Currently the chair of the Cognitive Science department at Johns Hopkins University, Burzio is an important researcher in the field of syntax and theoretical linguistics. His primary interests include theoretical phonology, morphology, and syntax as well as the general study of Romance Linguistics. He received his PhD in Linguistics and Philosophy from MIT in 1981 and has gone on to publish Principles of English Stress (1994) as well as numerous articles and chapters. In his book, Burzio offers radically new solutions to a number of traditional problems of English morpho-phonology (divi:ne/divinity) through a constraint-based approach to word formation. He is probably most famous for his work on case marking and the argument structure of verbs.