June 24, 2005: Junri Shimada, Events and the Notional Reading;
Satoshi Tomioka, The Grammar of Extrinsic Plural Marking in Korean

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3:30pm, June 24, 2005
Collaboration Room 3, 4th floor, Building 18, University of Tokyo Komaba campus.
Talk 1
Junri Shimada, MIT
Events and the Notional Reading
imagine is known to induce intensionality even when the complement is a noun phrase or a small clause. Thus, the complement noun phrase or noun phrases in the complement small clause can have notional readings in addition to their relational/specific readings. I reached the same conclusion as Diesing (1992) in that noun phrases that are QR'd outside VP have a restrictive clause and are thus presuppositional, and that noun phrases that remain within VP are nonpresuppositional and have cardinal readings. In this talk, I will propose a compositional event semantics which accounts for how this might be the case, and argue that the source of intensionality of verbs like imagine is events, and that notional readings of the complement noun phrase and noun phrases in the complement small clause are obtained when the quantified noun phrases remain within the small clause domain at LF. I will also introduce as a hypothesis a new derivational model which can account for the binding of the temporal argument of the matrix predicate by the tense operator.
Talk 2
Satoshi Tomioka, University of Delaware
The Grammar of Extrinsic Plural Marking in Korean
The so-called Korean Extrinsic Plural Marker tul exhibits unique properties that set it apart from plural markers commonly found in many languages. It is typically found with categories that are not considered pluralizable in any obvious sense (Adverbs, PPs, CPs, etc.). Although it has been claimed that tul is an overt realization of a standard distributive operator, its semantic contribution is far more complex and subtle since the EPM tul is compatible with collective predicates of all types. The EMP tul also requires the presence of a plural NP as its "antecedent" (most often the subject) within the local domain. The aim of this paper is to examine these exotic syntactic and semantic properties of tul and provide an analysis of them. We propose that tul is a presuppositional distributive element with a built-in plural anaphor. Our proposal not only solves the distributivity issue but also accounts for the syntactic distribution of the ECM tul. This paper is co-authored with Chonghyuck Kim of the University of Delaware.

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