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LINGUIST List 20.1511

Tue Apr 21 2009

Confs: Linguistic Theories, Morphology, Syntax/Spain

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        1.    Hector Fernandez Alcalde, CCHS-CSIC Seminar on Theoretical Linguistics

Message 1: CCHS-CSIC Seminar on Theoretical Linguistics
Date: 21-Apr-2009
From: Hector Fernandez Alcalde <hector.fernandezcchs.csic.es>
Subject: CCHS-CSIC Seminar on Theoretical Linguistics
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CCHS-CSIC Seminar on Theoretical Linguistics
Short Title: LyCC Colloquium Series

Date: 27-Apr-2009 - 27-Apr-2009
Location: Madrid, Spain
Contact: Hector Fernandez Alcalde
Contact Email: seminariolycc.cchscchs.csic.es
Meeting URL: http://www.ile.csic.es/linguistica/seminario

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories; Morphology; Syntax

Meeting Description:

Susanna Padrosa: 'Compounds in Distributed Morphology: Pros and Cons'

According to the framework of Distributed Morphology (DM), there is no component
specifically designed for word formation. Instead, there is a unique generative
component, namely syntax, which is responsible for both word and phrase
structure. The syntax manipulates terminals which can contain two types of
morphemes: abstract morphemes and roots (symbolised by ?). The former are
bundles of universal grammatical features (e.g. [Past]), and are related to
functional categories, while the latter are complexes of language-specific
phonological features, are assumed to be category neutral (e.g. ?cat), and are
related to lexical categories. Roots need to be categorized by a functional node
containing categorial information (i.e. nº, aº, vº). A tree structure, which is
derived by syntactic operations like Merge and Move, is sent to LF and PF
(Chomsky 1995). On the way to PF, terminal nodes can undergo some readjustment
operations (e.g. fusion, fission), before they are given phonological content by
insertion of Vocabulary Items (which occurs in a competitive fashion). Such
readjustment operations can explain mismatches between syntactic and
morphological structure (cf. Marantz 1997, 2001; Embick & Noyer 2007, among others).

In this talk, compounds in the DM framework will be considered by exploring
Harley's (2008) contribution. Harley understands compounding as being equivalent
to incorporation structures (cf. Baker 1988) and assumes that internal arguments
and modifiers of roots are merged with roots first, before the root undergoes
categorization. Synthetic argument compounds (e.g. truck driver) and synthetic
modifier compounds (e.g. quick-acting) are given the same analysis [...].
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