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Past Events

Oct19

Linguistics Colloquium: When You Can Sluice What: a talk by Matthew Barros, Yale University

Linguistics

Thursday, October 19, 2017 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Robinson Hall A, #447

I claim that two generalizations about sluicing in the recent literature are epiphenomenal, emerging from the interaction of independent properties of sluicing and answerhood. The primary focus is on the generalization in Dayal & Schwarzschild 2010, dubbed Antecedent-Correlate Harmony (ACH). The empirical pattern is shown to follow from how the semantics of Wh-phrases and correlates interact with Barker’s (in press) Answer Ban generalization, where the antecedent cannot be an answer to the sluiced question. In the latter part of the paper, I shift focus from ACH to the Answer Ban and show how the Answer Ban fills a previously unnoticed gap in Romero’s (1998) empirical coverage of Inheritance of Content effects in sluicing. The Answer Ban is, in turn, shown to follow straightforwardly from the recent semantic condition on sluicing proposed in AnderBois 2011.

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Oct17

linguistics research brownbag

come hear and discuss recent linguistic work in the department

Linguistics

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Robinson Hall A, #447

every tuesday at noon. students and faculty meet to talk about their research. alway informal, sometimes planned presentations. just come with a lunch!

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Oct13

Visiting Writers Series Presents Karan Mahajan

Creative Writing

Friday, October 13, 2017 6:00 PM
Johnson Center, Meeting Room F, 3rd Floor

Karan was born in 1984 and grew up in New Delhi, India. His first novel, Family Planning (2008), was a finalist for the International Dylan Thomas Prize, and his second novel, The Association of Small Bombs (2016), was a finalist for the 2016 National Book Awards and was named one of the “10 Best Books of 2016” by the New York Times. Karan’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker online, The Believer, and NPR’s All Things Considered, among others.

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Oct11

Visiting Writers Series Presents David Shields

Creative Writing

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 6:00 PM
Johnson Center, George's, 3rd Floor

David Shields is the author of  Reality Hunger, The Thing About Life Is That One Day You’ll Be Dead, Black Planet, and Other People: Takes and Mistakes. The recipient of Guggenheim and NEA fellowships, Shields has published essays and stories in the New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, Esquire, Yale Review, Salon, Slate, McSweeney’s, and Believer. His work has been translated into twenty languages.

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Oct5

GMU linguistics society organizational meeting

Linguistics

Thursday, October 5, 2017 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Robinson Hall A, #447

the first meeting of the semester for the student-run linguistics society. open to all undergraduates and graduates in linguistics. come meet your fellow students, and help plan the fall and spring activities. refreshments provided.

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Oct3

linguistics research brownbag

come hear and discuss recent linguistic work in the department

Linguistics

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 12:00 PM
Robinson Hall A, #447

every tuesday at noon. students and faculty meet to talk about their research. alway informal, sometimes planned presentations. just come with a lunch!

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