Identifying (In)definiteness: from Silent Morpho-syntax to Semantics


While every language can express definiteness, indefiniteness and genericity, the morpho-syntactic encoding of these notions varies considerably. This workshop is part of a larger project that provides concrete diagnostics for determining the interpretation of noun phrases which lack overt markers of (in)definiteness. The connection between morpho-syntax and semantics is explored in six languages, Cape Verdean Creole, Hiaki, Korean, Quechua, Russian, and Xhosa. These investigations provide the empirical base for a restrictive theory of cross-linguistic variation.


Register (free) by March 20th

Date and location

Friday, March 29,  1.00 pm – 7.00 pm

Yale University, Dow Hall 100


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