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‘Projecting syntactic alternatives’ workshop with Professor Michael Wagner

When: Monday, May 22, 2023, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Where: Arts Two 3.20 (hybrid), Mile End Campus

We are delighted to be joined by Professor Michael Wagner, who will be leading a workshop entitled ‘Projecting syntactic alternatives’.

Rooth (1985, 1992) analyses prosodic focus as a marker introducing a set of alternative semantic meanings. In this workshop, we will look at evidence that prosodic focus may in fact rely on a different mechanism of alternative generation: focused constituents introduce a set of structural alternatives that ‘project’ in a pointwise way in syntax to generate sets of larger linguistic expressions. The analysis relates to claims that focus substitutions are structural (Katzir 2007, Fox & Katzir 2011) but goes beyond in also assuming that projection is syntactic.

Visit for more workshops from Prof. Wagner throughout the week.

This event will be a hybrid event and details for attending online will be sent to registered attendees closer to the day.



Throughout the week, Prof. Wagner will also be running a series of workshops and will be the guest speaker for the annual Randolph Quirk Lecture. Further details and information on how to join can be found here:

Monday 22nd May - Projecting syntactic alternatives workshop
Tuesday 23rd May - Operating over syntactic Alternatives workshop
Wednesday 24th May - Syntactic projection as an abbreviatory device workshop
Thursday 25th May - Randolph Quirk Public Lecture 'Towards an Alternative Syntax' with Prof. Wagner

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