Talk by Johannes Mursell, Monday 16th 4-6 pm

We are very happy to announce the next last talk of this semester’s Syntax Colloquium, which will take place on Monday, Dezember 16, 4 – 6 pm in IG 4.301. Johannes Mursell will talk about „Association with focus in German“. Abstract: In this talk, I discuss association with focus in German, i.e. examples like (1), mostly with respect to possible adjunction sites of the focus sensitive particle nur ‘only’. (1) Peter hat nur MARIA ein Geschenk gegeben. I will argue that the strong claim of Büring and Hartmann (2001) (B&H), building on early work from Jacobs (1983), can be maintained, namely that in German, nur can only be adjoined to extended verbal projections (VP/vP, TP, CP). I will pay particular attention to two problematic cases from the literature. Starting with extraposed CPs (Reis, 2005), the behavior of which forced B&H to weaken their proposal significantly, followed by a discussion of reconstruction data (Smeets and Wagner, 2018), I will show that B&H’s approach can easily account for the data when combined with some...
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Phonology Colloquium: Nele Ots (Goethe Universität)

We are happy to announce the next talk in the phonology colloquium by Nele Ots (Goethe Universität): Title: Conceptual and linguistic influences on sentence intonation: evidence from English and Estonian languages Room: IG 4.301 Date: Wed 11.12.19 Time: 16-18 Abstract: Phonetic corpus studies have found that phrase-initial F0 peaks correlate with duration of intonation phrases, indicating that speakers are able to anticipate the length of their utterances already before the speech onset. The current view on sentence planning is that while conceptual and syntactic planning processes can be broad, comprising larger parts of upcoming sentences, phonological encoding needs to evolve word by word - incrementally. In relation to sentence production, the phonetic observation of F0 raises a question: at which stage are the global parameters of sentence intonation decided in speakers' minds? The aim of the study was to empirically verify the causal relationship between the F0 peaks and the duration of intonation phrases, and to explore the online sentence formulation in two typologically different languages...
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Talk by Francesco Pinzin, Monday 9th 4-6 pm

We are very happy to announce the next talk of this semester’s Syntax Colloquium, which will take place on Monday, Dezember 9, 4 – 6 pm in IG 4.301. Francesco Pinzin will talk about „Latin verbal thematic vowels: aktionsart and overriding“. Abstract: Latin verbs show a set of vocalic elements before the Tense/Aspect/Mood morphemes, these elements are usually called Thematic Vowels (TVs): laud-ā-ba-m mon-ē-ba-m praise-tv1-impf-1sg advise-tv2-impf-1sg TVs are mostly analyzed as empty class markers, whose value is purely morphological (a.o., Aronoff 1994). The existence of syntactically and semantically empty morphemes logically requires the existence a post-syntactic and purely morphological step in the derivation where to insert them, call it Morphological Structure, as in Distributed Morphology models, or Paradigmatic/Morphomic level, as in Words and Paradigms models. In this presentation I argue that, as far as Latin TVs are concerned, there is no need for such a step. The distribution of Latin TVs with respect to the morphological base they select, the aktionsart semantics of the verb and...
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Talk by Katharina Hartmann, Monday 2nd 4-6 pm

We are very happy to announce the next talk of this semester’s Syntax Colloquium, which will take place on Monday, Dezember 2, 4 – 6 pm in IG 4.301. Katharina Hartmann will talk about „Generalizing MaxElide“. Abstract: In this talk I argue that the constraint MaxElide (Merchant 2008) is more general than originally assumed. I show for German that MaxElide constrains all types of ellipsis in coordination and comparative formation. I conclude that this is compatible with movement accounts, rather than with base-generation + deletion accounts, of the respective structures.   You are cordially invited! ...
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SAIAL 2020 Workshop in Potsdam

Katharina Hartmann (Goethe University Frankfurt), Malte Zimmermann (University of Potsdam) and Doreen Georgi (University of Potsadam) co-organize the workshop Structural Asymmetries in African Languages on April 27-28, 2020 at the University of Potsdam. Deadline for abstract submission: December 31, 2019.    ...
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