Syntax-Semantics Reading Group (LFRG)

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, 1-2:00pm in 32-D461 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 Tatiana Bondarenko or Dóra Kata Takács.

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

Fall 2018

September 5, 2018
  • LFRG: Tatiana Bondarenko (MIT)

    September 5, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    32-D461

    Title: Elizabeth Bogal-Allbritten 2016, 2017: Building attitudes in Navajo and beyond

    Abstract:

    In this talk, I will present Elizabeth Bogal-Allbritten’s work on attitude reports of belief and desire in Navajo. Navajo presents an interesting case of expressing several attitudes - think, want, and wish - with one verb: nízin. Elizabeth Bogal-Allbritten shows that there is a correlation between the shape of the complement clause and the attitude expressed. She argues against an analysis where nízin is lexically ambiguous, and also against an analysis where nízin has underspecified meaning that is dependent on the…

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September 12, 2018
  • LFRG: Vincent Rouillard (MIT)

    September 12, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    32-D461

    Hurford's constraints and inquisitive semantics

    Abstract:

    In this presentation, I will be discussing Ciardelli and Roelofsen's 2017 paper ''Hurford's constraint, the semantics of disjunction, and the nature of alternatives''. This paper compares the treatment of Hurford disjunctions in interrogatives within the frameworks of alternative semantics and inquisitive semantics. The authors argue that the framework of inquisitive semantics, whose basic assumptions will be covered in the presentation, facilitates a unified treatment of Hurford phenomena in both declaratives and interrogatives.

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September 19, 2018
  • LFRG: Christopher Baron (MIT)

    September 19, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    32-D461

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October 3, 2018
  • LFRG: Todor Koev (Universität Konstanz/MIT)

    October 3, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    32-D461

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October 17, 2018
  • LFRG: Tatiana Bondarenko (MIT)

    October 17, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    32-D461

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October 24, 2018
  • LFRG: Shumian Ye (Peking University/MIT)

    October 24, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    32-D461

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October 31, 2018
  • LFRG: Carolyn Spadine (MIT) & Gunnar Lund (Harvard)

    October 31, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    32-D461

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November 7, 2018
  • LFRG: Kai von Fintel (MIT)

    November 7, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    32-D461

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November 14, 2018
  • LFRG: Frank Staniszewski (MIT)

    November 14, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    32-D461

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November 21, 2018
  • LFRG: Keny Chatain (MIT)

    November 21, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    32-D461

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December 12, 2018
  • LFRG: Itai Bassi (MIT)

    December 12, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    32-D461

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