My research is focused on various syntactic topics within Chomskyan
theoretical framework. I
have worked extensively on word order and scrambling, the interaction of the
syntax and discourse
(focus and topic), the syntax, semantics and morphology of complex predicate
complex DPs (including relative clauses), among some other topics. My
includes control constructions, ellipsis, and the syntax and semantics of
complex predicates in
various Iranian languages.
PI, NSF grant: A descriptive and theoretical analysis of complex predicates
Languages. Co PIs: Heidi Harley, Andrew Carnie. July 1, 2015-December 31,
Korn, Agnes, Geoffrey Haig, Simin Karimi, Pollett Samveilan (eds) (2011) Issues
Iranian Linguistics, Reichert
Lewis, Will, Simin Karimi, Heidi Harley, Scott Farrar (eds) (2009) Time
Theoretical Perspectives and Formal
Linguistics. John Benjamins Publishing.
Karimi, Simin, Vida Samiian, Don Stilo (eds) (2008) Aspects of Iranian
Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Karimi, Simin, Vida Samiian, Wendy Wilkins (eds) (2007) Clausal and
syntactic derivation and interpretation.
John Benjamins Publishing.
Karimi, Simin (2005) A Minimalist Approach to Scrambling: Evidence from
Karimi, Simin, (ed) (2003) Word Order and Scrambling, Blackwell
Karimi, Simin, Guest Editor of a special issue on Complex Predicates for
the Journal Lingua,
Barss, Andrew, Andrew Carnie, Heidi Harley, and Simin Karimi (contracted). Introduction
Minimalist Syntax. Oxford:
Blackwell (contracted publication). (textbook)
Karimi, Simin and Michael Brame (2012) 'A Generalization Concerning the
EZAFE Construction in Persian. Linguistics
Karimi, Simin (2009) Review of Gema Chocano's Narrow Syntax and
John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2007, in
Karimi, Simin (2008) 'Scrambling', Language and Linguistics Compass (solicited)
Karimi, S. 'Raising and control in Persian,' (2008) In Aspects of
S. Karimi, V. Samiian, and D. Stilo (eds).
Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Karimi, Simin & Azita Taleghani (2007) 'Wh-movement, interpretation, and
Persian, In Karimi, S., V. Samiian, W.
Wilkins (eds). Clausal and phrasal
Folli, Raffaella; Heidi Harley, Simin Karimi (2005) 'Determinants of event
type in Persian
architecture: syntactic derivation and interpretation. PP 167-187.
complex predicated,' Lingua 115:
Karimi, Simin (2005) 'Farsi,' in The Fitzroy Dearborn Encyclopedia of
Fitzroy Dearborn. Solicited.
Karimi, Simin (2003a) 'Focus Movement and Uninterpretable Features,' in A.
Carnie, H. Harley,
and M. Willie (eds) Formal Approaches
to Function in Grammar. Festschrift
Karimi, Simin (2003b) 'Introduction,' in Karimi, S. (ed) Word Order and
for Eloise Jelinek, John Benjamins Publishing. PP 291-306 solicited.
Blackwell Publishing. PP 91-125.
Karimi, Simin (2003c) 'Object Positions, Specificity and Scrambling,' in
Karimi, S. (ed)
Word Order and Scrambling, Blackwell
Publishing. PP 91-125.
Karimi, Simin (2001) 'Persian Complex DPs: How Mysterious Are They?' Canadian
of Linguistics 46:63-96.
Work in Progress
Karimi, Simin Complex Predicates in Iranian Languages
Invited: Karimi, S. 'Persian Syntax.' To appear in Anousha Sedighi and
(eds) Handbook of Iranian Linguistics,
Oxford University Press.
Karimi, S. 'Marked and Unmarked Object: DP or NP?' Paper to be presented at
Linguistica Europaea, 2-5 September 2015,
Karimi, S, Greg Key and Deniz Tat 'Contrast in Focus: Persian and Turkish
constructions,' under review.
Karimi, S, Ryan Smith 'The mystery of Persian --rÔ.' Submitted to a journal.
Sato, Yokuke and Simin Karimi 'Argument Ellipsis in Persian and Inhibitory
Karimi, S. and Y. Sato 'Arbitrary Control.' In progress.
Karimi, S. and Azita Taleghani 'Does passive exist in Persian?' In progress.
Karimi, S. and J. Punske DP versus NP and Scrambling: A reply to Boskovic,
to be submitted
to a journal.
Invited Guest Editor
Karimi, Simin and Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini. Parameters: What are
they? Where are they?
For the journal Linguistic Analysis.
Expected publication: Fall 2016.