Negation and distributivity marking (evaluating a concord analysis)

Mercredi 10 Juillet 2019, 09:30 to 17:30
Carmen Sorin (LLF)

LLF – Bât. ODG – 5e étage – Salle du conseil (533)

9h30-12h30 Hedde Zeijlstra
The syntax of negative concord and its consequences for theories of agree(ment)
This mini-course consists of two parts. In the first part, I argue that Negative Concord is best analysed as an instance syntactic agreement, where one or more morphosyntactically negative elements agree with a higher, possibly covert, negative operator. I argue how this approach can account for the syntactic and semantic properties of Negative Concord, as well as the cross-linguistic variation that can be attested with respect to that. In the second part of the talk, I will discuss the more general consequences of this agreement mechanism. In short, I will argue that the features involved in this type of agreement relation should not be thought of as ‘interpretable’ and ‘uninterpretable’ features but rather as independent or dependent categorial features. I will furthermore explore what the consequences are of such a feature architecture to better understand general syntactic operations, such as agree, merge, selection and labeling.

14h Bujar Rushiti
Share Marking in Albanian

15h30 Lucia Tovena
Distributive configurations and ratio marking

16h30 Patricia Cabredo-Hofherr & Urtzi Etxeberria
Distributive configurations and distributive numerals in Basque