Syntax/semantics reading group at NUS

The syntax/semantics reading group at NUS meets weekly during the semester. Each week we choose a paper to read and discuss, or someone will share their work in progress.


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2018–2019 Sem 2

We will meet Wednesdays at 4pm, in AS5 02-02. (Additional syn/sem events are also included, in bold.)

Day Topic/reading
Jan 18 3pm Ethan Jerzak “Paradoxical desires” (AS3 05-23)
Jan 23 Trinh 2009 “A constraint on copy deletion”
Jan 30 No meeting (staff meeting)
Feb 6 Chinese New Year: no meeting
Feb 8 3pm Dan Hoek “Questions in action” (AS3 05-23)
Feb 13 Djärv & Bacovcin 2019 “Prosodic effects on factive presupposition projection”
Feb 20 Dan Brodkin “West Sulawesi clitic placement”
Feb 27 Recess week: no meeting
Mar 6 Jenks 2018 “Articulated definiteness without articles”
Mar 13 Lee Junwen “A look at what real(ly) is doing”
Mar 20 Ritter & Wiltschko 2016 “Humanness as an alternative to case licensing”
Mar 27 Huang et al 2018 “Learning attitude verb meanings in a morphosyntactically-poor language via syntactic bootstrapping”
Apr 3 Mary Dalrymple “Reciprocal relations”
Apr 10 Mary Dalrymple “Reciprocal relations continued”
Apr 17  
May 3–4 Workshop: Recent Approaches to (Non-)Agentivity in Natural Language, organized by Tham Shiao Wei
Jun 6–7 Workshop: Approaches to Wh-Intervention, organized by Kenyon Branan and mitcho
Jul 13 Singapore Summer Meeting: A meeting of Austronesian fieldworkers (TBA)


2018–2019 Sem 1

Day Topic/reading
Aug 15 mitcho on relativization in Tibetan
Aug 22 (no meeting)
Aug 29 Cardinaletti & Starke 1999 “The typology of structural deficiency: A case study of the three classes of pronouns”
Sep 5 Heim 1983 “On the projection problem for presuppositions”
Sep 12 Merchant 2015 “On ineffable predicates: Bilingual Greek–English code-switching under ellipsis”
Sep 19 Huang 1988 Wo pao de kuai and Chinese phrase structure”
Sep 26 Recess week: no meeting
Oct 3 Tham Shiao Wei “Agentivity and the encoding of caused events”
Oct 10 Constant 2014 “Contrastive topic: Meanings and realizations” chapters 1 and 2
Oct 17 Constant 2014 sections 3.1–3.2, 5
Oct 24 Constant 2014 chapter 6 on Mandarin ne
Oct 31 4pm TC Chen “Case-Stacking in Amis” (reading room)
Nov 7 4pm Kenyon Branan “Stress, Goals, and Word Order” (reading room)

2017–2018 Sem 2

Day Topic/reading
Jan 17 4pm Hadas Kotek “Multiple sluicing, scope, and superiority” (joint work with Matt Barros)
Jan 24 Gunlogson 2002 “Declarative questions”
Jan 31 Norris to appear “Unmarked case in Estonian nominals”
Feb 7 Biberauer, Holmberg, and Roberts 2014 “A syntactic universal and its consequences”
Feb 14 Aldridge 2017 “Extraction asymmetries in ergative and accusative languages”
Feb 21 Fox & Pesetsky 2005 “Cyclic linearization of syntactic structure”
Mar 1–2 Workshop on Current Issues in Comparative Syntax!
Mar 7 (no meeting)
Mar 14 von Fintel 1993 “Exceptive constructions”
Mar 21 4pm Hideki Kishimoto “Revisiting ECM constructions in Japanese”
Mar 28 Soh 2018 “Mandarin Chinese sentence final de as a marker of private evidence”
Apr 4 4pm E McCready “Honorification and Social Role”
Apr 11 Abels 2012 “The Italian left periphery: A view from locality “
Apr 18 Naga Selvanathan “The Malay meN prefix and A-movement”

2017–2018 Sem 1

Day Topic/reading
Aug 24 Cole & Hermon 2005 “Subject And Non-subject Relativization in Indonesian”
Fri Aug 25 4pm Helen Jeoung “Alternations in Indonesian C”
Aug 31 Rullmann 1994 “Negative islands aren’t islands”
Sep 7 Yosuke Sato “Particle stranding ellipsis in Japanese, string deletion, and argument ellipsis”
Wed Sep 13 4pm Vera Hohaus “Negative Indefinites and the Degree Equative: A Solution to Penka (2011)’s Puzzle” (joint work with Malte Zimmermann)
Sep 14 Naga Selvanathan “Cleft constructions in Tamil and Anti-agreement”
Sep 21 Collins 2016 “Composition and definiteness without articles: A case study in Tagalog”
Sep 28 Recess week: no meeting
Oct 5 Aravind 2017 “Successive cyclicity in DPs: Evidence from Mongolian nominalized clauses”
Oct 12 Lassiter 2016 Must, knowledge, and (in)directness”
Oct 19 Sauerland 2003 “Intermediate Adjunction with A-Movement”
Oct 26 Johnson 1991 “Object positions”
Mon Oct 30 11am Trang Phan “A Nano-Syntax account of the Negation Constraint on the Perfect in Vietnamese”
Nov 2 Sauerland & Yatsushiro 2017 “Remind-me presuppositions and Speech-Act decomposition”