Talk by Kristina Liefke – Thursday 12th 4-6 pm

We are happy to announce a talk by Kristina Liefke  (Goethe Universität) next Thursday at the Semantics Colloquium. Please find an abstract below. Title: Single-Type Semantics and Depiction Reports (joint work with Markus Werning, Bochum) Room: IG 4.301 Date: December 12th Time: 4pm - 6pm Abstract: In this talk, we show that single-type semantics (see Liefke and Werning, 2018) provides a compositional semantics for physical and mental depiction reports (e.g. 'Paul is painting a penguin', 'Uli is imagining a unicorn') that improves upon Montague-style semantics (see Moltmann, 1997) and property-based semantics for such reports (see Zimmermann, 2016; cf. Zimmermann, 1993). In particular, single-type semantics accounts for missing de dicto-readings of depiction reports with a strong quantificational object DP, blocks unwarranted inferences to a common objective, and captures the semantic interaction of DPs and CPs in depiction complements. The semantics also makes a number of plausible predictions about the role of context in the interpretation of depiction complements and the subjectivity of depicted contents. ...
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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 Ahmad Al-Bitar, Thursday 5th 4-6 pm

We are happy to announce a talk by Ahmad Al-Bitar  (Goethe Universität) next Thursday at the Semantics Colloquium. Please find an abstract below. Title: An in situ account for (Syrian Arabic) superlatives? Room: IG 4.301 Date: December 5th Time: 4pm - 6pm Abstract: The sentence in (1) is given by Heim (1999, p. 7) and shown to have a reading that is problematic for any "in situ" analysis of the superlative. (1) John wants to climb the highest mountain. In addition to the absolute and relative readings, a third reading (called the "upstairs de dicto reading" by  Sharvit & Stateva (2000)), could be available for the superlative in (1). As Heim suggests, one can think of a survey conducted about "How high a mountain do you want to climb?". John says "I want to climb a mountain that is 6,000 m high"; Mary says "I want to climb a mountain that is 4,000 m high" and Bill says "I just want to climb a mountain that is 1,000...
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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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