18 February: Giorgos Spathas (Stuttgart/ HU Berlin)

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We are happy to announce that on Thursday, February 18th, Giorgos Spathas (Stuttgart/ HU Berlin) will give a talk in the Rose series. We hope to see you all there!

Date: Thursday, February 18th, 2016
Time: 15:00-17:00
Location: Trans 10, room 0.51
Speaker: Giorgos Spathas
Title: The scope of additive operators: an argument for syntactic event decomposition  (Joint work with Dimitris Michelioudakis — York)


In this talk I will discuss a new argument in favor of event decomposition in the syntax. Particularly, I will argue for the existence of a propositional node that denotes a result state. The empirical argument is based around the observation that non-scalar additive operators like, e.g., Greek ke ‘also’ can give rise to stative presuppositions in sentences with bi-eventive causative predicates (e.g. accomplishments, achievements and ditransitives), akin to the restitutive presupposition of again (cf. von Stechow 1996). This is exemplified in, e.g., (i).

(i)              Context: John is in a room whose door is always open. He opens the window.

O   Janis anikse   ke   to   parathiro.

the John opened also the window

‘John opened the window too.’

Presupposition: Something other than the window was open.

The argument is based on the observations that: (a) the content of the presupposition associated with ke is propositional, and (b) it is strictly determined by the syntactic arguments of ke. In order for the stative presupposition to be derived in (i) and other relevant examples ke DP either needs to compose directly with a constituent that denotes a predicate of states or QR to such a constituent.

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