Talk by Frank Sode, Thursday – November 28th, 4-6 PM

We are happy to announce a talk by Frank Sode. Please find an abstract below. Title: „Gut“ as a predicate of worlds Room: IG 4.301 Date: November 28 Time: 4pm – 6pm Abstract: In this talk I discuss the meaning of the evaluative adjective „gut“ when combined with finite „dass“ (‚that‘)- and „wenn“ (‚if‘)-clauses as in (1). (1)    a. Es ist       gut,  dass du   gehst.             It be.IND good that  you go.IND         b. Es ist       gut,   wenn du   gehst.             It be.IND good if        you go.IND         c. Es wäre     gut,   wenn du   gehen würdest.             It  be.SUBJ good if        you go      will.SUBJ The focus of this talk will be on the rules of use of these sentences against a given conversational background and how they can be derived from a semantics for „wenn“/“dass“ and IND/SUBJ under the assumption that „gut“ is a ‚regular‘ gradable adjective – with a twist: It takes a world argument in its subject position. ...
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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 Jonathan Weinrich, Thursday – November 21th, 4-6 PM

We are happy to announce a talk by Jonathan Weinrich (Goethe Universität) next Thursday at the Semantics Colloquium. Please find an abstract below. Title: Towards the Correct Pragmatic Treatment of Iconic Co-Speech Gestures Room: IG 4.301 Date: November 21st Time: 4pm - 6pm Abstract: There are two proposals of classifying iconic co-speech gestures within terms of previously established kinds of meaning. While Ebert & Ebert (2014) treat them as supplements in the spirit of Potts (2005), Schlenker (2018) analyzes them as variety of presuppositions. The main criterion for evaluation will be whether the contribution made by the gesture is discourse-new or discourse-old. After a quick explanation of the previous accounts, key examples of co-predicate gestures that pose a problem or an open question for both proposals are presented, establishing observations useful for a correct formalization. Instances of informative co-speech gestures pose a problem for the cosuppositional account, and uninformative ones for the supplemental one. Both accounts are hardly falsifiable: While the one of Ebert & Ebert...
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Talk by Maciej Kleczek, Thursday 14th, 4-6 PM

We are happy to announce a talk by Maciej Kleczek. You can find the abstract below. Title: A Solution to Fine's Paradox of a Variable Room: IG 4.301 Date: November 14 Time: 4pm - 6pm A Solution to Fine's Paradox of a Variable In [2] Kit Fine formulated the paradox of a variable. Roughly, it isolates a conflict between two intuitions concerning the semantic role of a variable. According to the first intuition a semantic role of a variable is exhausted by the range of its values. Consequently, any two variables turn out to be synonymous. On the other hand, in the context of an expression (a formula and/or polynomial), it happens that distinct variables play a different semantic role. Hence, a contradiction. In the first part of the talk we zoom in the structure of Fine’s reasoning and abstract away from the Fine’s example. As the outcome, we extract tacit assumptions, which lead to the paradox. These assumptions are principle of compositionality and...
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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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