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Conference | Symposium

Information Structure and V2 syntax

Tuesday 21 June 2016
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden
Room 030 (ground floor)

On the occasion of Marieke Meelen's thesis defence, there will be a symposium on Information Structure and V2 Syntax. 


9.30-10.15         Marieke Meelen

Reconstructing V2 syntax in Welsh
n this talk I first show how the V2 orders developed by carefully reconstructing their syntactic history from earlier patterns with hanging topics and focussed cleft constructions in Old Welsh and related Celtic languages. I provide a syntactic reconstruction of the V2 structures with preverbal functional particles a and yd. These C-particles played a pivotal role in relative clauses as well and can be traced back to pronominal elements in Common Brythonic

10.15-11.00       David Willis

Patterns of marking long-distance wh-dependencies in Welsh
In this talk I examine resumptive and gap-strategy patterns of wh-dependencies (wh-questions, relative clauses) in Welsh and argue that Welsh has overt morphophonological reflexes of A´-movement via both the C-domain and Spec,vP. I will also consider the recent historical emergence and decay of these patterns and examine how they could have arisen.

11.00-11.15        Coffee break

11.15-12.00        Mélanie Jouitteau

Embedded T2 orders in Breton
I will present new microvariation data from Northern Breton dialects that show a wide array of embedded T2 orders. These are interesting because under current generalisations, they are supposed to be heavily ungrammatical. Breton is a Celtic "linear T2" language, that is a VSO language with an extra Tense-second requirement for at least a constituent, head or XP before the tensed element. Complementizer heads satisfy this requirement, predicting embedded word order to be uniformly C-VSO, which holds true for the Southern dialects of Breton (save some parataxe examples).

12.00-12.45       Susan Pintzuk

Information structure and syntactic change: cause and effect or orthogonal processes
In this talk I look at variation in object-verb versus verb-object order in Old English. I show that while information structure had a synchronic effect on the position of objects, preverbal vs. postverbal, the change from OV to VO progressed independently of information structure.

15.00                  Thesis defence Marieke Meelen at the Academy Building

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