Session 5 - Luigi Rizzi: Theoretical and comparative syntax

This parallel session will be structured around six major issues that arise in the domains of theoretical and comparative syntax. Abstracts are solicited which address one or more of the following issues:

1. On elementary syntactic mechanisms. A fundamental property of human languages is that they permit the formation of an unbounded number of messages. What are the elementary ingredients of syntactic computations, giving rise to the open-ended character of language? What is the role of recursion and how is it expressed? How are syntactic dependencies (e.g. between an antecedent and a gap) to be characterized? What principles constrain syntactic computations?

2. On the nature of syntactic representations. If syntactic mechanisms may well be quite simple (and in certain models like Minimalism, they are extremely elementary), syntactic representations can be rich and complex (and in certain lines of research such as the cartographic studies, they are characterized by a high degree of structural articulation). What is the right format for the structural maps of clauses and phrases in natural language syntax?

3. Invariance and variation in natural language syntax. How should linguistic theory express syntactic universals? How should it express cross-linguistically variable properties, and capture the limits on syntactic variation?

4. On the syntax – morphology connection. Is it possible and useful to draw a sharp dividing line between syntactic and morphological processes? Do morphological requirements drive certain syntactic processes (e.g., verb movement), or does morphology simply registers the fact that certain syntactic computations have applied?

5. Syntax and the interfaces with sound and meaning. Recursive syntax is seen, in some models, as the computational heart of a system for the expression of sound-meaning pairings over an unbounded domain. So, syntactic representations must be readily accessible and readable to systems of perception and articulations, and to systems of concepts and intentions, to be used for communication and the expression of thought. How are syntactic structures interpreted at the interface with the sound system, i.e. for the assignment of prosodic contours? How does the system operate at the interface between syntax and semantics/pragmatics, e.g. for expressing argumental semantics (thematic roles etc.), and discourse-related articulations such as topic – comment, focus – presupposition, etc.?

6. Types of evidence bearing on syntactic hypotheses. Much classical syntactic description and theorization is based on corpus analysis and/or on metalinguistic judgments (grammaticality, ambiguity, etc.). These kinds of evidence have permitted an extraordinary growth of syntactic modeling and analysis. Nevertheless, the necessity of enriching the empirical basis of syntactic studies is felt as more and more compelling by syntacticians, in order to put more severe and diversified empirical constraints on syntactic models. The experimental study of production and perception, of first and second language acquisition, and of language-related pathologies, as well as the use of brain imaging techniques have all been brought to bear on syntactic models. What enrichment may syntacticians expect from interdisciplinary projects in these domains? And what may syntactic models have to offer for advances in these areas of the study of language as a cognitive capacity?

22.07.2013   10:30-12:30

Chair: Luigi Rizzi

10:30 - 11:00 Anna CARDINALETTI
The big DP hypothesis: Reconciling the internal and external syntax of cliticization
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11:00 - 11:30 Christopher LAENZLINGER
The CP/DP (Non-)Parallelism Revisited
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11:30 - 12:00 Akira WATANABE
Count Syntax and the Partitivity
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12:00 - 12:30 Giuliana GIUSTI
Genitive Case and the Nominal Phase
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22.07.2013   14:00-16:00

Chair: Ur Shlonsky

14:00 - 14:30 Georg HÖHN
Unagreement is an Illusion: The distribution of person features in the extended nominal projection
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14:30 - 15:00 Ji-Hye KIM et al.
TSC (Tensed S Condition) and Korean Anaphors: An Experimental Study of Binding Domain and VP ellipsis in Korean
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15:00 - 15:30 Anamaria BENTEA et al.
Atoms of intervention in the acquisition of A'-dependencies
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15:30 - 16:00 Carlo CECCHETTO et al.
Rethinking adjunction and complementation. Making sense of an unexpected garden path
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22.07.2013   16:30-18:00

Chair: Paola Merlo

16:30 - 17:00 Zheng SHEN
Syntactic Treatment of the Relative Reading with NP Internal Focus in Superlatives
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17:00 - 17:30 Louise MYCOCK et al.
Intonation-only marking of narrow Focus: a Lexical-Functional Grammar Analysis
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17:30 - 18:00 Koichiro NAKAMURA
Ga-marked phrases act as exhaustive identificational focus
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23.07.2013   14:00-15:30

Chair: Stephanie Durrleman

14:00 - 14:30 Eric HAEBERLI et al.
On the Interaction between Syntax and Morphology: New Evidence from the Loss of Verb Movement in the History of English
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14:30 - 15:00 Michelle SHEEHAN et al.
Mafioso Parameters and the Limits of Syntactic Variation
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15:00 - 15:30 Genoveva PUSKAS et al.
The left periphery of non-indicative clauses: a cross-linguistic study
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23.07.2013   16:30-18:30

Chair: Christopher Laenzlinger

16:30 - 17:00 Wei-Tien Dylan TSAI
Rethinking Formal Licensing
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17:00 - 17:30 Yoshio ENDO
Two Types of Why
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17:30 - 18:00 Amy Rose DEAL
Short and long scrambling in Nez Perce
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18:00 - 18:30 Jacopo GARZONIO et al.
Non and its companions: on the big NegP hypothesis
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25.07.2013   14:00-16:00

Chair: Genoveva Puskas

14:00 - 15:00 Luigi RIZZI
Theoretical and comparative syntax - some current issues
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15:00 - 15:30 Guglielmo CINQUE et al.
DP and CP: a Relativized Minimality approach to one of their non parallelism(s)
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15:30 - 16:00 Ur SHLONSKY
Labels, phases and VSO order
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25.07.2013   16:30-18:30


16:30 - 17:00 Ameen ALAHDAL
On C/T-v relation: Feature inheritance and feature sharing
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17:00 - 17:30 Anna GREENWOOD
Questioning anti-c-command: A comparative study of parasitic gaps
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17:30 - 18:00 Thomas LEU
Generalized x-to-C
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18:00 - 18:30 James MCCLOSKEY
Focus and the Grammar of Exceptives in Irish
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25.07.2013   18:30-19:30

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18:30 - 19:30 Ameen ALAHDAL
A Phase-based Account of Movement-contingent Agreement
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18:30 - 19:30 Anna RICCIO
Transitivity alternation and lexicon-syntax interface in Italian
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18:30 - 19:30 Ching Hsin CHANG
La relative: une etude comparative
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18:30 - 19:30 Ching-Yu YANG
On the Shou Construction in Mandarin Chinese: a Non-Unified Approach
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18:30 - 19:30 Ciro GRECO
The Hybrid Status Of Criterial Subjects: Locality Effects In Italian Wh-Questions
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18:30 - 19:30 Dongsik LIM et al.
Event complexity and subjecthood of dative arguments of Korean psych-predicates
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18:30 - 19:30 ETHER SOSELIA
Argument Coding By Genitive In Georgian
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18:30 - 19:30 Hideki KISHIMOTO
Coordination and Movement of Honorific Heads in Japanese
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18:30 - 19:30 Hisao TOKIZAKI
Branching direction and the morphology-syntax connection
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18:30 - 19:30 I-hao WOO
Chinese resultative constructions: A comparative analysis
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18:30 - 19:30 Isabella PEDERNEIRA
Learning about the syntax-semantics interface
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18:30 - 19:30 Isabelle CHARNAVEL
A Unified Analysis of Iddi Terms (terms expressing identity and difference) based on French data (même 'same', différent 'different', autre 'other'...)
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18:30 - 19:30 Kuanming TENG
Negative Imperatives in Taiwanese Southern Min
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18:30 - 19:30 Mario SALTARELLI
The Indexical Syntax of Demonstratives
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18:30 - 19:30 Michelle SHEEHAN
Towards a parameter hierarchy for alignment
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18:30 - 19:30 Mikhail DYMARSKIY
Syntax Modeling and Process of Generating an Utterance
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18:30 - 19:30 Oleh KSHANOVSKY
Verb Serialization As Cognitive Universal (Slavonic and Iranian data)
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18:30 - 19:30 Saeko URUSHIBARA
A Morphosyntactic reflex of root and epistemic modals: Evidence from a Japanese negative future element
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18:30 - 19:30 Sarah OUWAYDA
Mass Plurals, Neither Mass Nor Plural
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18:30 - 19:30 Shruti SHRUTI SIRCAR
Null and Overt Subjects in the Speech of Bengali children
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18:30 - 19:30 Xosé SOTO ANDIÓN
The Semantics of CAER
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18:30 - 19:30 Yasuyuki FUKUTOMI
Light Noun-in-situ in Japanese
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26.07.2013   10:30-12:30

Chair: Eric Haeberli

10:30 - 11:00 Isabelle CHARNAVEL et al.
Binding Anaphors: what is the scope of Condition A and why?
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11:00 - 11:30 Rezvan MOTAVALLIAN
On obligatory Control in Persian
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11:30 - 12:00 Byron AHN
Universality and Subject-Oriented Reflexivity
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12:00 - 12:30 Gabriela SOARE
The Syntax of Some Imposter DPs
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26.07.2013   14:00-16:00

Chair: Giuliano Bocci

14:00 - 14:30 Raffaella ZANUTTINI et al.
Referential Dependencies across Discontinuous Subjects
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14:30 - 15:00 Dominique SPORTICHE
No Phrasal Match: all restrictive relative clauses are head raising
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15:30 - 16:00 Hilda KOOPMAN
The cartography of objects: on preverbal and postverbal objects
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27.07.2013   08:30-10:30

Chair: Luigi Rizzi

08:30 - 09:00 Po-jen HSIEH
Temporal Measure Phrase in Chinese: A DegvP Analysis
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09:00 - 09:30 Katharina TURGAY et al.
Positioning of adverbials in spoken German
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09:30 - 10:00 Rahul BALUSU
Transitivizing light verbs in Telugu
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10:00 - 10:30 Amrit R. AMRITAVALLI
Result phrases and dative experiencers in Kannada
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