Seminar in Syntactic Theory
Howard Lasnik, instructor
1106 Marie Mount Hall
<lasnik [AT] UMD [DOT] edu>
Monday afternoons & evenings
Thursday all day (until 5:00)
Issues in Ellipsis
-The nature of ellipsis: PF deletion or LF copying or WYSIWYG?
-The proper formulation of the 'identity' requirement: semantic, formal, some combination?
-Repair by ellipsis: What kinds of violations can/can't be repaired by ellipsis? And implications for the architecture of the grammar.
We will look at some of the older literature on these questions (e.g., Ross on Sluicing, Sag's thesis, May's book) and, of course, more recent stuff, by Merchant, by me, and by others.
More info to follow.
-Three installments of class notes: a joint enterprise with all students
deciding how to divide up the work.
NEW: The final version of the student class notes project can be found here.
-A proposal for a paper on a topic in ellipsis, summarizing the problem, presenting key data, and giving relevant bibliography.