Join the SMircle Workshop in the Greenberg Room Monday, as they welcome Bern Samko (UCSC), who will talk about her work on verb-phrase preposing.
Topicality, focus, and intonation in English verb-phrase preposing
I argue that verb-phrase preposing (VPP) in English involves topicalization, syntactic focus-marking, and, optionally, a particular intonational pattern. The contribution of these elements is compositional, allowing for a unified analysis of discourse functions of VPP that have previously been assumed to be distinct (cf. Ward 1990). In all examples of VPP, the preposing of the VP marks a topic shift in much the same way as DP topicalization with “as for”, and verum focus results from focus-marking of the sentence-final auxiliary. Prosodic marking may contribute an additional scalar interpretation that is also available in intonationally marked canonical-order sentences.
Bonnie and Kate both took part in Stanford Splash! last weekend, running a class on Language Myths, Language Truths for attending schoolchildren from the greater community in the area.
More information about Stanford Splash 2014 is available here.
Zachary Wilkins will be giving a talk at the 2014 Hispanic Linguistic Symposium, held next weekend at Purdue University: “Algo es algo: Toward a typology of tautologies with evidence from Spanish”.
Rob Podesva will give a Linguistics colloquium at the University of Michigan next Friday, November 14.
Numerous Stanford sempragmaticists will present at CUSP (California Universities Semantics & Pragmatics) this weekend at UCLA:
- Prerna Nadathur, “Implicative verbs and presuppositions”
- Andrea Beltrama, “Very UCLA, totally next in line”
- Phil Crone, “Asserting Clarity as Managing Awareness”
- James Collins, “Be about to and the proximal future”
- Dasha Popova, “Noun multidimensionality and gradability through the prism of the ‘tot eshjo N’ construction in Russian”
- Sara Kessler, “Adjectives and the Stage-Individual Level Distinction: A corpus study”
- Lelia Glass, “Need to vs. have to vs. got to: A corpus study in semantic variation”