Profile photo smHello! I am a Postdoctoral Scholar in Department of Linguistics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Previously, I was a Term Assistant Professor in the linguistics program at George Mason University. I earned my Ph.D in linguistics in 2016 from the University of Southern California.

My research is focused in syntax and phonology, with attention to their interfaces. Broadly, I am interested in the syntactic and phonological sources of word-order variation, and the ways in which they interact in formal grammar. My recent work investigates the syntax of functional heads as well as aspects of Prosodic Phonology and the morphology-phonology interface. More information about my previous and ongoing work can be found on the Research page.

My CV is available here (updated July, 2017)

Upcoming presentations:

  • September 15-17, 2017: Weighted scalar constraints capture the typology of loanword adaptation (with Karen Jesney). AMP 2017, NYU.

Recently published:

  • Hsu, Brian. 2017. Verb second and its deviations: an argument for Feature Scattering in the left periphery. Glossa 2(1): 35. DOI:
  • Hsu, Brian and Karen Jesney. 2017. Loanword Adaptation in Québec French: Evidence for Weighted Scalar Constraints. In Proceedings of WCCFL 34. [available online]