[PLing] Blockseminar Mark Hale 16.04.-30.04
david.goldstein at univie.ac.at
Thu Apr 7 19:16:01 CEST 2016
This is just a reminder that Mark Hale will be offering a block seminar
on syntax between 16 and 30 April. The location and times of the
sessions are available on the Vorlesungsverzeichnis. Below you will find
an outline of the structure of the course.
I.A. The Very Big Picture: why are we doing this?
I.B. Why science? What obligations does adoption of a scientific
stance impose upon us?
I.C. How is Indo-European linguistics doing so far?
A: badly. The example of phonology (which we claim to
II. Core Assumptions About Syntax (seem necessary for ANY comprehensive
II.A. clauses are COMPOSED by a computational system in the mind
II.B. Three 'layers' of 'syntax-relevant' (as opposed to open-class
II.B.1. CORE PREDICATION: who did what to whom? (argument
structure, the VP domain)
II.B.2. 'GLUE' BETWEEN SUBJECT AND PREDICATE: under what
modality does the predication hold?
(tense, aspect, mood, negation, etc., the IP domain)
II.B.3. 'GLUE' BETWEEN CLAUSE AND DISCOURSE CONTEXT: how does
this predication relate to
the broader discourse context (information
structure, the CP domain)
II.C. Accessability of the various layers to analysis
II.C.1. semantically: CORE easiest, then MODALITY, then
II.C.2. structurally: DISCOURSE easiest, then MODALITY, then
II.C.3. lessons for our approach
III. Vedic Syntax
III.A. Phonology-Syntax Interface
III.A.1. It's nature, how it is (computationally) established
III.A.2. Sources of evidence in dead languages
III.A.3. The Vedic data
III.B. WH-movement, fronting-operations, etc.
III.C. Clitics, especially Wackernagel's Law
III.D. Putting it all together
IV. Attic Syntax seen against the backdrop of what we've learned so far
IV.A. WH-movement and clause structure
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