2014 Oct 09

Universals: Dan Lassiter (Stanford University)

5:30pm to 7:00pm


Boylston 335

Epistemic adjectives: Lexical semantics meets the psychology of reasoning

Epistemic adjectives – those expressing (un)certainty, such as 'possible', 'likely', 'certain' – are vague and admit of degree modification, like many non-modal adjectives. Recently a number of authors have observed that their modification behavior and the inferences that they license problematize received theories of epistemic modality in a number of ways (e.g., Yalcin 2010; Lassiter 2010, 2014). These authors have conclude that (at least some) epistemic adjectives should be treated as degree expressions...

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2014 Mar 05

Indo-European: Tyler Lau

5:15pm to 6:45pm


Boylston 303

Microvariation in Ryukyuan Verbal Morphology

2014 Feb 26

Universals: Boris Harizanov

Registration Closed 5:15pm to 7:00pm


2 Arrow Street

Syntactically decomposing denominal adjectives in Bulgarian
Consequences for the syntax-morphophonology interface


What are the atoms of syntax and how do they correspond to words? In this talk I address this question by documenting a certain kind of mismatch between the set of objects that syntax manipulates and morphophonological words. In particular, I provide novel empirical evidence from Bulgarian denominal adjectives that certain parts of words can behave syntactically as phrases...

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