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University of Connecticut College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Linguistics

8th Linguistics Roundtable

Published on December, 7 2018 at 11:24am

Saturday, December 8th, 2018

10:00AM-4:45PM Oak Hall 112



Coffee & Doughnuts


Opening Remarks

Session 1

10:30-10:55 Hiromune Oda Toward unification of CLLD and Clitic Doubling: a view from Japanese
It has been controversial in the literature whether Clitic-Left Dislocation (CLLD) and Clitic Doubling can be unified. A major problem of the unification view is that there are languages that allow CLLD but not Clitic Doubling such as Italian and French. In this talk, I aim to resolve this issue from a perspective of Japanese.
10:55-11:20 Teruyuki Mizuno The structure of hypothetical comparison
Hypothetical comparison (HC), exemplified by 'as if' in English, expresses a resemblance of the manner or degree between the matrix clause and the hypothetical situation. Despite the very poor attention so far, HC offers a number of intriguing semantic puzzles because of its constructional complexity and diverse morphological realizations among languages. This study investigates the semantics of HC with a special focus on English, German and Japanese.
11:20-11:45 Pietro Cerrone & Jon Sprouse Testing split-intransitivity: an experimental investigation of two diagnostics in Italian

Lunch Break

Session 2

12:45-1:10 Pasha Koval TBA
1:10-1:35 Muyi Yang Performativity in Japanese declaratives
I discuss non-modalized declaratives in Japanese that can express performative meanings (i.e. non-assertive speech acts). I’ll try to motivate a modalized account, in which the propositional and the presuppositional content of the proposed modal come in separate forms. I’ll also compare performative declaratives with other canonical types of performative expressions, such as imperatives and some deontic modals.
1:35-2:00 Xuetong Yuan Towards a unified account of Mandarin utterance-final particle "ba"
In this talk I will explore the meaning of Mandarin particle “-ba” in interaction with intonation and the clause types of the anchors it attaches to. It is generally assumed that the effects of “-ba” include uncertainty, confirmation-seeking, and politeness. I will argue that i) “-ba” weakens the effects of declaratives and imperatives that it attaches; ii) “-ba” marked wh-questions exhaust the space of discourse possibilities, asking the addressee to give the answer in the next move; iii) p-ba requires semi-reliable evidence.

Coffee Break

Session 3

2:20-2:45 Nic Schrum That presentation of the pattern of Nic's: Multiple genitives in English nominalizations
This presentation will discuss preliminary work on the interaction of the English 'postnominal genitive' or 'double genitive' construction (of John's) with complex event nominalizations. In particular I'll look at the (in?)ability of the double genitive to act as a subject or agent, and their interaction with the existing ergative pattern of English nominalizations.
2:45-3:10 Si Kai Lee Variable Variable Binding and Wholesale Late Merger
In (Singaporean) English, there is a distinction between the grammaticality of the following sentences: *John likes Mary's picture of himself vs.??John likes Mary's pictures of himself. I examine if this distinction is due to the application of wholesale late merger.
3:10-3:35 Kangzheng Gao Quantification function of Chinese collective and container classifiers in child Mandarin
In this study, we conduct 2 experiments using Truth Value Judgment Task and find that 4-to-6-year old Mandarin-speaking children are aware of the quantification function of Chinese collective and container classifiers. The findings are consistent with Huang (2009) and Duan (2010), supporting the syntactic account of the acquisition of the countability in Mandarin Chinese.

Coffee Break

Session 4

3:55-4:20 Sarah Asinari TBA
4:20-4:45 Yuya Noguchi What sluicing tells about imperatives: a case study of Japanese
This presentation considers how (Japanese) imperatives are associated with sluicing. We will show that this observation suggests that the structure of Japanese imperatives is not so poor and that it contains a modal element.

General discussion, hanging out, and Dinner Reception