Fall School for Formal Syntax and Formal Semantics (3-FS): call
will include a range of mini-courses/research seminars on various topics in formal syntax, formal semantics and formal pragmatics.
All course materials can be found here.
Pavel Caha (Masaryk University): Nanosyntax
The class will introduce the current stage of the Nanosyntax model of grammar, especially its later stages where phrasal spellout comes along with spellout-driven movement, backtracking derivations, Spec formation etc. While introducing these tools, I will be simultaneously investigating the phenomenon of case competition. Case competition arises in contexts where the grammar requires two cases on a single nominal, but only one of them gets to surface. In such constructions, the cases compete and the conflict is resolved according to a set of rules. These rules can, of course, be stated in a completely ad hoc fashion, say: in a language L, in a construction C, a case K1 wins over case K2. The goal of any theory is to move beyond such ad hoc statements, and replace them by general grammatical processes whose output the statements describe. My main goal will be to show that once we have the Nanosyntax model of grammar, we will need no rule of case competition at all, its effects entirely derivable from independent proposals about how the grammar works. The empirical discussion will start with Ossetic numerals and move on – hopefully – to Russian numerical phrases (though that remains to be seen).
Barbara Partee (University of Massachusetts Amherst): The History of Formal Semantics
David Pesetsky (Massachusetts Institute of Technology): Case and Clause Type
In this course we will explore the form and internal structure of comparative constructions in a variety of languages, including Russian, English, Japanese, Turkish, Tatar, Bashkir, Chuvash and some Uralic languages. The focus will be on the so-called phrasal comparatives, in which the standard of comparison is expressed by a single phrase, typically a noun phrase (e.g. Mary is taller than her brother). In particular, we will review the famous debate on the syntactic structure behind phrasal standards, i.e. whether there is nothing beyond the NP in this position or whether there is an underlying clause, a part of which is unpronounced. In addition, we will consider interesting constraints on the object of comparison that the standard NP is contrasted with and discuss open and challenging questions that comparative constructions pose to current theorizing.
Students who wish to enroll should submit an online form to be found here.
In addition to classes, there will be a poster session where enrolled students could present their own research in formal syntax, semantics or pragmatics. Abstracts for the poster session should be sent to email@example.com by August 10. Abstracts should be anonymous, they should not exceed two pages, including examples and references, with margins of at least 1 inch/2.5 cm, in 12-point type. (Please note, that participation in the poster session is not obligatory.)
Early registration fees: 2000 rubles
Late registration fees: 3000 rubles
The organizing committee provides visa support.
Early registration deadline: August 10, 2019
Late registration deadline: September 1, 2019
Abstract submission deadline: August 10, 2019
School dates: September 1-7, 2019
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