Ur Shlonsky is Professeur ordinaire at the Université de Genève. His main area of interest is syntactic theory and comparative syntax. He has studied various aspects of the syntax of Semitic languages, particularly of Modern Hebrew, e.g., clause structure, null subjects, the form and syntax of nominal expressions, relative clauses and resumptive pronouns.
Shlonsky also worked on Romance languages and Romance dialectology and have written on topics such as cliticization, wh-movement and restructuring.
More recently, Shlonsky has become interested in wh-in-situ phenomena and am currently involved in a research project on French wh-in-situ.
Focus Movement in the "low" IP area and some of its consequences
I would like to explore the idea that focus interpretation in the “low” (vP-edgish) region of the clause (in e.g., various types of “inversion”,) is driven by the syntactic computational system and not vice versa.