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Linguistics Research Colloquia: Grant Goodall
May 1, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm| Stevenson Fireside Lounge | Free
Grant Goodall: “Grammar and working memory: How experimental syntax can help us tell the difference”
The use of formal experiments to measure sentence acceptability, known as “experimental syntax”, is able to capture many fine-grained grammatical contrasts, but it also captures effects that have long been thought to be extra-grammatical, such as those induced by increased cost to working memory. This ambiguity in the source of acceptability is a problem in some ways, but experimental syntax itself gives us some useful tools to address it. I show this through a series of case studies of constraints on wh-dependencies, including the role of intervening arguments, finiteness, D-linking, and islands. These cases suggest that grammatical and working memory constraints can be usefully distinguished, with the former sensitive to intervening hierarchical structure and the latter sensitive to intervening referents.
About eight times each year the department hosts colloquium talks by distinguished faculty from around the world.
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2014 – 2015 Speakers
Jane Grimshaw, Rutgers
Adam Albright, MIT
Claire Halpert, University of Minnesota
Valentine Hacquard, Maryland
Rachel Walker, USC
mid-March: date TBA
LASC: Linguistics at Santa Cruz Conference
Daniel Lassiter, Stanford
Keith Johnson, UC Berkeley
Grant Goodall, UC San Diego
May/June: date TBA
LURC: Linguistics Undergraduate Research Conference