November 12th: Anna Szabolcsi (New York University / ILLC, UvA) – Leiden
We are happy to announce that on Wednesday, November 12th, Anna Szabolcsi (New York University / ILLC, UvA) will give a LUSH talk in Leiden. We hope to see you all there!
Date: Wednesday, November 12th, 2014
Time: 15:30 – 17:00
Location: Leiden, van Wijkplaats 2, room 003
Title: KA particles cross-linguistically: where are they needed and why?
Abstract: In Japanese, the particle ka occurs (at least) in disjunctions, indefinites, wh-questions, and polar questions; Malayalam oo and Sinhala de/hari have a similarly wide distribution (Jayaseelan 2001, 2008, 2011; Shimoyama 2006; Slade 2011; a.o.). In many other languages, the morpheme that I will generically dub a “KA particle” has a narrower distribution outside disjunctions (Bhat 2000; Cable 2010; Haspelmath 1997; Winter 1995; a.o.). This talk attempts to explain some of the facts in this varied landscape with reference to the semantics of KA and of its signature environments.