Thursday, December 29, 2022

The Sleeping Child

Chomsky 1957 discusses the following paradigm contrasting adjectives like interesting and present participles like sleeping (see pages 73-75):

Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Biography: On the River

 When I was around eight, my family’s standard of living shot upward dramatically. John Todd, a senior partner in my father’s law firm, settled a case involving a person who became a paraplegic as the result of an auto accident. The liability in the case was clear, so the only question was ‘how much.’ My father used his portion of the substantial settlement for the mortgage on a house on the banks of the St. Croix river in Prescott Wisconsin, which is approximately half hour drive from the Twin Cities in Minnesota. That house was by far the most beautiful house I have ever lived in, and perhaps the most beautiful house I have ever set foot into.

100,000 Hits

My blog has reached 100,000 hits as of December 1, 2022. The monthly average is over 2,500 hits/per month for the last six months. 100,000 seems like a significant threshold in the evolution of my blog!!! When I get to a million, we will have a real celebration.

Friday, December 9, 2022

Stranding Quirky Case: Revisiting Case Connectivity in Icelandic

The distribution of quirky case in control and raising structures has been taken as a strong argument against Hornstein’s 1999 movement analysis of control (see for example, Landau 2003 amongst many others). In this squib, I argue that it is possible to adopt a movement analysis of control, while at the same time capturing the distribution of quirky case. 

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