Sabina Matyiku travels to GLOW

April 3, 2013

This week, our PhD student will present a poster on her research into negative inversion in West Texas English at the 36th Generative Linguistics in the Old World (GLOW) colloquium in Lund. Titled A Semantic Effect of Head Movement: The Case of Negative Inversion in West Texas English, her work deals with sentences such as “Didn’t everybody go to the party,” declarative sentences in which the negated auxiliary verb appears to have inverted with the sentential subject. The types of subjects available in this construction are subjects which interact scopally with negation, so Sabina proposes that negative inversion is best analyzed as an instance of head movement which has a semantic effect.

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