Special announcement: talk by Yoad Winter on December 11

The research project Between Logic and Common Sense (UiL OTS) is organizing a special talk on Tuesday, December 11 by Yoad Winter (Utrecht University) entitled Event Orientated Adnominals and Compositionality (joint work with Joost Zwarts). Everyone is welcome to attend! Note the different timeslot.

Location: Utrecht, Janskerkhof 13, room 0.06 (Stijlkamer)

Time: 13:30 – 15:30


We extend Larson’s (1998) treatment of event modification in nominals like beautiful dancer and heavy smoker to other adnominals as in the destroyer of Rome in 410. We address three problems for Larson’s liberal modification of events: reference determination in nominals, absence of event readings with non-deverbal nouns, and the ordering of event modifiers before modifiers of thematic arguments. We standardly assume that eventive -er nominals, like other nominalizations, inherit the verb’s argument structure. We show a compositional treatment of event  modification that explains why -er nominals must refer to the external argument of the verb, and not to the event. Solving this puzzle about the syntax-semantics of -er nominals is crucial for avoiding the aforementioned problems. We then discuss possible generalizations of our proposal to temporal modifiers with relational nouns (new president, champion in 1981) and agent-oriented modifiers (dance skillfully, deliberate offender).

You can find a more elaborate abstract here: http://linguistics.huji.ac.il/IATL/28/Abstracts/Winter%20Zwarts.pdf


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