On Thursday 11/17, 1:00-2:00pm in Bousfield A101-A, Eva Gan will present some original work entitled “Indexical shift and perspective blend in Hong Kong Sign Language (HKSL)”.
On 11/10 at 1pm in Bousfield A101-A, Xuetong Yuan will lead us in a discussion of Mandelkern and Dorst 2022 “Assertion is Weak.”
On Thursday 11/3 at 1:00pm in Bousfield A101-A, Yusuke Yagi will present Kuhn 2021 ‘The dynamics of negative concord.’
We will meet on Thursday, October 27 at 1pm in Bousfield A101-A.
Teru Mizuno will present some ongoing dissertation research. See title, abstract and suggested background reading below.
Title: Composing counterfactual desire reports
Abstract: Counterfactual desire reports, expressed for instance by English ‘wish‘, describe one’s desires whose attainment is deemed unlikely or impossible at the actual world. Building on cross-linguistic comparison across languages, especially, English, Greek, Spanish, Slovenian and Japanese, I propose a novel, fine-grained compositional account of counterfactual desire reports.
von Fintel and Iatridou (2022) ‘Prolegomena to a theory of X-marking’ (http://lingphil.scripts.mit.edu/papers/iatridou/fintel-iatridou-2020-x.pdf)
On October 6th at 1pm in Bousfield A101-A, Muyi Yang will present a part of her ongoing dissertation research:
Conditional questions as definite descriptions
Abstract: Although conditional questions like “If we throw a party next week, who should we invite?” have been studied in the literature of formal semantics (Isaacs & Rawlins 2008), conditional questions about elements inside the antecedents that are allowed in many wh-in-situ languages have remained largely unnoticed. This paper discusses a phenomenon in Japanese (and Korean) that some conditional markers block wh-questions about elements inside conditional antecedents. I adopt the recent analysis of conditionals as definite descriptions (Schlenker 2004 a.o.), and argue that this blocking effect of wh-elements inside conditional antecedents is an analogue of the ban on wh-extraction out of anaphoric definites discussed by Simonenko (2015).
Muyi Yang will present a practice of her SALT talk “Singularity and plurality of discourse reference to worlds.”
We will have a meeting this Thursday, April 14 from 12:45 to 1:45 in Oak 338.
Xuetong Yuan will lead a discussion of the paper “Resistance and Resolution: Attentional Dynamics in Discourse” by Bledin and Rawlins, 2020.
Find the paper at the link below.
This week Muyi Yang will lead us in a discussion of “When if or when specify modals” by Jos Tellings.
The meeting is at the usual time: Thursday, April 7 at 12:45-1:45 in Oak 338.
Find the link to the paper below.
We will meet this Thursday 3/31 from 12:45 to 1:45 in Oak 338 to discuss “Counterfactuality and Past” by Kilu von Prince.
Stefan will lead the discussion. You can find open access to the paper at the link below.
Here is an updated schedule of upcoming presentations:
3/31: Stefan Kaufmann leads the discussion of von Prince 2019
4/7: Muyi Yang leads discussion of Tellings 2021 “When if or when Specify Modals”
4/28: Muyi Yang SALT practice talk