June 26 & 27, Susanne Flach (Neuchâtel) visited our research group. She gave a talk on “We must be born with it … maybe … are we?” A case study in morphological constraint acquisition in the Oberseminar meeting June 26. She discussed data on the go-V constrution as in Go get the nurse!. This construction has puzzled researchers because it cannot occur with verb forms distinct from the base form, i.e. we do not have *He goes gets/get the newspaper, *She went see/saw the doctor.
Thomas motivated the concept of multimodal constructions, which leads to a considerable extension of what should be described within a linguistic theory. Thomas has just come back from the International Conference on Multimodal Communication in Osnabrück, so we were priviledged to learn about current developments in this domain.
Heike Walker’s dissertation on “The syntax and semantics of relative clause attachment” is available online through the university library!
Heike’s dissertation not only gives a great overview over the existing literature and approaches on relative clause extraposition, it also contains a concise introduction into HPSG and Lexical Resource Semantics and provides a new analysis of challenging data.