Hanzhi Zhu has received the Robert M. Golden Medal for Excellence in Humanities and Creative Arts for his senior honors thesis “Case, Agreement, and the EPP: Evidence from Kazakh”.
Please join us on Friday, May 30th for this years 2014 undergraduate honors presentations. Our first presentation with start at 3:30pm in the Greenberg room.
The talks will be followed by an ice cream social hosted by our first year graduate students.
We hope to see you there!
2014 Honors student presenters:
Hanzhi Zhu: Case, Agreement, and the EPP: Evidence from Kazakh
Several recent studies have argued against the Activity Condition in light of evidence from raising constructions in various languages. These analyses claim that raising is not triggered by unvalued case or agreement features, but instead by the Extended Projection Principle (EPP). I add to this discussion by examining two raising constructions in Kazakh which differ in their case and agreement properties. I demonstrate that both constructions involve subject-to-subject raising and also argue against the traditional formulation of the Activity Condition. I then argue that scrambling is another construction that, like raising, satisfies the EPP. I examine what happens in raising constructions in which scrambling has taken place and the EPP has already been satisfied. These conditions motivate a modification of the account of how raising can be triggered.
Benjamin Lokshin: Speech levels in DPRK society
This study examines the use of speech levels in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), in comparison with the system in use in the Republic of Korea (ROK). I use a multipart analysis encompassing a quantitative study of honorific verb endings within works of fiction from both countries, a qualitative study of books on language and metalinguistic commentary, and fieldwork with a native DPRK speaker, to produce several new results. The DPRK speech level system is found to have several features which set it apart from the ROK, most notable among them being the continued use of the “semiformal” level (hao-chey), which is rarely seen in the ROK. Placing these findings in the context of the present and historical political environment on the Korean peninsula, there are many parallels between differential speech level usages and differential state ideologies and cultures in the two Koreas. In contrast to the ROK speech level system, the DPRK system grammaticalizes the interpersonal differences relevant within the DPRK’s traditionalist, nationalist, and neo-Confucianist society.
Sesquikudos to four of our Linguistics undergraduates, who were each elected to Phi Beta Kappa:
- Ben Lokshin
- Julia Fine
- Gun Ho Lee
- Cameron Jeffers
Mark your calendars! Our graduating honors undergraduates will be presenting their thesis work on May 30 at 3:30PM. More info to come soon.