Spring 2017

Ling-Lunch is a series of weekly talks, open to all linguistics topics. It is held in an informal setting, and everybody is welcome to present their work, but preference is given to members of the MIT Linguistics Department.

We meet every Thursday from 12:30 to 1:50 pm in room 32-D461.

Meetings and changes in the schedule are announced by email to interested people. If you want to receive the email announcements, want to present something, or have any other comments about Ling-Lunch, please email the organizers.

February 9, 2017
  • Ling-Lunch (Stuart Davis, Indiana University)

    February 9, 2017 @ 12:30 pm - 1:50 pm
    32-D461

    On Explaining English Schwa Syncope

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February 23, 2017
  • Ling-Lunch Zheng Shen (UConn)

    February 23, 2017 @ 12:45 pm - 2:05 pm
    32-D461

    Multi-Valuation and the Agreement Hierarchy

    In this talk I present arguments for treating cross-linguistic agreement patterns of multi-valuation (Shen to appear) as an instantiation of the Agreement Hierarchy (Corbett 1979).

    The nominal right node raising construction in (1) has been argued to involve a single probe that is valued by multiple goals; that is, it involves multi-valuation.…

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March 23, 2017
  • Ling-Lunch -- Michelle Yuan (MIT)

    March 23, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:50 pm
    32-D461

    Title: Against morphological diagnostics for object agreement vs. clitic doubling: Evidence from Inuktitut

    There has been much recent debate concerning the proper analysis of object agreement—whether it is true agreement (phi-feature valuation) or clitic doubling (a pronominal D0 co-referring with a DP). Various diagnostics have been put forth to determine whether a given “object-referencing morpheme” is…

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April 6, 2017
  • Ling-Lunch -- Adrian Stegovec (UConn)

    April 6, 2017 @ 12:30 pm - 1:50 pm
    32-D461

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April 13, 2017
  • Ling-Lunch -- Ezer Rasin (MIT)

    April 13, 2017 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
    32-D461

    Title: Severing stress from phonology

    According to the consensus view in generative linguistics, the cognitive module known as ‘phonology’ is responsible for various phonological computations, including the computation of word stress, tone, and segmental processes. I will present two differences between stress and segmental phonology to motivate a modular decomposition of phonology, where the computation of stress…

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April 20, 2017
  • Ling-Lunch -- Ian Roberts (U. Cambridge/U. Connecticut)

    April 20, 2017 @ 12:30 pm - 1:50 pm
    32-D461

    Title: Verb Movement and Cartography in English and Romance

    I begin by presenting the recent important proposals in Schifano (2014, 2015a,b) showing that across Romance there are at least four distinct landing sites in the TMA zone of the clause for finite lexical verbs, all of them higher than the position of the English lexical verb and…

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May 4, 2017
  • Ling-Lunch -- Amanda Rysling (UMass Amherst)

    May 4, 2017 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
    32-D461

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May 18, 2017
  • Ling-Lunch -- Colin Davis (MIT)

    May 18, 2017 @ 12:30 pm - 1:50 pm
    31-D461

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