CUNY Syntax Supper: Darrel Larsen (University of Delaware)

MAR 04, 2014 | 6:30 PM TO 8:00 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue




March 04, 2014: 6:30 PM-8:00 PM




Speaker: Darrel Larsen (University of Delaware)

Title: Particle-verb Constructions and the Particle-in-situ Hypothesis

Starting from the assumption that particles are optionally projecting syntactic heads, this talk defends the claim that nonprojecting particles remain in situthroughout the derivation, despite forming a complex head with the verb upon merging into the derivation.  This contrasts with the widely held opinion that (nonprojecting) particles undergo head movement as part of a complex verb in one or more syntactic phenomena.  Evidence supporting this conclusion is provided from both OV and VO Germanic languages.  The talk will also address the formerly strongest arguments in favor of the Particle-non-in-situ Hypothesis: the behavior of particles in Quotative Inversion and Verb Raising constructions.  I show that the recent account of Quotative Inversion in Bruening (to appear) is fully compatible with the Particle-in-situ hypothesis, and I develop a novel account of the Verb Raising construction which exactly predicts the possible orderings of verbs and auxiliaries within the verb cluster as well as the behavior of the particle within the construction.