Please join us for the first colloquium of the semester!

Who: Richard Compton (McGill University)
When: Friday, 9/20 3:30pm
Where: Education, room 433
Title: Evidence for phrasal words in Inuit

In this talk I argue that data from noun incorporation, conjunction, ellipsis, and a VP pro-form in Inuit provide evidence for word-internal XPs inside polysynthetic words. Such data provide a potential counter-example to Piggott & Travis’s (2012) proposal (following Baker 1996) that phonological words cross-linguistically correspond to syntactic heads—simplex or complex—with morphologically complex words being derived via head movement, head-adjunction, or PF movement.

For a full schedule of the year’s colloquium, see the departmental webpage.