Martha McGinnis-Archibald received her B.A. and M.A. in Linguistics from the University of Toronto, and her Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1998. She then held a SSHRC postdoc at the Linguistics Department and the Institute for Research in Cognitive Science at the University of Pennsylvania. She worked at the University of Calgary for eleven years before coming to the University of Victoria in 2010. She has been an Associate Editor of the journal Linguistic Inquiry since 2006. She was the Secretary of the Canadian Linguistic Association from 2001-2008 and has been the moderator of the Distributed Morphology e-mail list since 1999. She has held a SSHRC Standard Research Grant on the syntax of movement and binding, and has produced two marvellous daughters.
Her research is primarily in syntax, particularly the interaction between binding and syntactic movement. She has also explored the syntax of applicatives, the morphological representation of person, and the interpretation of idioms. Her central expertise is in Minimalist syntactic theory and the theory of Distributed Morphology. She is also interested in language acquisition, language and mind, psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, and fictional languages. She has investigated many languages, including Albanian, Chichewa, English, French, German, Georgian, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Kinyarwanda, Korean, Navajo, Ojibwe, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, and Yoruba — and is enthusiastic to learn more about languages spoken in the Victoria area.