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Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Syntax-Semantics Reading Group
Spring 2007

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

Meetings this semester are on Thursdays from 3:00 - 4:30 PM in 36-372 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.

February 15

Luis Alonso-Ovalle and Paula Menéndez-Benito will be presenting the following paper:

Gennaro Chierchia (2006) "Broaden Your Views: Implicatures of Domain Widening and the ‘‘Logicality’’ of Language." Linguistic Inquiry 37: 535–590. [prefinal draft, final version]

March 1

Alan Bale will present his work on comparatives:
Gradable Adjectives, Compounded Scales, Conjunction and Structured Meanings

March 6

*** TIME AND ROOM CHANGE: 12:30-2PM in 32-D461 ***
Roni Katzir will lead the preparatory session for David Embick's colloquium talk.

We will be reading the following paper:
David Embick and Alec Marantz (2006) Architecture and Blocking.

March 8

Ezra Keshet will be presenting Kusumoto's work on tense.

Kiyomi Kusumoto (2005) "On the Quantification over Times in Natural Language." Natural Language Semantics 13: 317-357. [paper]

March 15

Shigeru Miyagawa will lead the preparatory session for Mark Baker colloquium.

April 12

Jessica Coon will give a talk entitled "VOS as Predicate Raising in Chol Mayan."

April 19

WCCFL practice talks by Asaf Bachrach, Roni Katzir and Ezra Keshet.

April 26

Luka Crnic will give a talk. Title TBA