The Syntax-Semantics reading group and MULL-lab will be meeting on Wednesday, December 6th at 4pm in Rm. 117 of the McGill Linguistics department, with a Zoom room open for those unable to join in person.

This week, Will will be presenting a MULL-themed talk entitled: ‘Diagnosing Prepositions: Decomposing Path in White Hmong’.

This talk investigates the syntactic category of so-called “path predicates” in White Hmong, which appear to have both verbal and prepositional uses. I argue that the distribution of these predicates, including certain configurational effects that they show, can be captured by assuming (i) that these predicates can lexicalize spans that include both v∘ and material within its prepositional complement (cf. Son & Svenonius 2008), and (ii) that the (prepositional) path domain decomposes into at least three heads: Route∘, Source∘, and Goal∘ (Pantcheva 2011). This demonstrates the need both for spanning and for the decomposition of the prepositional phrase even in highly isolating languages.

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