Interface Legibility at the Edge















The purpose of this conference is to discuss current issues on the syntax/semantic/pragmatic interface(s) such as observed at the left periphery of CPs. The questions addressed include, but are not restricted to, the following:


What are the grammatical properties of the edges (Chomsky 2000, 2001, 2005) of the highest CP borders (e.g., Rizzi 1997, 2001, 2004) that make them legible at the interface with discourse? What are the contributions of the edges in the domains of tense and aspect with respect to the grammatical representation of discourse and temporal dependencies (e.g., Smith 2004, Higginbotham 1995, 2004, Nunes and Thompson. 1995, Stowell 1998, 2004)?


If other sorts of phases also have higher borders including vP, PP, and DP (e.g., Adger 2003, Den Dikken 2003, Torego 2002, Uriagereka 2003), is the role of the edges of these domains parallel to the role of the edges of the highest CP borders, and what is their specific contribution to legibility in the domain of the discourse (e.g., Declerck and Reed 2001, Edgington 2003, Haegeman 2001, Speas & Tenny 2003)?


If discourse is reduced to additive conjunction of sentences (chunks), as summed in certain semantic theories, such as Dynamic Theories of Meaning and Discourse Representation Theory (e.g.,  Kemp 1982, Kemp and Reyle 1993, Chierchia 1995, Groenendijk and Stokhof 1990, Poesio and Zucchi 1992), to what extent do the edges of higher borders of phases determine the syntax/semantic, semantic/pragmatic connection?

If variation is external to the grammar, and the properties of the edge of a phase are determinant in parameterization (e.g., Kayne 2005), to what extent do the syntax/semantic/pragmatic interface(s) trigger parametric resettings (e.g., Roussou and  Roberts 2003).




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