Syntactic Structure Building

Hedde Zeijlstra, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
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Monday, October 25, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
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Most theories of labeling address the question as to why the merger of two syntactic objects should receive some label and then formulate some labelling algorithm; often this amounts to one of the two syntactic objects, the head, to project (some of) its features. In this talk, I reverse this question and wonder why it is not the case that both daughters project their features and I formulate an alternative approach to labelling, based on this question, that integrates minimalist structure building with insights from  categorial grammar. The proposal will provide a unified labeling mechanism for complements, specifiers and adjunction and will have repercussions for the nature of roots, c-selection, clauses and abstract case.

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