Monday, March 19, 2018
Jason Merchant, "Modifying the colored lambda-calculus to model negative concord and the Afrikaans clause-final negator"
Colloquium | March 19 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall
Jason Merchant, University of Chicago
Standard Afrikaans final "nie" seems to be a kind of polarity item that appears at the end of certain phrases, most prominently at the end of clauses containing sentential negation. There is a broad syntactic consensus that this final negative particle is a sentence-final element. Based on new data from coordination and scope, I argue against this consensus, and show that final "nie" in its usual... More >