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)

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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

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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)

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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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