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Island effects and their absence with multiple questions in Bulgarian

Abstract: Grammars exhibit island effects. That is to say, the linguistic knowledge a speaker has prevents them from forming questions in certain environments. For example, the string "Who did you meet the professor that taught?" cannot be used to ask who is the person such that you met the professor who taught that person. In this talk, I report experimental evidence concerning the possible obviation of island effects in Bulgarian with multiple questions.


Adam Liter leads the General Meeting with a presentation of work within his dissertation project, "Subjacency, the Empty Category Principle, and the nature of constraints on phrase movement."

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This talk, you should attend (to understand this sentence).

Judith Aissen (UC Santa Cruz) will give a talk on information structure. The talk is officially part of Masha Polinsky's class, but everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.


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Angela Xiaoxue He will present her dissertation defense on "Verb Learning Under Guidance: Syntax-to-Semantics Inferences."


At this week’s lab meeting, we’ll be hearing from Dustin Chacón, who will be talking about “Resumptives: the pronouns that we maybe now understand them”. He’ll talk about background on parsing long distance dependencies and on the murky status of resumptive pronouns, and then he’ll summarize some experiments that he has recently carried out, plus new experiments that are in the planning stages.

Language Science Day 2014

LSD marked the 1-year anniversary of the Maryland Language Science Center, showcasing many ideas and initiatives launched over the past year.


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