Which preposition would be the right one to use in this context?

"I have published a number of papers in/on theoretical syntax."

Is there a meaning difference?

  • Don't you want to use "about?" – Jan May 4 '19 at 14:44
  • Can I use "about" if the papers are about a topic within the field of theoretical syntax? – michnguyen May 4 '19 at 15:30
  • Yes, why not. You can also use "on." When you use "in" it usually means where you have published them. Google "published papers on" and "published papers in" (with quotes) and you'll see. – Jan May 4 '19 at 15:37
  • If you use in, that means that it was written not in English but in the language of theoretical syntax. (What that would look like, I have no idea.) I wrote a book in French, for instance. – Jason Bassford May 4 '19 at 16:17

A paper is on a particular subject, but in a particular field.

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