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SynSem Discussion Group: The Concept of Workspace in Syntactic Theory

Andrew McInnerney
Friday, October 13, 2017
1:00-2:00 PM
403 Lorch Hall Map

The concept workspace increasingly makes an appearance in syntactic theory, yet it is rarely well defined, and its theoretical and empirical significance has often been overlooked. I identify at least two extant species of workspace prevalent in the literature, and I suggest an unattested formulation. I consider how differing instantiations of the workspace interact with other derivational apparatus such as Minimal Search and the Extension Condition. I also explore how the properties of the workspace may have empirical consequences for phenomena such as Merge-over-Move/Move-over-Merge effects. Other empirical domains which have the potential to be connected to properties of the workspace are also discussed.
Building: Lorch Hall
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Discussion, Language
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Department of Linguistics