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MIT Linguistics: Department of Linguistics & Philosophy

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Syntax-Semantics Reading Group
Fall 2007

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

Meetings this semester are on Mondays from 11:30AM - 1:00PM in room 4-153 unless otherwise noted.

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 or see presented.

September 17

Ezra Keshet and Yasutada Sudo will give practice talks for Sinn und Bedeutung:

Ezra Keshet: Infinitival Complements and Tense
Yasutada Sudo: Quantification into Quotations: Evidence from Japanese wh-doublets

September 24

Holiday -- no meeting.

October 1

Junri Shimada will give a presentation:
"A New Model of Head Movement: Head Movement as QR."

October 8

Holiday -- no meeting.

October 10 (Wednesday)

Friederike Moltmann (Université Paris 1) will give a presentation:
"Degree Structure as Trope Structure."
Note the different time on Oct.10: 9:00-10:30AM (in room 26-322)

October 11 (Thursday)

Marcus Kracht (UCLA) will give a presentation.
Title TBA.
Note the different time on Oct.11: 5:00-6:30PM (in room 26-322)

October 15

Jessica Coon, and Shoichi Takahashi & Sarah Hulsey will give practice talks for NELS:

Jessica Coon: Interrogative Possessors and the Problem with Pied-Piping in Chol Mayan
Shoichi Takahashi & Sarah Hulsey: Wholesale Late Merger

October 22

Omer Preminger will give a presentation.
Title TBA.

October 29

Robert Truswell (Tufts) will give a presentation.
Title TBA.

November 5


November 12

Holiday -- no meeting.

November 19

Ezra Keshet will give a presentation.
Title TBA.

November 26


December 3

Elena Benedicto will give a presentation:
"Verbal classifiers crosslinguistically."

December 10

Kai von Fintel will give a presentation: "Must ... Stay ... Strong!"