The Weekly Newsletter of MIT Linguistics

Experimental Syntax/Semantics Lab Meeting 3/19 - Hadas Kotek

Speaker: Hadas Kotek
Date/Time: Monday, Mar 19, 5:30p
Location: 32-D124 (Note unusual location)

The full abstract is available (pdf).

I will present pilot results from two sentence processing studies that we ran in the department last month – one concerning multiple questions and the other concerning the quantificational nature of `any’. Both studies yield unexpected results that bear on the theories of questions and of free choice `any’, respectively. In particular, I will argue that covert wh-movement may not target the same position as overt wh-movement but rather a much lower position (if it occurs at all), and that any should be analyzed as an existential quantifier that QRs locally, targeting a lower position than the one targeted by the QR of `every’.