Date: 25.10. - 27.10.2012
Venue: ZAS, Schützenstr. 18, 10117 Berlin
Organization: Manfred Krifka, Rainer Ludwig, Alexander Grosu, Mathias Schenner
Internally headed relative constructions pose a challenge for any theory of the syntax/semantics interface, as the internal head's overt position is inside the relative clause, whereas semantically it combines with material outside the relative clause. There are two major strategies to deal with such cases: One is to enrich the syntactic component of the grammar (e.g. by assuming a separate level of syntactic representation, typically called "Logical Form", as the input to semantic interpretation). The other is to enrich the semantic component to make it deliver correct interpretations for surface syntactic structures (e.g. by assuming type-shifting operations on
meanings). The ultimate goal of our research is to compare the two kinds of approaches with respect to the ease and accuracy with which they can be employed for describing and explaining the various IHRC data. A necessary first step is, however, to deepen our understanding of the phenomenon itself.
Among the particular questions we aim to pursue are the following:
Call for further participants
There still are a few slots for presentations available. Potential contributors are invited to send an abstract to: ludwig(at)zas.gwz-berlin.de