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Archive for October 27th, 2008

Ling-lunch 10/30 - Norvin Richards

Please join us for this week’s ling lunch:

Norvin Richards
“Beyond Strength and Weakness 2: EPP and head-movement”
Thursday, Oct. 30
12:30-1:45
32-D461

In an earlier paper, “Beyond Strength and Weakness”, I attempted to develop a theory that could predict whether wh-movement would be overt or covert in a given language, on the basis of observable properties of the language’s word order and prosody. This talk is the sequel to that paper; I will try to predict whether languages should exhibit EPP effects or not, and (time permitting) how far their verbs move, again on the basis of observable properties. As in the earlier paper, the goal will be to do away with syntactic diacritics like ‘strong’ and ‘weak’ (and, for that matter, ‘EPP’), by allowing the syntax to make more direct reference than usual to the phonological representation. We will see more evidence bearing on the nature of that reference, helping us to understand how much syntax knows about phonology.

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Written by jikatz

October 27th, 2008 at 5:00 am

Posted in Talks

No Phonology Circle this week

Phonology Circle will return next week (Wed Nov 12) with a presentation by Hrayr Khanjian.

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Written by albright

October 27th, 2008 at 5:00 am

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Fun link of the week

An illustration of the effects of visual information on auditory processing.

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Written by jikatz

October 27th, 2008 at 5:00 am

Posted in Announcements

Modularity Reading Group update

The Modularity Reading Group has changed the time and place of their meetings.
From now on, the group will meet Friday mornings, 10am-12pm, in 24-402.

To keep up to date with what’s happening in the group, see their website at:
http://web.mit.edu/linguistics/groups/modularity/

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Written by albright

October 27th, 2008 at 5:00 am

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SULA 5 Announcement

The Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at MIT and the Department of Linguistics at Harvard will host SULA 5 (Semantics of Under-represented Languages in the Americas) during the week-end of May 15-17 2009.

The call for papers is open, the deadline being January 20, 2009.

More information on the conference can be found on its website:

http://web.mit.edu/sula5/home.html

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Written by kvf

October 27th, 2008 at 5:00 am

Posted in Conferences