|Fields||Syntax, Generative grammar|
|Institutions||New York University, CUNY, University of Paris VIII|
|Alma mater||MIT, Columbia College|
|Doctoral advisor||John R. Ross|
After receiving an A.B. in mathematics from Columbia College, New York City in 1964, he studied linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, receiving his Ph.D. in 1969. He then taught at the University of Paris VIII (1969–1986), MIT (1986–1988) and the City University of New York (1988–1997), becoming Professor at New York University in 1997.
He has made prominent contributions to the study of the syntax of English and the Romance languages within the framework of transformational grammar. His theory of Antisymmetry has become part of the canon of the Minimalist syntax literature.
- Kayne, Richard S. (1994). The Antisymmetry of Syntax (Linguistic Inquiry Monograph 25). MIT Press.