We are happy to announce that on Wednesday, April 2, Chris Barker (NYU) will give a LUSH talk in Utrecht entitled Defending the parasitic scope analysis of “same” against anaphoric treatments. Hope to see you all there! (We’ll have lunch with Chris beforehand, if anyone is interested in joining us please let us know.)
Adjectives like “same” and “different” interact with their linguistic and pragmatic context in intricate ways: “The man read the same book” requires there to already be a contextually identifiable book in a way that “The men read the same book” does not. One of the major issues that runs through the literature is a debate about the relative importance of local linguistic context versus essential reliance on pragmatic context. Barker, and in a very different analysis, also Brasoveanu, stake out positions near the end of the spectrum where there is almost no important role for pragmatic context. Instead, the connection between “same” and its antecedent is quite literally a matter of logic (in the case of Barker, a particular substructural logic in the tradition of Lambek). In contrast, Hardt et al. 2012 and Hardt and Mikkelsen 2013 argue that “same” is anaphoric to an eventuality (roughly, a kind of proposition), and call upon a pragmatically-supplied relation they call Parallel. This talk will be framed as an appreciation and a critique of the various contributions to the debate, considering them in light of new empirical generalizations in unpublished work of Bumford.