Here are some representative publications in my main areas of interest. (For a full list, please see my CV.)


Whelpton, M., Trotter, D., Beck, Þ.G., Anderson, C., Maling, J., Durvasula, K., Beretta, A. 2014. Portions and sorts in Icelandic: An ERP study. Brain and Language 136, 44-57. doi:10.1016/j.bandl.2014.07.008

Semantic Categories

Whelpton, M., Guðmundsdóttir Beck, þórhalla, & Jordan, F. M. 2015. “The semantics and morphology of household container names in Icelandic and Dutch”. Language Sciences, 49, 67-81.
Berthele, R., Whelpton, M., Næss, Å., & Duijff, P. 2015. “Static spatial descriptions in five Germanic languages”. Language Sciences, 49, 82-101.
Vejdemo, S., Levisen, C., van Scherpenberg, C., Guðmundsdóttir Beck, þórhalla, Næss, Å., Zimmermann, M., & Whelpton, M. 2015. “Two kinds of pink: development and difference in Germanic colour semantics”. Language Sciences, 49, 19-34.

Linguistic Theory

Whelpton, M. 2013. “Chomsky: Hostile to Semantics?”. In Höskuldur Þráinsson & Matthew Whelpton (eds), Chomsky: Mál, sál og samfélag, pages 173-195. Reykjavík: Hugvísindastonfun og Háskólaútgáfun.
Whepton, M. 2012. Hugræn merkingarfræði og útkomusetningar [Cognitive semantics and resultatives; translation: Þórhallur Eyþórsson]. Ritið 12 (3):145-162.
Whepton, M. 2012. Going Is Not Becoming: Some Comments on the Resultative in English (and Icelandic). Milli mála 4:151-177.
Whelpton, M. 2010. Building Resultatives in Icelandic. In Raffaella Folli & Christiane Ulbrich (eds), Interfaces in Linguistics: New Research Perspectives, pages 96-115. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Whelpton, M. 2006. Now what did you do that for? - Some comments on purpose infinitives and event teleology. In Haraldur Bernharðsson et al. (eds), Hugvísindaþing 2005: Erindi af ráðstefnu Hugvísindadeildar og Guðfræðideildar Háskóla Íslands 18. nóvember 2005, p. 209-222. Reykjavik, Iceland: Hugvísindastofnun Háskóla Íslands.
Whelpton, M. 2002. Locality and control with infinitives of result. Natural Language Semantics 10:1-44.
Whelpton, M. 2001. Elucidation of a telic infinitive. Journal of Linguistics 37:313-337.

Language Technology

Nikulásdóttir, A. & Whelpton, M. 2010. Lexicon Acquisition through Noun Clustering, LexicoNordica 17: 141-161.
Nikulásdóttir, A. & Whelpton, M. 2010. Extraction of Semantic Relations as a Basis for a Future Semantic Database for Icelandic. In Proceedings of 7th SaLTMiL Workshop on Creation and Use of Basic Lexical Resources for Less-Resourced Languages (Workshop 22 of 7th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference), pages 33-39. Valletta, Malta. 23rd May 2010.
Nikulásdóttir, A. & Whelpton, M. 2009.  Automatic Extraction of Semantic Relations For Less-Resourced Languages. In K. Jokinen & E. Bick (eds) Proceedings of the 17th Nordic Conference of Computational Linguistics NODALIDA 2009 (NEALT PROCEEDINGS SERIES VOL. 4). May 14-16, 2009. Odense, Denmark.
Whelpton, M. 2006. Argument Structure - For Mental Dictionaries Only? Orð og tunga 8: 45-57.

Distance Learning

Whelpton, M. 2008. The Covcell Project - Open-Source Tools for Moodle in Support of Social Constructivist Learning. In B. Arnbjörnsdóttir & M. Whelpton (eds), Open Source in Education and Language Learning Online. Reykjavík: Háskólaútgáfan.
Whelpton, M. 2007. Distance Learning at the Department of English, University of Iceland, and the COVCELL Project. In Birna Arnbjörnsdóttir & Hafdís Ingvarsdóttir (eds.), Teaching and Learning English in Iceland. Pages 229-248. Reykjavík, Iceland: Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute of Foreign Languages.
Whelpton, M. 2007. Language Learning Online - A Report on the Covcell Project and the Use of Moodle. Málfríður 23.1: 23-31.