The primary aim of LFRG is to give you an opportunity to have informal discussions of your own and other people’s ideas without having to worry about saying something wrong. Thus, practice talks and presentations of works in progress (or in regress) or papers that you find interesting are especially welcome.

The range of possible topics include semantics, syntax, their interface, and what not having a connection to either syntax or semantics. The idea is that a lot of research does not fit into the straight jacket of a narrow area – though it is by no means required to have any interdisciplinary interests to attend LFRG.

Meetings this semester are:

Wednesdays, 1-2:30pm in 32-D831 unless noted

There are basically four main kinds of meetings: 1) presentations of one’s own work, including in progress and in regress; 2) a genuine reading group meeting: everyone reads, or at least browses, some interesting paper, and we discuss it; 3) a tutorial-like meeting where the persons in charge tell everyone something about not so widely known things – like cool experimental techniques, math tools, new empirical results, etc., and then optionally people say what they think about that; and 4) brainstorming sessions: the persons in charge provide a topic and the necessary background, and the point is to generate some ideas about what one can do about the topic.

Meetings and changes in the schedule are announced here and by email to interested people. If you want to receive the email announcements, want to be in charge of a meeting, or have any other comments about the Syntax-Semantics Reading Group, email either Aron HirschDaniel Margulis or Paul Marty.

Claiming an LFRG slot is not scary at all – so don’t hesitate to do that!

Fall 2017

August 30, 2017
  • LFRG: Marie-Christine Meyer Talk on Implicature Priming

    August 30, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    32-D831

    Title: Sound Patterns of Exhaustification

    Abstract: In this talk I will suggest a compositional semantics for certain intonational contours, arguing that the falling (LL%) and rising (LH%) boundary tones are what I call weak and strong exhaustification morphemes. These morphemes occur together with a L+H* pitch accent in constructions that have been studied under the names of Meta-linguistic Negation (e.g. Horn 1989), Contrastive Negation (e.g. McCawley 1991), and Contrastive Focus (e.g. Bolinger 1965, Rooth 1985), whereas intonational tunes like L+H*LH% have been studied in relation to their use as indicating speaker uncertainty and/or contrastive…

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September 20, 2017
  • LFRG - Keny Chatain

    September 20, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    32D-461

    Title: Defining local contexts for anaphora
    Abstract: Schlenker (2008, 2010) has shown how one can define an incremental notion of local context for presupposition. This removes the need for encoding projection behaviour in particular lexical entries, as in Dynamic Semantics. In subsequent unpublished work, Schlenker attempts to apply the same ideas to define an incremental notion of local context relevant to anaphora. The proposal, while broad in its empirical coverage, falls short of predicting existential/universal readings of donkey anaphora. It also predicts that universal quantifiers introduce singular discourse referents, just as indefinites.
    In work-in-progress, I pick up on…

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October 11, 2017
  • LFRG - Tiaoyuan Mao

    October 11, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    32D-461

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October 18, 2017
  • LFRG: Alexander Wimmer

    October 18, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    32-D461

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October 25, 2017
  • LFRG - Hanzhi Zhu

    October 25, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    32D-461

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November 1, 2017
  • LFRG - Frank Staniszewski

    November 1, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    32D-461

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November 8, 2017
  • LFRG - Verena Hehl

    November 8, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    32D-461

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November 15, 2017
  • LFRG - Tanya Bondarenko

    November 15, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    32D-461

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November 22, 2017
  • LFRG - Moshe Bar-Lev

    November 22, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    32D-461

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November 29, 2017
  • LFRG - Daniel Margulis

    November 29, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    32D-461

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December 13, 2017
  • LFRG - Sarah Zobel

    December 13, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    32D-461

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