Spell-out, spans, and the syntactic definition of word

Speaker:  Peter Svenonius - UiT - University of Tromsรธ
  Thursday, June 30, 2022 at 5:00 PM

Il prossimo ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿฌ ๐—ด๐—ถ๐˜‚๐—ด๐—ป๐—ผ ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ, il prof. Peter Svenonius (UiT Norges arktiske universitet / CASTL, University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway) terrà un seminario dal titolo:

๐—ฆ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—น-๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜, ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜€, ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐˜†๐—ป๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฐ ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ

 Aula Co-Working, Palazzo di Lingue h. 17.00-19.00

๐—”๐—ฏ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜: It has proven so difficult to come up with a satisfying ๐—ป๐—ผ๐—ป-๐—ฝ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ผ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ผ๐—ณ ‘๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ’ that some linguists have taken to denying its very existence. Yet it seems obvious to everyone else that there are words, even if we find it difficult to define them precisely in a way that is relevant to syntax. ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜ ๐˜€๐˜†๐—ป๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฐ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ ๐—บ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜, according to which a word can be defined as a maximal X0 (i.e., an X0 which is not dominated by any other X0). However, syntactic head movement is theoretically problematic for a number of reasons. Some people have therefore suggested that head-movement is not syntactic, in which case it gets us no closer to a syntactic definition of word. It is therefore important to explore alternatives. One such alternative to head movement is based on the notion of ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜€, ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ต ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—พ๐˜‚๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐˜€ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป. They are combined by External Merge, not Internal Merge. From the perspective of a span-based theory of spell-out, what we intuitively call ๐—ฎ ๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ฏ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ฎ ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ป that is spelled out in a single cycle. I show how this way of thinking about words is useful, compared to various alternatives.

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Programme Director
Stefan Rabanus

Publication date
June 20, 2022