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Date

Tue Oct 21, 2014

Time

12:30 PM - 01:45 PM


			

Location

MIT 32-D461

Category

Lectures

Title

A long distance subject/object extraction

Description

Syntax Square:
There are a number of ditransitive verbs that are able to take both a DP and a CP complement. A subset of these verbs exhibit an interesting asymmetry: long distance object extraction of a DP is grammatical, whereas long distance subject extraction of a DP is ungrammatical, even when licensing conditions for long distance subject extraction are fulfilled. Examples of ungrammatical subject extraction are given below. (1) a.* Who did we convince them [ __ sighted Bigfoot]? b.* Who did they persuade themselves [ __ should move to Canada]? c.* What did they assure each other [ __ has sunk]? Previous accounts of this [Stowell (1981), Bošković and Lasnik (2003)] attribute this ungrammaticality to licensing conditions for elements moved out of subject position. We take a different approach. We show that this ungrammaticality obtains only in cases where the extracted subject is a DP. We give evidence from two tests which suggest that the matrix subject of these verbs originates below [spec,vP]. Putting these two together, we argue that the ungrammaticality of sentences like (1) is the result of an intervention effect. The movement of a DP containing a wh-word to [spec,vP] creates a structure where T is unable to Agree with the low subject, the moved DP acting as an intervener. We propose that there is a structural difference between long distance subject movement and long distance object movement. Long distance subject movement involves movement of a subject from the CP to matrix [spec,vP]. Long distance object movement involves two steps: movement of the CP to [spec,vP], and subextraction of the object DP from the CP. Crucially, long distance object movement does not create the asymmetric c-command relationship between two syntactic objects of the same type which characterizes intervention effects.

Speaker(s)

Kenyon Branan (MIT)

Date

Wed Oct 22, 2014

Time

06:00 PM


			

Location

CAS Room 211

Category

Undergraduate events

Title

Inventing the Klingons

Description

Like food and ideas? Join us for pizza, drinks, and a talk by Professors Sasha Nikolaev and Jay Samons on the development of the Klingon language and the role of Klingons as the 'other' in galactic politics. Following the lecture, we'll enjoy a screening of the classic TNG episode "Reunion."

Speaker(s)

Sasha Nikolaev (Boston University)

Jay Samons (Boston University)

Date

Thu Oct 23, 2014

Time

12:30 PM - 01:45 PM


			

Location

MIT Room 32-D461

Category

Lectures

Title

On acquisition of “only”: Question-Answer congruence and scalar presuppositions

Description

MIT Ling-Lunch:
This talk looks at the semantics of exceptive expressions like but and other than. Building on insights in Gajewski (2008, 2013), I pursue an analysis of exceptives as sharing a common semantic core: a form of subtraction. But in (1) takes John as its argument and returns the set of all entities (atomic or plural) which do not include John. The resultant meaning composes with students by Predicate Modification, yielding the set of students not including John. This set is the restrictor of every. (1) Every student but John came. I will argue for an analysis of but as obligatorily strengthened by the Exh operator of Fox (2007). Exh is responsible for deriving the entailment in (1) that John did not come. The literature (in particular, Gajewski 2013) has pursued this approach, but with additional complications, which I will argue are avoidable. I will show how the analysis extends to account for further empirical puzzles, in particular the incompatibility of exceptives with both, all when there is a numeral present (Moltmann 1993), and singular definites. Each expression in (2) introduces a presupposition about the size of its restrictor: the presupposes uniqueness, both presupposes duality, and all six presupposes a cardinality of six. I will argue that presuppositions project universally out of alternatives over which Exh quantifies, and that the result is presupposition conflict in each of (2a-c). (2) a. *Both students but John came. b. *All six students but John came. c. *The student but John came. Finally, I will show that the analysis sheds light on the typology of exceptives. But and other than are both a spell-out of the subtraction operator. The dimension on which they differ is that the but allomorph can only occur with Exh, while other than can occur with or without Exh. The availability of a parse without Exh will account for the freer distribution of other than than but and its fewer entailments: (3) Some student other than/*but John came. (John could have come also, or not.)

Speaker(s)

Aron Hirsch (MIT)

Date

Thu Oct 23, 2014

Time

05:30 PM - 07:00 PM


			

Location

MIT 32-D461

Category

Lectures

Title

Mention-Some Readings of Indirect Questions: from Experiments to Formalizations

Description

In this talk, I look for experimental clues and propose a schematized analysis for the following three problems about mention-some (MS) readings of indirect questions. First, which type(s) of indirect questions admit MS readings? Second, is there any MS reading sensitive to false answers (FAs)? Third, are FAs equally bad? Based on the results of five TVJTs on ATurk and the reanalysis of Klinedinst & Rothschild’s (2011) raw data, I find that (i) MS readings are also supported by indirect MA-questions under predicates like tell; (ii) there is an MS reading sensitive to FAs, in parallel to the intermediately exhaustive reading; and (iii) FAs are not equally bad, in particular, over affirmation is relatively more acceptable than over deny in MA-questions, while over deny is relatively more acceptable than over affirmation in MS-questions.

Speaker(s)

Yimei Xiang (Harvard University)

Date

Fri Oct 24, 2014


			

Location

TBA

Category

Lectures

Title

TBA

Description

Harvard Circles Colloquium 2014-2015
(Details are subject to change)

Speaker(s)

Howard Lasnik (University of Maryland)

Date

Wed Oct 29, 2014

Time

07:30 PM


			

Location

College of General Studies, 871 Commonwealth Avenue, Jacob Sleeper Auditorium (Room 129)

Category

Lectures

Title

BLEEVA – A Narrative of Our Existence”

Description

In this groundbreaking presentation Benjamin Bahan, PhD (a distinguished alumnus of Boston University, SED 87, GRS 95) plays with the boundaries of genre, weaving together complex features of the oral tradition in order to address one of the fundamental questions of life…why are we here?
Bahan (Deaf himself) has a special twist on this question in that he asks, “Why are Deaf people here?” In this international tour, he has delighted and surprised audiences as they jump from lens to lens in order to truly appreciate the composition he has put together. This event, incorporating innovative approaches to narrative structure helps us to understand the amazing lengths we go to find our story and legitimize the important roles that each of us plays in this world.
Cost: FREE for All BU Affiliates and $10 Non-BU Affiliates (cash or checks will be taken at the door)

Speaker(s)

Benjamin Bahan (Gallaudet University)

Date

Thu Oct 30, 2014

Time

12:30 PM - 01:45 PM


			

Location

MIT Room 32-D461

Category

Lectures

Title

TBA

Description

MIT Ling-Lunch

Speaker(s)

Andreea Nicolae (ZAS Berlin)

Date

Thu Oct 30, 2014

Time

06:45 PM - 08:00 PM


			

Location

LSE (Life Sciences Building) - room B01

Category

Lectures

Title

"Of mice and (of) men: Phonological influences on the omissibility of French ‘de’ in coordination"

Description

Further details will be posted here soon.

Speaker(s)

Prof. Kie Zuraw (UCLA Department of Linguistics)

Sponsored by

Department of Romance Studies, Boston University

James Geddes Jr. Lecture Fund

BU undergraduate Linguistics Association

Date

Fri Oct 31, 2014 -
Sun Nov 02, 2014


			

Category

Conferences

Title

NELS 45

Description

The 45th annual meeting of the North East Linguistic Society

Date

Mon Nov 03, 2014


			

Location

MIT

Category

Lectures

Title

TBA

Description

MIT Phonology Circle

Speaker(s)

Gretchen Kern (MIT)

Date

Thu Nov 06, 2014

Time

12:30 PM - 01:45 PM


			

Location

MIT Room 32-D461

Category

Lectures

Title

TBA

Description

MIT Ling-Lunch

Speaker(s)

Paul Crowley (MIT)

Date

Thu Nov 06, 2014

Time

05:00 PM - 06:30 PM


			

Location

Harvard Observatorio, 2 Arrow Street, Cambridge

Category

Lectures

Title

Conversations in Observatorio. Carmen Silva- Corvalan: Bilingual Language Acquisition

Description

Two major patterns of language acquisition have been identified in studies of early bilingualism: simultaneous bilingualism and sequential bilingualism, but no agreement exists with respect to the age at which bilingual development would be considered to be sequential. Carmen Silva-Corvalan focuses on bilingual first language acquisition – that is, on the acquisition of two languages from birth, Spanish and English in this case. The overall goal is to examine whether bilingualism affects the course of development in each language. The report “The Acquisition of Spanish by third generation children” will be launched as a part of Informes del Observatorio / Observatorio Reports series.
A conversation with professors Daniel Erker (Boston University) and María Luisa Parra (Harvard University)
In English

Speaker(s)

Daniel Erker (Boston University)

María Luisa Parra (Harvard University)

Date

Fri Nov 07, 2014 -
Sun Nov 09, 2014


			

Location

96 Cummington Street, Room 244

Category

Conferences

Title

BUCLD 39

Description

THE 39th ANNUAL BOSTON UNIVERSITY CONFERENCE ON LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT

Date

Fri Nov 07, 2014

Time

03:30 PM - 05:00 PM


			

Location

MIT Room 32-141

Category

Lectures

Title

TBA

Description

MIT Colloquium

Speaker(s)

Klaus Abels (UCL)

Date

Mon Nov 10, 2014


			

Location

MIT

Category

Lectures

Title

TBA

Description

MIT Phonology Circle

Speaker(s)

Angela Carpenter (Wellesley College)

Date

Mon Nov 10, 2014


			

Location

TBA

Category

Workshops

Title

TBA

Description

Language Universals Workshop Fall 2014

Speaker(s)

Larry Hyman (Berkeley)

Date

Thu Nov 13, 2014

Time

12:30 PM - 01:45 PM


			

Location

MIT Room 32-D461

Category

Lectures

Title

TBA

Description

MIT Ling-Lunch

Speaker(s)

Isabelle Charnavel (Harvard)

Date

Fri Nov 14, 2014


			

Location

TBA

Category

Lectures

Title

TBA

Description

Harvard Circles Colloquium 2014-2015
(Details are subject to change)

Speaker(s)

Draga Zec (Cornell)

Date

Wed Nov 19, 2014

Time

07:00 PM - 08:30 PM


			

Location

KCB 101

Category

Lectures

Title

"Focusing on Reflexives"

Description

The second presentation in the new BULA-sponsored series, "Linguistics Faculty Spotlight."

Further details will be posted here soon.

Refreshments will be served.

Speaker(s)

Prof. Byron Ahn (Boston University)

Sponsored by

BULA

and the Department of Romance Studies/Linguistics Program

Date

Thu Nov 20, 2014

Time

12:30 PM - 01:45 PM


			

Location

MIT Room 32-D461

Category

Lectures

Title

TBA

Description

MIT Ling-Lunch

Speaker(s)

Loes Koring (Utrecht University)

Date

Fri Nov 21, 2014

Time

03:30 PM - 05:00 PM


			

Location

MIT Room 32-141

Category

Lectures

Title

TBA

Description

MIT Colloquium

Speaker(s)

Karlos Arregi (University of Chicago)

Date

Mon Dec 01, 2014


			

Location

MIT

Category

Lectures

Title

TBA

Description

MIT Phonology Circle

Speaker(s)

Donca Steriade (MIT)

Date

Thu Dec 04, 2014

Time

12:30 PM - 01:45 PM


			

Location

MIT Room 32-D461

Category

Lectures

Title

TBA

Description

MIT Ling-Lunch

Speaker(s)

Heidi Klockmann (Utrecht/MIT)

Date

Fri Dec 05, 2014

Time

03:30 PM - 05:00 PM


			

Location

MIT Room 32-141

Category

Lectures

Title

TBA

Description

MIT Colloquium

Speaker(s)

Nina Topintzi (University of Leipzig)

Date

Mon Dec 08, 2014


			

Location

MIT

Category

Lectures

Title

TBA

Description

MIT Phonology Circle

Speaker(s)

Adam Albright (MIT)

Date

Thu Dec 11, 2014

Time

12:30 PM - 01:45 PM


			

Location

MIT Room 32-D461

Category

Lectures

Title

TBA

Description

MIT Ling-Lunch

Speaker(s)

Coppe van Urk (MIT)

Date

Fri Dec 12, 2014

Time

03:30 PM - 05:00 PM


			

Location

MIT Room 32-141

Category

Lectures

Title

TBA

Description

MIT Colloquium

Speaker(s)

Tim Stowell (UCLA)

Date

Mon Dec 15, 2014


			

Location

MIT

Category

Lectures

Title

TBA

Description

MIT Phonology Circle

Speaker(s)

Sam Zukoff (MIT)

Date

Thu Dec 18, 2014

Time

12:30 PM - 01:45 PM


			

Location

MIT Room 32-D461

Category

Lectures

Title

TBA

Description

MIT Ling-Lunch

Speaker(s)

Aline Villavicencio (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul)

See also the
following links
for events at:

* MIT
* Harvard
* UMass (Amherst).