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Syntax Interface Lectures Utrecht


23 May 2016
15:30:00 - 17:00:00
Janskerkhof 13, room 0.06 (Stijlkamer)

Teodora Radeva-Bork (Universität Potsdam)

Title: Omitting objects across languages and populations

Abstract: This talk discusses object omission in a crosslinguistic context with a special emphasis on Romance and Slavic from the perspectives of both adult and child grammar. I start by looking at some notorious cases of (optional) transitivity in verbs such as read, wash or dry in (1) and water in (2). The latter is grammatical with a null object in Russian and Polish but ungrammatical in the same condition in Bulgarian, German and English.

I revise the contrast between purely lexical and syntactic approaches to object omission with a special emphasis on the syntactic transitivity approach by Cummins & Roberge (2005) that assumes an obligatory representation of null objects in the syntactic structure.

The complete abstract can be found here.