Talk by Doreen Georgi, Monday 25th 4-6 pm

We are very happy to announce the next talk of this semester’s Syntax Colloquium, which will take place on Monday, November 25, 4 – 6 pm in IG 4.301. Doreen Georgi (Potsdam) will talk about „On two types of resumption in Igbo and the nature of islands“. Abstract: We provide novel data from Igbo (Benue-Kwa, Nigeria) which show that the languages has two types of resumptive pronouns (RPs) in A-dependencies: RPs that occur at the bottom of dependencies that involve (a) base-generation (topicalization) and (b) movement (wh/focus fronting). While it has been argued before that different kinds of RPs can co-exist in a language (a.o. Borer 1984, Aoun et al. 2001, Bianchi 2004, Sichel 2014), the evidence is usually based on subtle reconstruction effects in relative clauses. Igbo exhibits movement RPs in wh/fronting and provides additional evidence e.g. from morpho-phonological cyclicity effects. The use of RPs in movement dependencies is restricted to just a few contexts. We argue that these RPs surface in order to fulfill PF-requirements (realization of oblique case...
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Talk by Roland Hinterhölzl, Monday 11th 4-6 pm

We are very happy to announce the next talk of this semester’s Syntax Colloquium, which will take place on Monday, November 11, 4 – 6 pm in IG 4.301. Roland Hinterhölzl (Venice) will talk about „A new approach to control and raising: From the Case-filter to the D-filter“. Abstract: I will present a novel approach to control and raising that is embedded in a predicative interpretation of Tense and a presuppositional approach to pronominal reference. Tense is shown, like nominal predicates, to be used referentially or attributively (Donellan 1966) and pronouns are argued to possess an abstract nominal predicate of the type participant (x,s). The distribution of PRO is shown to be determined by its basic property of lacking phi-feature. Thus, PRO lacks the presuppositional features that serve to identify its antecedent. Instead, PRO is identified via a binding relation of its situation argument – via Tense - to the matrix event and the s-selection of a C-head with a participant feature (+/-...
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Talk by Stavros Skopeteas, Monday 28th 4-6 pm

We are very happy to announce the first talk of this semester’s Syntax Colloquium, which will take place on Monday, October 28, 4 – 6 pm in IG 4.301. Stavros Skopeteas (Universität Göttingen) will talk about „Focus and resumption in Kwa languages“. Abstract: Abstract Focus and Resumption   You are cordially invited! ...
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Ab- und Antrittsvorlesungen / farewell and inaugural lecture Phonologie

On July 3rd we celebrated Prof. Caroline Féry's retirement at the end of september and Prof. Frank Kügler's appointment as her successor. It was a wonderful and festive event, and here you can find a collection of short pieces for Caroline written by various friends and colleagues that were presented to her at the event: Tweets 'n Greets for Caroline Féry. Caroline has contributed immensely to the success of the Institute in Frankfurt and we are all very lucky, both professionally and personally, to have been her colleagues, so: thank you, Caroline! ...
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