Fall 2016

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.

September 8, 2016
  • Ling-Lunch: Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine

    September 8, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - 1:50 pm
    32-D461 (MIT)

    I present new work on extraction and voice in Toba Batak, an Austronesian language of northern Sumatra, Indonesia. Recent work has proposed a tight coupling between the traditional heads of C and T. I argue that patterns of multiple extraction in Toba Batak support the C-T head-splitting hypothesis—the idea that C and T begin as a single CT head and can split (Martinović, 2015). Although Batak has been previously described as only allowing extraction of one constituent at a time (Cole & Hermon 2008), I show that the simultaneous extraction of two constituents is possible, in very limited combinations. Exactly…

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September 15, 2016
  • Ling-Lunch: Norvin Richards

    September 15, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - 1:50 pm
    32-D461 (MIT)

    Richards (2016) presents an account of the distribution of various types of overt movement and linear adjacency requirements. One of the central claims I make there is that the construction of prosodic structure begins in the narrow syntax, and that the syntax can be motivated by prosodic considerations to perform syntactic movement operations.

    Central to the account is a claim that Agree and selection relations must affect prosody in certain ways. I claim that just in structures involving Agree or selection, the general laws governing the mapping of syntax onto prosody are overridden by a special condition (called…

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September 29, 2016
  • Ling-Lunch: Vitor Nóbrega

    September 29, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - 1:50 pm
    32-D461 (MIT)

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October 13, 2016
  • Ling-Lunch: Juliet Stanton

    October 13, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - 1:50 pm
    Location:32-D461 (MIT)

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October 27, 2016
  • Ling-Lunch: Athulya Aravind and Veronica Boyce

    October 27, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - 1:50 pm
    Location: 32-D461 (MIT)

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November 10, 2016
  • Ling-Lunch: David Erschle

    November 10, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - 1:50 pm
    Location: 32-D461

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November 17, 2016
  • Ling-Lunch: Paul Andrew Crowley

    November 17, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - 1:50 pm
    Location:32-D461

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December 8, 2016
  • Ling-Lunch: Jenneke van der Wal

    December 8, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - 1:50 pm
    Location: 32-D461

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