February 23, 2016

Research Groups: Friday, February 26

Note that this is an irregular week and that two groups are meeting in the first time-slot.

9:30 AM - 11:00 AM (in SS 560A)
Psycholinguistics Group
1. Presentation by Meg Grant. 2. Presentation by Alissa Varlamova on joint work with Rena Helms-Park (UTSC) and Maria Claudia Petrescu (UTM).

9:30 AM - 11:00 AM (in SS 2112)
Phonetics/Phonology Group
Group discussion: Jessamyn Schertz, Taehong Cho, Andrew Lotto, and Natasha Warner (2016). Individual differences in perceptual adaptability of foreign sound categories. Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics, 78(1), 355-367.

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Syntax Group
Ivona Kučerová (McMaster University): "No PERSON, no label, no case: Evidence from Slavic numerals."

This work presents new empirical evidence for a formal connection between Case and PERSON, and PERSON and referential index (Schütze 1997, Martin 1999, Chomsky 2000, Béjar and Rezac 2003, Richards 2008, among others). I argue that structural nominative case (NOM) corresponds to a nominal structure labeled by a D head (Chomsky 2013). Consequently, such a structure may become a goal of syntactic φ-feature Agree. The core labeling feature formally corresponds to CI licensing of [+PERSON] feature (see also Sudo 2012, Longobardi 2008, Landau 2010). The empirical motivation comes from a cross-linguistic comparison of numeral constructions in Slavic.

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