Linguistics Colloquium: Julie Anne Legate (UPenn)
MAR 06, 2014 | 4:15 PM TO 6:15 PM
The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
March 06, 2014: 4:15 PM-6:15 PM
SPEAKER: Julie Anne Legate (UPenn)
VoiceP: Noncanonical Passives
In this talk, I investigate the syntactic structure of voice, focusing on noncanonical passives; I build on previous work by myself and others showing that voice is encoded in a functional projection, VoiceP, which is distinct from, and higher than, vP. I demonstrate that microvariation in the properties of VoiceP explains a wide range of noncanonical passives, including agent-agreeing passives, restricted agent passives, accusative object passives, impersonals, and object voice. The analysis draws on data from a typologically diverse set of languages, including Malayo-Polynesian, Celtic, Scandinavian, and Slavic.
Professor Legate has been kind enough to offer to meet with anyone who would like to speak with her before her talk. She will be available for meetings between 1:00 and 4:00 pm on March 6. If you are interested, please email Nora at firstname.lastname@example.org.