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MIT Linguistics: Department of Linguistics & Philosophy

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Syntax-Semantics Reading Group
Fall 2006

The Syntax-Semantics Reading Group is a weekly discussion group on syntax, semantics and their interface.

Meetings this semester are on Wednesdays from 1:30 - 3:00 PM in 32-D461 (please, notice the change of time).

Meetings and changes in the schedule are announced by email to interested people. If you want to receive the email announcements, want to present something, give a practice talk, or have any other comments about the Syntax-Semantics Reading Group, email

Feel free to suggest a reading you would like to present.

September 7 and September 8 (Thursday and Friday)

two sessions of practise talks for Sinn und Bedeutung 11

Session I (Thursday; joined meeting with Ling-Lunch) (12-1:30PM, 32-D461):
Tamina Stephenson: A Parallel Account of Epistemic Modals and Predicates of Personal Taste

Session II (Friday; 3-4:30PM, 32-D461):
Márta Abrusán: Two Remarks on Domain Widening
Asaf Bachrach and Roni Katzir: Spelling out QR

September 20

no meeting

September 27

no meeting

October 4

no meeting

October 11

no meeting

October 18

no meeting

October 25

Emmanuel Chemla: Experimental data and universal presuppositions

November 1

Jessica Coon on Chol syntax; reading TBA

November 10 (Friday)

*** TIME CHANGE: 3-4:30PM ***
Fuzhen Si (Beijing Language and Culture University): Syntax of Chinese “si”

November 15

*** TIME AND ROOM CHANGE: 2:45-4:00PM in 4-253 ***
Raj Singh will present the following paper:
Geurts, Bart. (1996). Local Satisaction Guaranteed. Linguistics and Philosophy 19, 259-294.

November 22

Patrick Grosz will present the following paper:
Zimmermann, Malte (2004): Discourse Particles in the Left Periphery, In Shaer, Benjamin / Frey, Werner / Maienborn, Claudia (eds.): Proceedings of the Dislocated Elements Workshop, ZAS Berlin, November 2003. ZAS Papers in Linguistics 35, 543-566.

November 29

Jonah Katz will lead a preparation session for a colloquium talk by Susi Wurmbrand. Background reading: Wurmbrand, S. 2006. Infinitives are tenseless. In Proceedings of the 30th Annual Penn Linguistics Colloquium. Penn Working Papers in Linguistics 13.1.

December 6

Dong-Whee Yang: The Phasal Movement Hypothesis, D-Effect Freezing, and the Optimality of Grammar