, Susan and Roberta Pires de Oliveira (in press). Comparatives in Brazilian

      Portuguese: Counting and measuring. In F. Moltmann (ed.) Mass and Count in Linguistics,

      Philosophy, and Cognitive Science, John Benjamins: Amsterdam.

Kulkarni, Ritwik., Alessandro Treves and Susan Rothstein (in press). Can Mass- Count

      Syntax be derived from Semantics. In F. Moltmann (ed.) Mass and Count in Linguistics,

      Philosophy, and Cognitive Science, John Benjamins: Amsterdam.

Schvarcz, Brigitta R., and Susan Rothstein, (in press). Hungarian classifier constructions and

      the mass/count distinction. In: A.Liptak and H. van der Hulst (eds.), Approaches

       to Hungarian 15. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Moshavi Adina  and Susan Rothstein (in press) Indefinite Numerical Construct Phrases in

       Biblical Hebrew. To appear Journal of Semitic Studies

Rothstein, Susan,  2016  Counting and Measuring: a theoretical and crosslinguistic

      account. In: S. Rothstein and  J. Šķilters (eds.), The Baltic International Yearbook of

      Cognition, Logic and Communication  Volume 11: Number: Cognitive Semantics and

      Crosslinguistic Approaches. New Prairie Press, Kansas.

Rothstein, Susan, 2016Aspect. In: M. Aloni and P. Dekker (eds.), The Cambridge

       Handbook of Formal Semantics.  Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. Pp342-368

Kulkarni, Ritwik, Susan Rothstein and Alessandro Treves 2016. A neural network perspective

      on the syntactic semantic association between mass and count nouns. Journal of Advances

      in Linguistics 6:2

Khrizman, Keren, Fred Landman, Suzi Lima, Susan Rothstein and Brigitta Schvarcz, 2015.

      Portion readings are count readings not measure readings. In: T. Brochhagen, F. Roelofsen

      & N. Theiler (eds.)  Proceedings of the 20th Amsterdam Colloquium. pp 197-206.

Khrizman, Keren and Susan Rothstein (2015) Russian approximative inversion as a

       measure construction.  In G. Zybatow, P. Biskup, Marcel Guhl, Claudia Hurtig, Olav

       Mueller-Reichau, M. Yastrebova (eds.): Slavic Grammar from a Formal Perspective. The

       10th Anniversary FDSL Conference, Leipzig 2013. Linguistik International, Band 35. Peter

       Lang Edition. Frankfurt am Main 2015  pp 259-272.

Rothstein, Susan 2013 On the scope of aspectual operators. In Cassandra Chapman, Olena Kit

      Ivona Kučerová. Proceedings of Formal Approachs to Slavic Linguistics  The McMaster

      Meeting 22. p 245-265  Michigan Slavic Publications: Ann Arbor

Rothstein, Susan 2013 A Fregean semantics for number words Proceedings of the 19th

      Amsterdam Colloquium. Maria Aloni, Michael Franke & Floris Roelofsen (eds.) pp179-186.

Rothstein, Susan 2013. Adjectivally-headed construct states in Hebrew. Lingua.

Pires de Oliveira Roberta and Susan Rothstein. 2013. Bare singular objects in Brazilian

      Portuguese: Perfectivity, Telicity and Kinds.   In:  Johannes Kabatek and Albert Wall (eds.)

      New Perspectives on Bare Noun Phrases in Romance and Beyond.  [ SLCS 141). John

      Benjamins: Amsterdam.  pp189-222.

Rothstein, Susan 2013. A cross linguistic perspective on bare nominals: Modern Hebrew

      and Brazilian Portuguese.  In:  Johannes Kabatek and Albert Wall (eds.)

      New Perspectives on Bare Noun Phrases in Romance and Beyond.  [ SLCS 141). John

      Benjamins: Amsterdam.  pp36-61.

‎‎Kulkarni, Ritwik, Susan Rothstein and Alessandro Treves 2013 A statistical

     investigation into ‎the ‎crosslinguistic distribution of mass and count nouns:

     ‎morphosyntactic and semantic ‎perspectives.  Biolinguistics 7, 132-168.

Rothstein, Susan, 2012 Numbers: Counting, Measuring and Classifying.

     Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung16. Ana Aguilar-Guevara, Anna

     Chernilovskaya and Rick Nouwen (eds). MIT Working Papers in Linguistics:

     Cambridge, MA.  pp527-543

Li, Xuping and Susan Rothstein. 2012. Measure readings of Mandarin classifier

     ‎phrases and ‎the particle deLanguage and Linguistics 13.4 693-741.

Rothstein, Susan, 2012. Another look at accomplishments and incrementality. In

     V. Demonte, and L. McNally, Telicity, Change, State: A Cross-categorical View

     of  Event Structure. (Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics) Oxford University

     Press: Oxford.  60-102.

Landman, Fred and Susan Rothstein 2012. The felicity of aspectual for-phrases

     Part I:  Homogeneity. Language and Linguistics Compass 6/2  85–96,  


Landman, Fred and Susan Rothstein 2012. The felicity of aspectual for-phrases

     Part II: Incremental homogeneity.Language and Linguistics Compass 6/2:

     97–112, 10.1002/lnc3.3232011

Gupol, Olga., Rothstein Susan, and Armon-Lotem Sharon, 2012.  The

     development of L1 Tense-aspect morphology in Russian-Hebrew bilinguals. In

     Emmanuelle Labeau and Inès Saddour. Tense, Aspect and Mood in First and

     Second Language Acquisition. p73-106. Rodopi: Amsterdam - New York.

Pires de Oliveira R, and Susan Rothstein. 2011 Bare nouns in are mass in

     Brazilian Portuguese.  Lingua  doi:10.1016/j.lingua.2011.09.004

Pires de Oliveira, Roberta and Susan Rothstein, 2011. Two sorts of bare nouns

     in Brazilian Portuguese. Revista da Abralin  2011 option=com_content (in Portuguese)

Rothstein, Susan, 2011. Secondary predication. In P.Portner, C. Maienborn and

     K.von Heusinger. Semantics: An International Handbook of Natural Language

     Meaning. Volume 2.  Mouten de Gruyter

Rothstein, Susan, 2010.  Counting, measuring and the semantics of classifiers.

     The Baltic International Yearbook of Cognition, Logic and Communication.

     Volume 6

Rothstein, Susan and Alessandro Treves, 2010. Computational constraints on

     compositional interpretation: refocusing the debate on language universals.

     Lingua 2010, doi:10.1016/j.lingua.2010.03.017

Li, XuPing and Rothstein Susan, 2010. Two types of measure readings in

     Chinese classifier phrases. Proceedings of the Twelfth International Symposium

     on Chinese Languages and Linguistics (Is-CLL12)

Rothstein, Susan, 2010. Measure Phrases as (Complex) Predicates,

     Proceedings of the Twelfth International Symposium on Chinese Languages and

     Linguistics (Is-CLL12)

Rothstein, Susan, 2010. Counting and the mass count distinction. Journal of

     Semantics. 27.3: pp343-397 doi 10.1093/jos/ffq007

Rothstein, Susan, 2010. The semantics of count nouns. In M. Aloni and K.

     Schultz (eds.Logic, Language and Meaning:LNAI 6042 pp 395-404 Springer,


Landman, Fred and Susan Rothstein,  2010. Incremental homogeneity and the

     semantics of  aspectual for phrases.  In  M. Rappaport Hovav, I. Sichel and

     E. Doron (eds.)  Syntax, Lexical Semantics and Event Structure, Oxford

     University Press.

Erez Keren, Jacob Goldberger, Ronen Sosnik,  Moshe Shemesh, Susan

     Rothstein and Moshe Abeles, 2009. Analyzing movement trajectories using

     a Markov bi-clustering method. Journal of Computational Neuroscience 27:


Rothstein, Susan, 2009.  Measuring and counting in Modern Hebrew. Brill’s

     Annual of Afroasiatic Languages and Linguistics, Volume 1. 2009. 106-145.

Rothstein, Susan 2009. Telicity at the dinner table. Snippets  20 Also "Between 40 and 60 puzzles for Manfred


Braginsky Pavel and Susan Rothstein,  2008. Vendler Classes and the

     Russian Aspectual System. Journal of Slavic Linguistics 16.1.

Rothstein, Susan, 2008.  Telicity, atomicity and the Vendler classification of

     events. In S. Rothstein (ed.),Theoretical and Crosslinguistic Approaches to

     the Semantics of Aspect. John Benjamins:Amsterdam. pp 43-78

Rothstein, Susan, 2008.  Two puzzles for a theory of lexical aspect: the case of

     semelfactives and degree adverbials. In J. Dölling,  T. Heyde-Zybatow and M.

     Shaefer (eds), Event Structures in Linguistic Form and Interpretation

     Mouton De Gruyter:Berlin.  pp175-198

Rothstein, Susan, 2006. Predication. In: Keith Brown, (Editor-in-Chief),

     Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, volume 10, pp73-76.


Rothstein, Susan, 2006. On secondary predication. In M. Everaert & H. van

     Riemsdijk (eds): The Blackwell Companion to Syntax. Blackwell: Oxford.

Braginsky, Pavel and Susan Rothstein, 2005. Imperfective Accomplishments

     in Russian: the bit by bit test.  Proceedings of The Israel Association for

     Theoretical Lingusitics 21.

Filip, Hana, and  Susan Rothstein,  2005. Telicity as a semantic parameter.

     In Formal Approaches to  Slavic Linguistics 15 (The Princeton Meeting). 

     J.Lavine, S Franks, Tasseva-Kurktchieva and H. Filip Michigan Slavic

     Publications: Ann Arbor, pp139- 156.

Rothstein, Susan, 2005. States and modification: a reply to Maienborn 
     Theoretical Linguistics 31 pp375-381.  

Rothstein, Susan, 2004. Derived Accomplishments and Lexical Aspect. In J.

     Gueron and J. Lacarme. (eds.) The Syntax of Time. MIT Press: Cambridge,


Rothstein, Susan, 2003. Secondary Predication and Aspectual Structure.

     In E.Lang, C. Fabricius-Hansen and C. Maienborn (eds.) Handbook on

     Adjuncts, Mouton.

Rothstein, Susan, 2001. What are incremental themes? In: G. Jaeger, A.

     Strigin, C.Wilder and N. Zhang, (eds.) Papers on Predicative Constructions,

      ZAS Papers in Linguistics 22.

Rothstein, Susan, 2000. The Semantics of Secondary Predication; Depictives

     and Resultatives. Proceedings of the 16th annual meeting of the Israel

     Association for Theoretical Linguistics.

Rothstein, Susan, 2000. Secondary predication and aspectual structure. In E.

     Lang,C. Fabricius-Hansen and C. Maienborn (eds.)  ZAS Papers in

     Linguistics:Papers from the Oslo Conference on Adjuncts. ZAS, Berlin.

Rothstein, Susan, 1999.  Fine-grained structure in the eventuality domain:

     the semantics of predicate adjective phrases and ‘be’.  Natural Language

     Semantics 7, pp 347-420.

Rothstein, Susan, 1998. Predicational "Be". In Texas Linguistic Forum 38: The

     Syntax and Semantics of Predication, edited by R. Blight and M. Moosally,

     Austin, Texas: University of Texas Department of Linguistics.

Rothstein, Susan, 1995.  Pleonastics and the interpretation of pronouns.

     Linguistic Inquiry 26, pp499-529.

Rothstein, Susan, 1995.  Adverbial quantification over events.  Natural

     Language Semantics 3, pp1-31.

Rothstein, Susan, 1995.  Small  clauses and copular constructions. In A.

     Cardinaletti & T. Guasti (eds.),  Small Clauses, Syntax and Semantics 28.

     Academic Press: New York (1995) pp27-48.

Rothstein, Susan, 1992.  Case and NP licensing. Natural Language and

     Linguistic Theory 10. pp119-139.

Rothstein, Susan, 1992.  Predication and the structure of clauses. Belgian

     Journal of Linguistics 7, pp155-169.

Rothstein, Susan and William Snyder, 1992. A note on contraction, case and

     complementisers. The Linguistic Review 9, pp251-266.

Rothstein, Susan, 1991.  Logical form and grammar: comments on Lappin, May

     and Reinhart. In A. Kasher (ed.), The Chomskian Turn, Blackwell:Oxford.


Rothstein, Susan, 1991.  Predication, binding and the c-command relation.

     Linguistic Inquiry 22, pp572-578.

Rothstein, Susan, 1991.  Heads, projections and category determination. In D.

     Bouchard and K. Leffel (eds.), Views on Phrase Structure, Kluwer: Dordrecht.


Rothstein, Susan, 1991.  Syntactic licensing and subcategorisation. In  S.

     Rothstein (ed.), Perspectives on Phrase Structure:Heads and Licensing. Syntax

     and Semantics 25. Academic Press: New York. pp139-158.

Rothstein, Susan, 1991.  The autonomy of syntax: an argument from predication

     and theta- assignment. In B. Palek and P. Janota. (eds.)  Proceedings of LP'90,

     Charles University Press: Prague. pp189-198.

Rothstein, Susan 1990.  Review of D.J. Napoli, Predication, (CUP) Language 68,3.

Rothstein, Susan, 1988. Conservativity and the syntax of determiners,

     Linguistics 26,  pp999-1019.

Rothstein, Susan, 1987. The syntactic forms of predication. The Linguistic Review.

Rothstein, Susan, 1987.  Syntactic representation and semantic interpretation.

     In  L.Vaina (ed.),  Matters of Intelligence,  Kluwer: Dordrecht.

Rothstein, Susan, 1987.   The syntax and semantics of the Verb 'be',.  25th

     Anniversary Volume, MIT Working Papers in Linguistics.

Rothstein, Susan. 1984.  On the conceptual link between clauses I & II of

     the Extended Projection Principle.   Proceedings of the Meeting of the Berkeley

     Linguistics Society, pp 266-273,.

Rothstein, Susan, 1981.  Vowel deletion, vowel reduction, and Biblical Aramaic

     syllable structure, MIT Working Papers in Linguistics Vol III, p53-72.



d) papers in preparation:

Rothstein Susan and  Roberta Pires de Oliveira  Counting and measuring with

     bare singulars in Brazilian Portuguese.

Rothstein, Susan  Bare noun phrases and the Universal Grinder

Rothstein, Susan   Locatives, locations and other entities.


37-458  Number Counting and Aspect

37-861  Graduate Research Seminar

37-591  Meaning and Use


My research interests, broadly speaking, are the semantics of natural language and the syntax-semantics interface, and crosslinguistic variation in the syntax/semantics mapping. My current ongoing projects include:

(i)  Hebrew constructs and their relation to genitive constructions crosslinguistically. I am writing a book on this topic, which is to appear with Oxford University Press.

(ii) A typology of count, mass and number in Brazilian languages (in collaboration with Suzi Lima, University of Toronto/Federal Univerisity of Rio de Janeiro). This project investigates variation in the expression of number and the mass/count distinction in indigenous languages in Brazil. We have prepared a questionnaire which is being used as a basis for investigating this by fieldworkers documenting 25 different indigenous languages. A conference of all fieldworkers to present and discuss results will be held at the Museum of the Indian in Rio de Janeiro in August 2017.  

(iii) Numerals in Biblical Hebrew  (in collaboration with Adina Moshavi, Department of Hebrew Language, BIU)

(iv) Compounds in Modern Hebrew (in collaboration with Lior Laks, Department of English Literature and Linguistics, BIU)

(v)  The semantics of aspect  (in collaboration with Fred Landman, Tel Aviv University)

Recently, Edit Doron (HUJI) Outi Bat-El (TAU) and I have set up the Research Network in Biblical Hebrew Linguistics with the aim of encouraging interactions between  philologists and theoretical linguists interested in Biblical Hebrew linguistics, and providing a forum for them to meet and talk. The first workshop of the Research Network took place at Bar-Ilan University on February 6, 2017.