An advanced introduction.
- Teacher: Pavel Caha (University of Tromsø)
- Theme: Spell-Out
- Slot: 08.30-10.30 (parallel session 1)
- Schedule | References
The course provides an introduction to a theory of the interface called Nanosyntax. Two main features of the theory are: 1) a fine grained syntactic decomposition and 2) a post-syntactic spell-out procedure based on phrasal lexicalization. The course covers both the ‘ideology’ and ‘technology’: what are the new tools, how and when to use them, and why it is interesting to pursue this line of research.
Day 1: Phrasal spell-out introduced
- Contents: How does phrasal spell-out work? What are its advantages?
- Reading: STARKE 2009, 2011; CAHA 2009 CH.2, TARALDSEN 2009 (MCCAWLEY 1968)
Day 2: *A-B-A
- Contents: Syncretism as a new diagnostic in linguistics
- READING: CAHA 2009 CH.1, PANTCHEVA 2010, TARALDSEN 2010 (BOBALJIK 2012 CH. 2, VANGSNES 2013)
Day 3: Spell-out driven movement
- Contents: Phrasal spell-out as a movement trigger
- READING: CAHA 2010, PANTCHEVA 2011 CH.7 (CINQUE 2005)
Day 4: Diagnosing sub-morphemic structure: ellipsis, concord
- Contents: Is there really syntactic structure inside morphemes? How can we tell?
- READING: CAHA 2013 (CAHA IN PRESS)
Day 5: Beyond *A-B-A
- Contents: Complex morphological systems
- READING: CAHA AND PANTCHEVA 2012 (CAHA 2012)
All links go to open access sources; brackets indicate where these may differ slightly from the official version
- Bobaljik, Jonathan. 2012. Universals in Comparative Morphology: Suppletion, superlatives, and the structure of words. MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass. (http://bobaljik.uconn.edu/papers/ucm201107.pdf)
- Caha, Pavel. 2009. The Nanosyntax of Case. Ph.D. thesis, CASTL, University of Tromsø. http://munin.uit.no/bitstream/handle/10037/2203/thesis.pdf?sequence=1
- Caha, Pavel. 2010. The parameters of case marking and spell out driven movement. Linguistic variation yearbook 2010 10: 33–78. (http://ling.auf.net/lingbuzz/001026)
- Caha, Pavel. 2012. GEN.SG=NOM.PL: a mystery solved? Ms, CASTL, Tromsø. http://ling.auf.net/lingbuzz/001722
- Caha, Pavel. 2013. Czech numerals and no bundling. Ms, CASTL, Tromsø. http://ling.auf.net/lingbuzz/001723
- Caha, Pavel. In press. Explaining the structure of case paradigms through the mechanisms of Nanosyntax. NLLT. (http://ling.auf.net/lingbuzz/001720)
- Caha, Pavel and Marina Pantcheva. 2012. Tools in Nanosyntax. Talk at CASTL Decennium, Tromso. http://ansatte.uit.no/marina.pantcheva/pres/conf/Caha‐Pantcheva‐toolsHO.pdf
- Cinque, Guglielmo. 2005. Deriving Greenberg’s universal 20 and its exceptions. Linguistic Inquiry 36: 315–332. http://lear.unive.it/bitstream/10278/91/1/Greenberg-‐LI.pdf
- McCawley, James D. 1968. Lexical insertion in a transformational grammar without Deep Structure. In Papers from the fourth regional meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society, edited by B. J. Darden, C.-‐J. N. Bailey, and A. Davidson. University of Chicago, Chicago.
- Pantcheva, Marina. 2010. The syntactic structure of locations, goals, and sources. Linguitics 48: 1043–1081. (http://ling.auf.net/lingbuzz/000763)
- Pantcheva, Marina. 2011. Decomposing Path. The nanosyntax of directional expressions. Ph.D. thesis, CASTL, Tromsø. http://ling.auf.net/lingbuzz/001351
- Starke, Michal. 2009. Nanosyntax. A short primer to a new approach to language. In Nordlyd 36: Special issue on Nanosyntax, edited by Peter Svenonius, Gillian Ramchand, Michal Starke, and Tarald Taraldsen, pp. 1–6. University of Tromsø, Tromsø. Available at www.ub.uit.no/munin/nordlyd/.
- Starke, Michal. 2011. Towards elegant parameters: Language variation reduces to the size of lexically stored trees. Transcipt from a talk at Barcelona Workshop on Linguistic Variation in the Minimalist Framework. http://ling.auf.net/lingBuzz/001183
- Taraldsen, Tarald. 2009. Lexicalizing number and gender in Lunigiana. In Nordlyd 36: Special issue on Nanosyntax, edited by Peter Svenonius, Gillian Ramchand, Michal Starke, and Tarald Taraldsen, pp. 113–127. University of Tromsø, Tromsø. Available at www.ub.uit.no/munin/nordlyd/.
- Taraldsen, Tarald. 2010. The nanosyntax of Nguni noun class prefixes and concords. Lingua 120 6: 1522 – 1548. (http://ling.auf.net/lingbuzz/000876 -‐-‐ published version differs substantially)
- Vangsnes, Øystein. 2013. Syncretism and functional expansion in Germanic wh-‐ expressions. Language Sciences 36: 47‒65.