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…

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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…

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September 29, 2016
  • Ling-Lunch: Vitor Nóbrega

    September 29, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:20 pm
    32-D461 (MIT)

    Root categorization as an interface condition: Evidence from compounds

    There has been a surge of syntactic research on compounding, joining a large literature on the nature of roots and phase theory. In an attempt to probe into the syntactic domain for idiosyncratic interpretation and to account for lexical integrity effects, some recent studies on compounding have argued…

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October 6, 2016
  • Ling-Lunch: Omer Demirok (MIT)

    October 6, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - 1:50 pm
    Location: 32-D461 (MIT)

    Title: Free Relatives and Correlatives in Wh-in-situ [practice talk]

    In English (and many other languages), a wh-structure as in (1) can be construed as a free relative or as an interrogative complement. Cecchetto and Donati (2015) refer to this phenomenon as labeling ambiguity and predict that this sort of ambiguity is precluded in wh-in-situ languages, as illustrated in the…

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October 13, 2016
  • Ling-Lunch: Juliet Stanton

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

    "Segmental blocking in dissimilation: an argument for co-occurrence constraints"

    Most contemporary work assumes that dissimilation is motivated by featural co-occurrence (OCP) constraints (e.g. Alderete 1997, Suzuki 1998): a process that maps /X…X/ to [X…Y] (for example) would be explained by positing a ban on co-occurring [X]s.

    I first show how this approach can…

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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)

    "Lexical and syntactic effects on auxiliary selection: Evidence from Child French"

    Auxiliary selection in periphrastic constructions poses a challenge for the learner who must learn if her language has auxiliary selection and if so, how to draw the line between HAVE-selecting and BE-selecting verbs. We investigate children’s understanding of the various factors involved in auxiliary selection…

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November 3, 2016
  • Ling-Lunch: Jon Rawski

    November 3, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - 1:50 pm
    32-D461(MIT)

    Title: Homeostatic Reinforcement Learning for Harmonic Grammars

    The main idea of this talk is to bridge a particularly thorny divide between linguistics and neuroscience. Reinforcement Learning (RL), despite being one of the most widely used and neurologically robust learning algorithms, has an uneasy history with generative grammar. Specifically, the requirement of an internal, restricted hypothesis space and…

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November 10, 2016
  • Ling-Lunch: David Erschler

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

    Title: Predicting embedded gapping

    I show that in a number of languages gapping can occur in embedded clauses. I argue that this provides support for a movement plus deletion analysis of gapping. The ability of gapping to be embedded in a given language depends on the height of the ellipsis-licensing feature and the availability of a landing…

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

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

    Neg-Raising and Neg movement

    Abstract: This talk will be concerned with the phenomenon known as Neg-Raising. All previous analyses of Neg-Raising fall into one of two main categories: syntactic and semantic/pragmatic. The syntactic approach derives the effect from a Neg movement operation in the syntax (Fillmore 1963) while the semantic/pragmatic approach derives the effect as an…

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December 1, 2016
  • Ling-Lunch: Amy Rose Deal

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

    Title: Dedicated de re attitude reports

    Indefinites occurring in attitude complements can typically be read either de dicto or de re. This choice is commonly treated as a true ambiguity, involving two separate sets of truth conditions corresponding to two distinct LFs, rather than (say) as a case of generality or underspecification based on a single LF.…

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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

    Title: The AWSOM and RANDOM in Bantu object marking.

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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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