CANCELLED: Lecture: Michael T. Putnam

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

"Just How Strong are Strong Islands?" Dr. Michael T. Putnam, Pennsylvania State University.

Abstract: Aside from working memory constraints, filler-gap dependencies (i.e., [Which guitar]1 did Kirk bring __1 to the concert?) are unbounded in nature and can involve an infinite number of clauses. Although filler-gap dependencies are not clause-bound, they are nonetheless subject to certain constraints (Ross 1967). Syntactic structures that do not allow extraction from a particular domain are commonly referred to as islands. Although the exact nature of island phenomena continues to be a source of debate and controversy, there is a general consensus in the literature that a dichotomy exists between weak islands, which can be ameliorated under certain conditions, and strong islands, which cannot. In this presentation we reinvestigate the merits of this long-standing distinction. Drawing upon recent research by Chaves & Putnam (2020; Unbounded Dependency Constructions: Theoretical and Experimental Perspectives, OUP), I demonstrate that one traditional strong island; namely, extraction from tensed adjunct clauses, does in fact satiate under exposure to multiple exemplars under certain pragmatic conditions. I discuss what these findings mean for achieving a more nuanced ontology of island phenomena moving forward.

Thursday, April 2 at 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Tate Student Center, 480
45 Baxter Street, Athens, GA 30605

Event Type

Lectures and Discussions

Audience

Current Students, Faculty & Staff, Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students

Topic

Research

Website

https://linguistics.uga.edu/events/co...

Cost

$0

Department
Department of Linguistics
Event Contact Name

Jessica Gordy

Event Contact Phone Number

706-542-2846

Event Contact Email

gordy@uga.edu

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