June 1-15, 2012@ Kangra
This short course will focus on questions of linguistic universals, and in particular, explanations for apparent gaps in the inventory of possible/attested functional morphemes. A series of universals from the domain of comparatives and superlatives, with special emphasis on patterns of suppletion, will be the primary source of evidence.
Bobaljik (In press) - Universals in Comparative Morphology (2012, MIT Press)
Additional readings (related topics, side issues):
Bhatt 2012 Many or more: the Hindi-Urdu degree word zyaadaa and the analysis of Bare Comparatives. Ms. Amherst. (PDF)
Bobaljik 2008 Missing Persons: A Case study in Morphological Universals. The Linguistic Review, special theme issue Examples of Linguistic Universals 25.1-2:203-230.
Embick 2010 Localism vs Globalism in Morphology and Phonology. MIT Press. Chapters 2-3.
Wurmbrand 2012 QR and selection: Covert evidence for phasehood. Proceedings of NELS 42.
Syntax-semantics class on comparatives and superlatives
(link to Reading)
Minor Entities in the Semantics of Natural Language
[Most papers available from Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy site and Moltmann's site]
Events, Tropes, States, Facts, and Situations: An Overview of their Linguistic and Philosophical Motivations
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (online):
Casati/Varzi: ‘Events’, Mulligan/Correia: ‘Facts’, Kratzer: ‘Situations in Natural Language Semantics’, Bacon: ‘Tropes’
Events, Tropes, and States, their Relation to Space and Time
Maienborn, C. (2007): ‘On Davidsonian and Kimian States’. In I. Comorovski / K. von Heusinger (eds.): Existence: Semantics and Syntax. Springer, 107-130.
The Semantics and Ontology of Tropes
Moltmann (2009): ‘Degree Structure as Trope Structure A Trope-Based Analysis of Comparative and Positive Adjectives’.Linguistics and Philosophy 32, 51-94.
------------( to appear): Abstract Objects and the Semantics of Natural Language, Chapter 2, Oxford UP (prepublication version on her website)
Variable Objects and Tropes with Intensional Bearers
Moltmann(2012): ‘Intensional Relative Clauses and the Notion of a Variable Object’. Proceedings of the 18th Amsterdam Colloquium (2011).Springer.
The Semantics and Ontology of ‘Cases’
Existence Predicates and Minor Entities
Moltmann (2011): ‘Existence Predicates’. In I. Reich et al. (ed.): Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung15 (2010), Saarland University Press, Saarbruecken, pp. 31-54.
Case and Agreement
Part 1: Dependent case as binding theory
Marantz, Alec. 2000. Case and Licensing. In E. Reuland, ed. Arguments and Case: Explaining Burzio's Generalization. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
Baker, Mark and Nadya Vinokurova. 2010. Two modalities of case assignment: case in Sakha
Bobaljik, Jonathan. 2008. Where’s phi? Agreement as a post-syntactic operation. In Daniel Harbour, David Adger, and Susana Béjar eds. Phi-Theory: Phi features across interfaces and modules, Oxford University Press, 295-328.
Part 2: Case as categorial features
Pesetsky, David. 2010, revised 2012. Russian case morphology and the syntactic categories.
Part 3: Agreement and licensing
Harley, Heidi, and Elizabeth Ritter. 2002. Person and number in pronouns: A feature-geometric analysis. Language. 78:482–526.
Béjar, Susana, and Milan Rezac. 2009. Cyclic agree. Linguistic Inquiry. 40:35-73.
Preminger, Omer. 2011. Agreement as a fallible operation. Doctoral dissertation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, [chapters 2 & 3]
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