Department of Linguistics University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Jonathan E. MacDonald

Associate Professor of Linguistics
Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese

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Research Interests

Syntax, English, Romance Languages, Reflexives, Inner Aspect, Language Variation



Romance Languages


Inner Aspect

Language Variation



  • The syntactic nature of inner aspect: A minimalist perspective. John Benjamins, 2008.

Journal Articles

  • "Spanish Aspectual se as an indirect object reflexive." Probus (2016):
  • MacDonald, Jonathan E. "The phrase structure of phase verbs: An initial contrastive analysis of English and Russian." Acta Lingüística Hungarica 58.3 (2011):
  • MacDonald, Jonathan E., and Barbara Ürögdi. "Against stativizing negation, expletive negation and NPI-until." Acta Lingüística Hungarica 58.3 (2011):
  • "Syntax and Aspect: The aspectual influence of the noun phrase: (a)telicity, (a)symmetry, incrementality and universality." Language and Linguistics Compass (2010): <>.
  • "Domain of aspectual interpretation." Linguistic Inquiry (2008):

Book Contributions

  • "Extended projections of V: aspect." Contemporary Linguistic Parameters . 2015.
  • " A case of multiple Agree: Accusative, not Dative se." Romance Linguistics 2012. Selected papers from the 42nd Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages. 2015.
  • Brucart, José María, and Jonathan E. MacDonald. "Empty Categories and Ellipsis." The Handbook of Hispanic Linguistics. Comp. A. Olarrea and E. O'Rourke. Ed. J.I. Hualde. Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.
  • de Cuba, Carlos, and Jonathan E. MacDonald. "Referentiality in Spanish CPs." Agreement, Information Structure and the CP. Ed. V. Camacho-Toboada and A. Jiménez-Fernández. John Benjamins, 2012.
  • MacDonald, Jonathan E., and Susana Huidobro. "The Lack of Spanish Non-Argumental Clitic Doubling." Selected Proceedings of the 12th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium. Cascadilla, 2010. <>.
  • "Minimalist variability in the verb phrase." Argument Structure and Syntactic Relations from a Cross-Linguistic Perspective. John Benjamins, 2010.
  • MacDonald, Jonathan E., and Angelina Markova. "Bulgarian and Variation in Inner Aspect." Current Issues in Formal Slavic Linguistics. Peter Lang, 2010.