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Ling Lunch: Adrian Stegovec

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
12:30pm – 1:30pm

Storrs Campus
Oak 338

Adrian Stegovec will be giving a Ling Lunch presentation titled: "Now you PCC me, now you don’t: Slovenian clitic-switch as a repair strategy for person-case effects"

Abstract: The Person-Case Constraint (PCC) is a ban on co-occurrence of different case and person feature combinations of phonologically weak elements such as clitics, agreement affixes and weak pronouns, which is observed crosslinguistically in sometimes completely unrelated languages. In recent literature it has received a number of syntactic treatments in terms of feature-checking approaches (Béjar & Řezáč 2003, Anagnostopoulou 2005, a.o.), and hierarchy-based accounts within a cartographic approach (Ciucivara 2009). In this talk, I present new PCC patterns observed in Slovenian, where the freedom in the linear order of clitics gives rise to both standard Weak and Strong PCC patterns as well as a “reverse” PCC pattern in which the roles of the accusative (DO) and dative (IO) clitic are reversed, indicating that the PCC might be completely unrelated to Case assignment, contrary to what most current syntactic accounts assume. In this talk I show how existing approaches fail to account for the Slovenian PCC pattern, and propose a preliminary for a new approach to deal with the phenomenon focusing on accounting for the complex Slovenian data.

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Emma Nguyen,, 4434490584

Linguistics Department (primary), UConn Master Calendar

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