Linguistics Colloquium: Alec Marantz (NYU)
MAY 10, 2018 | 4:15 PM TO 6:00 PM
The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
May 10, 2018: 4:15 PM-6:00 PM
Alec Marantz (NYU) presents:
Re-establishing the autonomy of syntax: Abstract morphemes build interpretable structures
Contemporary generative syntacticians tend to endorse principles associated with generative semantics such that argument structure can be read off of or can project underlying syntactic structure (principles related to UTAH but also to approaches associated with, e.g., Borer and Ramchand). I will argue in opposition that the principles of syntactic structure building are truly autonomous such that underlying syntactic structure is determined neither by “theta theory” nor by considerations of aspectual or argument structure. The resulting system of interpretive semantics and phonology better explains both cross-linguistic uniformity and cross-linguistic diversity in the expression of semantic relations.
All are welcome!
Refreshments to follow in room 7400