The Weekly Newsletter of MIT Linguistics

Pre-announcement: MIT Workshop on Comparatives 11/13-14

This fall MIT will be hosting a weekend workshop on the syntax/semantics of comparative constructions.

MIT Workshop on Comparatives
November 13-14 2010 at MIT

Recent crosslinguistic studies of comparative constructions such as Beck, Oda and Sugisaki (2004; “Parametric variation in the semantics of comparison”; Journal of East Asian Linguistics, 13: 289-344) and Kennedy (2007; “Modes of comparison”, Proceedings of CLS 43) among others have not only broadened our understanding of how natural language expresses comparison, but also raised theoretical issues of how languages can differ both semantically and syntactically in what types of comparison can be expressed in what forms. The aim of this workshop is to provide an opportunity for linguists in the Cambridge area (and beyond) who are interested in this topic to share their recent findings and discuss their implications on the crosslinguistic typology of comparative constructions.

Invited speakers: * Rajesh Bhatt, UMass Amherst * Bernhard Schwarz, McGill * Roger Schwarzchild, Rutgers * Junko Shimoyama, McGill

All are invited to attend. Please contact Yasu or mitcho if you are interested in presenting or would like to otherwise get involved.