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School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

‘Syntactic projection as an abbreviatory device’ workshop with Professor Michael Wagner

When: Wednesday, May 24, 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 ‘Syntactic projection as an abbreviatory device’.

German grammarians widely consider German is the ‘Gender gap’ in its various guises (Binnen-I, Genderstern, …) as a violation of basic principles of German or even Universal Grammar. A closer look as well as experimental evidence reveals that 'gender gap' is a surprising but well-behaved form of reduced coordination. It's pronunciation with a glottal stop is neither an invention of feminist or gender-inclusive language activism nor an unnatural aberration of grammar but part of a broader generalization about the phonology of coordination.

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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