Syntax Square exists to facilitate the presentation or discussion of anything relating to syntax. Formal presentations are welcome, but not necessary. If there’s a bit of syntax you want to have a discussion about, sign up.

Syntax square will be meeting this semester on Tuesdays from 1-2pm in room 32-D461. If you would like to lead a discussion or give an informal presentation of your work, please contact Colin or Mitya.

Fall 2019

September 17, 2019
  • Syntax Square: Stanislao Zompì (MIT)

    September 17, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    32-D461

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October 1, 2019
  • Syntax Square: Tanya Bondarenko (MIT) on Coon and Keine (2019)

    October 1, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    32-D461

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October 8, 2019
  • Syntax Square: Itai Bassi and Justin Colley (MIT)

    October 8, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    32-D461

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October 22, 2019
  • Syntax Square: Colin Davis (MIT)

    October 22, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    32-D461

    The intricate properties of parasitic gaps (PGs) have long enriched research on the syntax of (A-bar) movement (Engdahl 1983, Nissenbaum 2000, Legate 2003, Overfelt 2015, Branan 2017, Kotek & Erlewine 2018, Fox & Nissenbaum 2018). In this work, I use PG licensing in English to reveal a novel generalization about derivations where two A-bar movement chains pass through vP.

    Generalization: If XP1 and XP2 move to become A-bar specifiers of vP such that XP1 c-commands XP2, then the final surface position of XP1 c-commands the final surface position of XP2.

    While this is surprising for some theories of movement, I argue that…

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November 5, 2019
  • Syntax Square: Elise Newman (MIT)

    November 5, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    32-D461

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November 19, 2019
  • Syntax Square: Elise Newman (MIT)

    November 19, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    32-D461

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November 26, 2019
  • Syntax Square: Filipe Kobayashi (MIT)

    November 26, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    32-D461

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December 3, 2019
  • Syntax Square: Suzana Fong (MIT)

    December 3, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    32-D461

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December 10, 2019
  • Syntax Square: Yadav Gowda and Danfeng Wu (MIT); Run Chen (MIT)

    December 10, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    32-D461

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