CUNY Syntax Supper: Michael Yoshitaka Erleweine (MIT)
MAR 18, 2014 | 6:30 PM TO 8:00 PM
The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
March 18, 2014: 6:30 PM-8:00 PM
Speaker: Michael Yoshitaka Erleweine (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Title: Anti-locality and anti-agreement
A'-extraction of subjects is cross-linguistically marked, requiring changes in verb or complementizer morphology. In this talk I introduce the idea that many such quirks of subject extraction are due to the subject being *too close* to the edge of the clause. I will first motivate this view using the distribution of the Agent Focus construction in Kaqchikel (Mayan; Guatemala), a change in verbal morphology which occurs when a transitive subject (ergative argument) is A'-extracted. I then discuss the application of this proposal to other Mayan languages, as well as other types of anti-agreement effects beyond Mayan. This approach explains certain cross-linguistic generalizations regarding anti-agreement, described in work by Ouhalla (1993) and Phillips (1998).
All are welcome!
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