"We have to learn about the conditions that set the problem in the course of trying to solve it."
(Noam Chomsky, 2008, On Phases, p.135)

Books & Papers

Books & Papers


UPDATED ON Oct 12, 2015!

For the complete list of research papers, please see my Curriculum Vitae.





  • Narita, Hiroki (2015). *{t, t}. In Ulrike Steindl, Thomas Borer, Huilin Fang,
    Alfredo García Pardo, Peter Guekguezian, Brian Hsu, Charlie OʼHara, and Iris Chuoying Ouyang, eds., Proceedings of the 32nd West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics, 286-295. (published version)


  • Huang, C.-T. James, and Hiroki Narita (2015). Movement Theory and Constraints in Syntax. In James D. Wright et al., eds., International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences (2nd Edition), Vol. 16: 1-7. Oxford: Elsevier.
  • Narita, Hiroki (2014). Endocentric Structuring of Projection-free Syntax. John
    Benjamins. (Amazon.com)

    “This fascinating inquiry covers a wide range of problems, many of which have received intensive study, others that open new directions. It proceeds with careful and perceptive analysis and provides original and challenging solutions and new ideas. It is a very welcome contribution that is sure to be deservedly influential.”
    — Noam Chomsky, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    “Narita makes a bold proposal to derive the endocentric properties of natural language sentence structure from a theory that is truly exemplary of the spirit of minimalism. A must-read for anyone wishing to keep abreast of the latest developments in the art of doing theoretical syntax.”
    — C.-T. James Huang, Harvard University

    “Hiroki Narita is one of the most promising theoretical syntacticians in younger generations, and Endocentric Structuring of Projection-free Syntax eloquently tells us why he should be so described. Along the lines of Chomsky’s most recent ideas of divorcing projection/labeling from the principles of construction of linguistic expressions, the book investigates in detail various essential properties of structure-building in human language, and makes a number of stimulating proposals within the projection-free system of syntax in conjunction with the law of minimal computation. Quite an impressive piece of work.”
    — Naoki Fukui, Sophia University, Tokyo

    “ Endocentric Structuring of Projection-free Syntax is an example of theoretical syntax at its best. Narita pushes the limits of our understanding of labeling and merge, shedding light on core aspects of the human language faculty. This book demonstrates the power of minimalist considerations.”
    — Cedric Boeckx, ICREA/Universitat de Barcelona

  • Kato, Takaomi, Masakazu Kuno, Hiroki Narita, Mihoko Zushi, and Naoki Fukui
    (2014). Generalized Search and Cyclic Derivation by Phase: A Preliminary Study. Sophia Linguistica 61: 203-222.
  • 成田広樹・飯島和樹・酒井邦嘉 (2014). 人間言語の基礎は複雑なのか? BRAIN and NERVE, 66(3): 276-279. (non-final version)
  • Fukui, Naoki, and Hiroki Narita (2014). Merge, Labeling, and Projection. In
    Andrew Carnie, Dan Siddiqi, and Yosuke Sato, eds., Routledge Handbook of Syntax. London: Routledge. pp.3-23.


  • Narita, Hiroki, Takaomi Kato, and Mihoko Zushi (2013). A Tangled Web of
    Biolinguistic Questions: Review of Anna Maria Di Sciullo and Cedric Boeckx, eds. (2011) The Biolinguistic Enterprise: New Perspectives on the Evolution and Nature of the Human Language Faculty (Oxford Studies in Biolinguistics), Oxford University Press. English Linguistics 30(2): 780-791.
  • Samuels, Bridget, and Hiroki Narita (2013). Phasing Out Projection: Considerations from the Syntax-Phonology Interface. Linguistic Analysis 38(3-4): 357-391. (published version)


  • Narita, Hiroki (2012). Phase cycles in service of projection-free syntax. In Angel J. Gallego, ed., Phases: developing the framework, pp. 125-172. (non-final version)
  • Narita, Hiroki (2012). Head-detection, Phases, and the Complementarity of XP- v.s. Xo-movement. In Koichi Otaki, Hajime Takeyasu, and Shin-ichi Tanigawa, eds., Online Proceedings of GLOW in Asia Workshop for Young Scholars 2011, pp. 232-246. (Link to the PDF)



  • Narita, Hiroki (2010). The tension between explanatory and biological adequacy. A review of Naoki Fukui’s (2006) Theoretical Comparative Syntax: Studies in Macroparameters (non-final version). Lingua 120:1313-1323.


  • Narita, Hiroki (2009). The naturalist program for neo-Cartesian biolinguistics. In Takahito Shinya and Ako Imaoka, eds., Proceedings of the 24th Annual Meeting of the Sophia University Linguistic Society. pp. 55-91. [the final version with footnotes] Based on the talk I presented at the 24th Annual Meeting of the Sophia University Linguistics Society under the title “Five reasons for naturalizing meaning”.
  • Narita, Hiroki (2009). Unbounded iteration in coordination and the copy theory of movement. Poster presented at ConSOLE XVIII, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB), December 17th-19th, 2009.
  • Narita, Hiroki, and Bridget Samuels (2009). The H-α schema and phonological ph(r)asing. Paper presented at the Formal Approaches to the Phonology-Morphology-Syntax Interfaces workshop at ConSOLE XVIII, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB), December 16th, 2009. (Handout PDF)
  • Lohndal, Terje, and Hiroki Narita (2009). Internalism as methodology. Biolinguistics, 3(4):321-331.
  • Narita, Hiroki (2009). Full Interpretation of Optimal Labeling. Biolinguistics, 3(2-3):213-254.
  • Narita, Hiroki (2009). How Syntax Naturalizes Semantics. A review of Juan Uriagereka’s (2008) Syntactic Anchors: On Semantic Structuring. Lingua 119(11):1767-1775. (Non-final version)
  • 成田 広樹 (2009). 《回帰を巡る国際会議》報告. 月刊言語九月号 収録. Recursion Conferenceの大会報告. (初稿)
  • Narita, Hiroki (2009). Multiple Transfer in service of recursive Merge. Paper presented at the 32nd GLOW Colloquium, April 15th-18th, 2009. Abstract published in GLOW Newsletter #62, 89-91.




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