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Asadpour co-edits volume on language contact

A new volume on Word Order Variation has been published in the series Studia Typologica [STTYP] (De Gruyter Mouton) by Hiwa Asadpour in collaboration with Thomas Jügel. The focus region is the Iranic-Semitic-Turkic contact area, where many languages are described as verb-final, ‘Targets’ (Goals, Recipients, etc.) tend to appear in the immediate postverbal position, a pattern violating the alleged ‘basic word order’. The volume will be available from August 1 on.

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Book on one-to-many relations!

Language Science Press has just published a volume on One-to-many relations in morphology, syntax, and semantics, edited by Berthold Crysmann (Paris) and Manfred Sailer. The volume is based on research carried out as part of the DAAD-funded project One-to-many correspondences (2017 & 2018).

The book consists of an introduction and seven chapters, three of which being (co-)authored by colleagues of the IEAS.

Abstract: (from the publisher’s page)
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Hassan’s thesis on supplementary relative clauses

Shene Othman Hassan submitted her thesis on Syntactic and semantic aspects of supplementary relative clauses in English and Sorānī Kurdish and defended it December 18. Congratulations!

Shene looks at two understudied types of supplementary (i.e. non-restrictive) relative clause in English: those introduced by determiner-which, see (1), and those introduced by that, as in (2).

(1) Maybe people will attack me, in which case I will attack back. (COCA)

(2) The Patas monkey, that spends almost all of its time in open grassland,
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Sailer on attributive “wrong”

The 13th volume of Empirical Issues in Syntax and Semantics contains Manfred Sailer’s paper on Attributive “wrong” in underspecified semantics. The paper is based on Manfred’s talk at CSSP 2019. Manfred argues that there are two non-local readings of attributive wrong, illustrated in (1) and (2).

(1) The police arrested the wrong person.  
‘The person that the police arrested is not (among) the person(s) that the police should have arrested.’

(2) Bluebeard’s wife opened the wrong door.
‘The door that Bluebeard’s wife should not open is among the doors that Bluebeard’s wife opened.’ Continue reading Sailer on attributive “wrong”

Rizea & Sailer: NPIs in Romanian Result Clause Constructions

Monica-Mihaela Rizea’s and Manfred’s research on negative polarity items (NPI) has just appeared in a special issue of Linguisticae Investigationes on Interfaces in Romance: A constraint-based approach (edited by Gabriela Bîlbîie):

Rizea, Monica-Mihaela & Manfred Sailer. 2020. A constraint-based modeling of negative polarity items in result clause constructions in Romanian. Linguisticae Investigationes 43(1). 129–168. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1075/li.00042.riz

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