UiL-OTS Yearbook 2005
The six papers in this volume represent work carried out by Ph.D.
researchers from the institute. Several of the papers were also presented
on the Uiltjesdagje in May 2005, the annual opportunity for Ph.D.
researchers to present their work to one another within the department. The
topics covered here include phonology, syntax, semantics and language
Battaglini argues that discrepancies between logically determined
inferences and the validity judgments of laymen about disjunctive
statements can be explained by processing issues. It is therefore not
necessary to revise the logical system in order to conform to laymen's
Keskin investigates accusative-assigning nouns in Turkish and demonstrates
the inadequacy of three attempts proposed in the literature to account for
Klimek proposes that pragmatic inferencing plays an important role in
determining temporal relations in discourse in Slavic as well as in
English, in spite of the comparatively rich aspectual morphology in Slavic
Mahanta presents an optimality theoretic account of regressive vowel
harmony in Assamese. She claims that harmony in certain derived
environments results from the need to realize a morpheme in the input,
which would otherwise be lost in the output, as a result of conflicting
Sevcenco examines the conditions under which long distance binding can
occur in Romanian. She shows that the anaphor must agree and check operator
features first with the local and then with the long distance subject, and
that focalization of the anaphor can aid the long distance interpretation.
Finally, Slioussar tackles the issue of scrambling in Russian, arguing
against Bailyn's account of the phenomenon, to the effect that all such
instances of scrambling have discourse-related effects.