Elly van Gelderen is a syntactician interested in language change. Her work shows how regular syntactic change (grammaticalization and the linguistic cycle) provides insight in the Faculty of Language. Her 2011 book, "The Linguistic Cycle: Language Change and the Language Faculty" (Oxford University Press) shows how cyclical change can be accounted for through an economy principle. Her "Clause Structure" (Cambridge University Press, 2013) examines a number of current debates in theoretical syntax. She is currently working on the history of argument structure, e.g. how unaccusatives and unergatives change in very different directions in "The Diachrony of Meaning" (Routledge 2018). Related interests are the evolution of language, biolinguistics, prescriptivism, authorship debates, forensic linguistics, and code switching.
Elly van Gelderen is the author of 11 books, 9 edited volumes, and 100 or so articles/chapters in journals such as Linguistic Analysis, Studia Linguistica, Word, and Linguistic Inquiry. She has taught at ASU since 1995.