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General Session Equal consideration will be given to papers from all areas of generative grammar, which may include syntactic theory, the syntax-semantics interface, the syntax-morphology interface, the syntax-phonology interface, syntactic acquisition, and any other syntax-related interests.
The general session of SICOGG 20 features a series of invited lectures by Professor Norvin Richards MITwhere various issues concerning cross-linguistic variation with respect to wh-movement will be re-examined from the perspective of the interface between syntax and phonology.
Below is a summary of the invited lecture, and we especially encourage submissions touching on any issues related Generative grammar this.
Syntactic work in the GB and Minimalist traditions commonly claims that languages can vary in the distribution of their overt movements. There are, for example, languages like Korean in which wh-phrases remain in situ, and others like English in which they standardly move; languages like English in which the subject must standardly move to a position above its theta-position, and others like Italian in which it apparently does not have to; languages in which verbs raise to T like French and languages in which they do not Englishand so forth.
What is still fairly poorly understood is why languages should vary in this way. The classic Minimalist way of annotating cross-linguistic differences in the distribution of overt movement amounts to a diacritic feature, or a diacritic property of features; languages have been said, for example, to be able to vary with respect to whether the feature driving wh-movement is 'weak' or 'strong'.
Such approaches are essentially a claim that no further explanation is possible; the difference between overt and covert movement is a basic parametric difference between languages, unrelated to any other differences.
The claim will be that languages do not vary syntactically, at least in this domain; the parameters of difference will be phonological and morphological, having to do with prosody, stress, and the distribution of different kinds of affixes.
It will be important to assume a different kind of architecture for the language faculty than we are familiar with; the construction of prosodic and metrical representations begins during the narrow syntactic derivation, and syntactic operations can be motivated by the need to improve these phonological representations.
The workshop will deal with the syntax of nominals and reduced nominal expressions. The first goal is to investigate the extended nominal projection and what sort of universal properties, if any, it has. The second goal is to investigate how the extended nominal projection can be restructured or reduced.
This question is based on the numerous studies of restructuring in the verbal domain, where infinitival clauses are typically argued to have a reduced structure, such as a TP.
Open questions include the following. What functional projections are found in the nominal? Is the functional hierarchy universal, language specific, or is language variation constrained in some way?
What kinds of reduced nominal expressions are found in natural language? Bare NPs, bare NumPs? How does this relate to noun incorporation and pseudo noun incorporation? We invite abstracts dealing with any of these questions or the syntax of nominals more broadly.
Abstracts must be submitted online at the following address: Then, follow the online guidelines to upload your abstract in either. Note, however, that the. Only electronic submissions through the aforementioned link will be considered. Submissions are limited to a maximum of one individual and one joint abstract per author.
Abstracts should be submitted no later than Sunday, April 29, Monday, April 23, extended. Authors will be notified of acceptance or rejection on or after Sunday, May 27, Oral presentations will be allotted 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes for discussion.Generative grammar is a linguistic theory that regards grammar as a system of rules that generates exactly those combinations of words that form grammatical sentences in a given language.
Noam Chomsky first used the term in relation to the theoretical linguistics of grammar that he developed in the late s. Linguists who follow the generative approach have been called generativists. Tool Module: Chomsky’s Universal Grammar During the first half of the 20th century, linguists who theorized about the human ability to speak did so from the .
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Generative grammar is a linguistic theory that regards grammar as a system of rules that generates exactly those combinations of words that form grammatical sentences in a given language.
Noam Chomsky first used the term in relation to the theoretical linguistics of grammar .
Generative grammar definition is - a description in the form of a set of rules for producing the grammatical sentences of a language. a description in the form of a set of rules for producing the grammatical sentences of a language; transformational grammar.
A signature feature of generative grammar is the view that humans have an innate "language faculty" and that the universal principles of human language reflect intrinsic properties of this language faculty. In learning their native languages, children acquire specific rules that determine the sound and meaning of utterances in the language.