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You are here: Home / People / Frances Blanchette

Frances Blanchette

Frances Blanchette

Assistant Director, Center for Language Science

Assistant Research Professor, Department of Psychology

Branch Coordinator, Bilingualism Matters @ Penn State

111 Moore Building
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 863-7392


Research Interests:

My core linguistics research applies theoretical and experimental methods to explore structure, meaning, and sound in natural language. Visit my Linguistics Research page for more information and links to papers.

Recent Publications:

Blanchette, Frances, Paul Reed, Erin Flannery, & Carrie Jackson. 2020. Linguistic diversity in Appalachia: The case of Negative Auxiliary Inversion. American Speech 95: 297-320. (available online here)

Blanchette, Frances & Cynthia Lukyanenko. 2019. Asymmetries in the acceptability and felicity of English negative dependencies: Where Negative Concord and Negative Polarity (Do Not) Overlap. Frontiers in Psychology. (available online here)

Blanchette, Frances & Cynthia Lukyanenko. 2019. Unacceptable grammars? An eye-tracking study of English Negative Concord. Language and Cognition. (available online here)

Blanchette, Frances & Chris Collins. 2018. On the subject of negative auxiliary inversion. The Canadian Journal of Linguistics 64: 1-30. 

Blanchette, Frances, Marianna Nadeu, Jeremy Yeaton, and Viviane Deprez. 2018. English Negative Concord and Double Negation: The Division of Labor between Syntax and Pragmatics. In Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America.

Blanchette, Frances & Marianna Nadeu. 2018. Prosody and the meanings of English negative indefinites. Journal of Pragmatics 129: 123-139. 

Blanchette, Frances. 2017. Micro-syntactic variation in English Negative Concord. Glossa: A journal of general linguistics 2: 1-32. 

Blanchette, Frances. 2016. Subject-object asymmetries in the acceptability of English sentences with two negatives. University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics 22: 41-50.

Blanchette, Frances. 2016. English Negative Concord and Double Negation: Applying the framework of Collins and Postal 2014. In NELS 46: Proceedings of the Forty-Sixth Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society: Volume 1, eds. Christopher Hammerly & Brandon Pickett, 107­–122. Amherst, MA: Graduate Linguistics Student Association (GLSA).

Blanchette, Frances. 2013. Negative Concord in English.  Linguistic Variation 13: 1–47.