Sunday, December 5, 2021

MaS2 (Morphology as Syntax 2)


The second Morphology as Syntax workshop (MaS2), organized by UCLA, will take place online on June 10-11 2022, from 9 am-12.30pm PDT (Please adjust to your local time zone). 

The purpose of the workshop is to investigate the relationship between morphology and syntax, and in particular to investigate the extent to which morphological generalizations can be accounted for in terms of purely syntactic operations and conditions.  See here for MaS1.

The workshop will involve talks by invited speakers followed by question periods, and comments by panel members followed by general discussion. Here is the line-up of speakers and panel members:

Invited speakers (in alphabetical order): 

Pavel Caha,  

Norbert Corver, 

Karen De Clercq

Marit Julien

Heather Newell

Dimitrios Ntelitheos and 

Edwin Williams

Panel members: 

Antonio Fábregas

Michelle Sheehan

The workshop will be free. Please spread the word. Hope to see many of you on zoom in June.

--Hilda Koopman

(on behalf of my fellow UCLA organizers, Stefan Keine and Harold Torrence)

Thursday, November 4, 2021

Noam Chomsky Lecture at NYU (November 4, 2021)

Professor Noam Chomsky gave a lecture by Zoom at NYU on November 4, 2021. The lecture was part of my seminar "Argument Structure in Minimalist Syntax". He talked about the historical context leading up to his famous 1970 paper "Remarks on Nominalization". At the end of the lecture, there was a question and answer period of around 15 minutes long.

Chomsky Lecture

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Audio Recording a Fieldwork Session

When you go into the field, and record a fieldwork session, you can either record the whole session, or you can record each utterance. For example, suppose that you are interested in subject pronouns, and you want to transcribe the full paradigm. One way to do this is to press the start button on your recording device at the beginning of the session, and the stop button at the end. That way, you will have recorded the whole session. The other way is to record each individual sentence and word that you elicit. 

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Stroik on Middles

Thomas Stroik has published six articles on middles. I have found these articles useful in thinking about the middle, and I have also found them to resonate in certain ways with the analysis of the passive in Collins 2005 (in particular, the conclusion that the implicit argument in the middle is syntactically projected). So I have listed them all in one place. Stroik 2000 is particularly difficult to find. If you need it, please let me know.

Stroik, Thomas. 1992. Middles and Movement. Linguistic Inquiry 23, 127-137.

Stroik, Thomas. 1995. On Middle Formation: A Reply to Zribi-Hertz. Linguistic Inquiry 26, 165-171.

Stroik, Thomas. 1999. Middles and Reflexivity. Linguistic Inquiry 30, 119-131.

Stroik, Thomas. 2000. Syntactic Controversies. LINCOM. [Chapter 6: On Argument Demotion]

Stroik, Thomas. 2005. Book Review: Markus Steinbach. Middle Voice: A comparative study in the syntax-semantics interface of German. (Linguistik Aktuell; 50). Journal of Comparative Germanic Linguistics 8, 225-241. 

Stroik, Thomas. 2006. Arguments in Middles. In Benjamin Lyngfelt and Torgrim Solstad (eds.), Demoting the Agent: Passive, Middle and other Voice Phenomena, 301-326. John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam.

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Friday, August 20, 2021

Nominal Possession in Tongugbe (Collins and Gotah)

 Abstract: Kpoglu 2019 notes that the choice of possessive markers in the Tongugbe dialect of Ewe depends on the plurality of the possessor. Building on his observations, we investigate possessive makers in Tongugbe in the case of plural mismatches, defined as cases where the DP is plural, but does not have a final plural marker. We show that both subject clitic doubling and possessor clitic doubling are obligatory in the case of plural mismatches.

Nominal Possession in Tongugbe

Sasi Videos (with translations into Setswana and English)

As part of my ELDP grant on documenting Sasi, I made the following subtitled videos and posted them to YouTube. The subtitles give the Sasi transcription, and also the English and Setswana translations.