Fall 2016-Spring 2017

All talks are from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in room 32-155. For further information, please contact Erin or Nick. This schedule is subject to change; please check back for changes.

September 30, 2016
  • Colloquium: Valentine Hacquard (University of Maryland)

    September 30, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
    location: 32-155

    Speakers mean more than their sentences do, because they can take a lot about their audience for granted. This talk explores how presuppositions and pragmatic enrichments play out in acquisition. How do children untangle semantic from pragmatic contributions to what speakers mean? The case study I will focus on is how children learn the meaning of the words think and know. When and how do children figure out that think but not know can be used to report false beliefs? When and how do they figure out that with know, but not think, speakers tend to presuppose the truth…

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November 4, 2016
  • Colloquium: Peter Svenonius (University of Tromsø)

    November 4, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
    location: 32-155

    Title: Emergent Extended Projections

    The theory of extended projections (Grimshaw 2005) is built on a strongly universalist/innatist premise, especially in its cartographic implementation (Cinque 1999 inter alios). On that view, the LAD (language acquisition device) matches instantiated categories in the input to a prespecified sequence of hierarchically arranged categories in UG. In this talk, I explore the implications of a sparer UG. I suggest how extended projections might emerge from the primary data, given certain assumptions about the LAD. I suggest that these assumptions give a more satisfying understanding of mixed projections (Abney 1987) and some other phenomena than…

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November 18, 2016
  • Colloquium: Gregory M. Kobele (University of Chicago)

    November 18, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
    location: 32-155

    Title: The meaning of structure

    One way of viewing syntactic structure is as a real object, something which is constructed and manipulated by the rules of grammar. I take this to be the prevailing view in the transformational tradition. An alternative perspective, found in the categorial tradition (incl Montague), is that syntactic structure is not real in this sense at all, but rather is a record, or a proof, of the way that the grammar licenses a particular sound-meaning pair. These different perspectives have lead to different analytical approaches to various phenomena, culminating for example in debates…

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December 2, 2016
  • Colloquium: Maribel Romero (Universität Konstanz)

    December 2, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
    location: 32-155

    Title: On the many readings of ‘many’

    Abstract: Partee (1989) and a long tradition thereafter distinguish two readings of many and its antonym few: the cardinal reading (1a) and the proportional reading (1b), with n and ρ as context- dependent parameters. These readings are exemplified against scenario (2). Sentence (3) is judged true in virtue of its cardinal reading and sentence (4) in virtue of its proportional reading:

    (1) Many Ps are Q.
    a. CARDINAL reading: |P∩Q| > n, where n is a large natural number.
    b. PROPORTIONAL reading: |P∩Q| : |P| > ρ, where ρ is a large proportion.

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December 9, 2016
  • Colloquium: Heidi Harley (University of Arizona)

    December 9, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
    location: 32-155

    Title: We don’t need word-internal phase boundaries (for Hiaki).

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February 10, 2017
  • Colloquium: Gaja Jarosz (UMass Amherst)

    February 10, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
    location: 32-155

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February 24, 2017
  • Colloquium: Rachel Walker (USC)

    February 24, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
    location: 32-155

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March 3, 2017
  • Colloquium: Vera Gribanova (Stanford)

    March 3, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
    location: 32-155

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March 24, 2017
  • Cleo Condoravdi (Stanford): Third Annual Joint Ling/Phil Colloquium

    March 24, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

    (time tentative)

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April 7, 2017
  • Colloquium: Ricardo Bermúdez-Otero (University of Manchester)

    April 7, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
    location: 32-155

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April 28, 2017
  • Colloquium: Jonathan Bobaljik (University of Connecticut)

    April 28, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
    location: 32-155

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May 5, 2017
  • Colloquium: Jon Gajewski (University of Connecticut)

    May 5, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
    location: 32-155

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May 12, 2017
  • Colloquium: Rajesh Bhatt (UMass Amherst)

    May 12, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
    location: 32-155

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