Syntax-Semantics Reading Group
Spring 2012

The primary aim of LFRG is to give you an opportunity to have informal discussions of your own and other people's ideas without having to worry about saying something wrong. Thus, practice talks and presentations of works in progress (or in regress) or papers that you find interesting are especially welcome.

The range of possible topics include semantics, syntax, their interface, and whatnot having a connection to either syntax or semantics. The idea is that a lot of research does not fit into the straight jacket of a narrow area - though it is by no means required to have any interdisciplinary interests to attend LFRG.

Meetings this semester are Thursdays 10-11:30am, and are held in room 32-D831.

There are basically four main kinds of meetings: 1) presentations of one's own work, including in progress and in regress; 2) a genuine reading group meeting: everyone reads, or at least browses, some interesting paper, and we discuss it; 3) a tutorial-like meeting where the persons in charge tell everyone something about not so widely known things - like cool experimental techniques, math tools, new empirical results, etc., and then optionally people say what they think about that; and 4) brainstorming sessions: the persons in charge provide a topic and the necessary background, and the point is to generate some ideas about what one can do about the topic.

Meetings and changes in the schedule are announced here and by email to interested people. If you want to receive the email announcements, want to be in charge of a meeting, or have any other comments about the Syntax-Semantics Reading Group, email Igor Yanovich or Yasutada Sudo. An incomplete list of previous meetings: Fall 2011 Spring 2011 Fall 2010 Spring 2010 Fall 2009, Spring 2009, Fall 2008, Spring 2008, Fall 2007, Spring 2007, Fall 2006.

Claiming an LFRG slot is not scary at all - so don't hesitate to do that!

March 1:

Ayaka Sugawara
The English suffix -ish as a degree head

March 8:

Guillaume Thomas
Mbyá tense

March 15:

Sarah Ouwayda (USC)
The Mass-Like Behavior of Plurals of Mass

March 20, 10:00AM-11:30AM in 66-168:

Alex Silk (University of Michigan/MIT)
Information-Sensitivity in Deontic ‘Ought’ and ‘Must’

March 22:

Speaker: Mitcho Erlewine
Association with traces and the copy theory of movement (practice talk for GLOW)

April 5:

Wataru Uegaki
Japanese alternative questions are matrix disjunctions of Q-marked clauses

April 12:

Igor Yanovich
Modal hopes and fears: A diachronic study

April 26:

Nadine Bade (Harvard, Tübingen)
Obligatory Presuppositions and Exhaustive Interpretation

May 1, Tuesday 10-11:30am in 56-180:

Anastasia Smirnova (Tufts University)
Evidentiality in Bulgarian: epistemic modality and temporal relations

May 3:

Natalia Ivlieva & Sam Alxatib

May 8, 11-1pm in 32-144:

Noah Constant (UMass)
Witnessable Quantifiers License Type-e Meaning: Evidence from CT, Equatives and Supplements (pdf)

May 10:

Yasutada Sudo
Gender Presuppositions and Anaphora in Quantified Sentences