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Can agreement with the linearly closest conjunct be derived in syntax proper?
Andrew Nevins, Boban Arsenijević, Jana Willer Gold, Franc Marušič, 2015, published scientific conference contribution abstract

Abstract: The recent literature on South Slavic conjunct agreement can be roughly divided into two camps: those trying to model the cases of agreement with linearly closest conjunct, as in the Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (BCS) example in (1) (taken from Bošković 2009), within syntax (Bošković 2009, Puškar & Murphy 2015 a.o.) and those claiming this agreement is a result of a postsyntactic operation that occurs after linearization and hence is sensitive to the linear distance between two syntactic elements (among these, Bhatt & Walkow 2013, Marušič et al 2015). We present a strong argument against strictly syntactic theories of conjunct agreement that leverages experimental work on BCS conjunct agreement and builds on data in Aljović & Begović (2015).
Found in: ključnih besedah
Summary of found: ...syntactic theories of conjunct agreement that leverages experimental work on BCS conjunct agreement and builds...
Keywords: verb agreement, conjunct agreement, experimental syntax, Slovenian
Published: 21.03.2016; Views: 1412; Downloads: 0
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Experimenting on Conjunct Agreement under Left Branch Extraction in South Slavic
Franc Marušič, Boban Arsenijević, Jana Willer Gold, 2015, unpublished conference contribution

Found in: ključnih besedah
Summary of found: ...Agreement, Left Branch Extraction, Serbo-Croatian, South Slavic, experimental syntax...
Keywords: Conjunct agreement, Agreement, Left Branch Extraction, Serbo-Croatian, South Slavic, experimental syntax
Published: 21.03.2016; Views: 2560; Downloads: 0
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When linearity prevails over hierarchy in syntax
Franc Marušič, Tina Šuligoj, 2017, original scientific article

Abstract: Hierarchical structure has been cherished as a grammatical universal. We use experimental methods to show where linear order is also a relevant syntactic relation. An identical methodology and design were used across six research sites on South Slavic languages. Experimental results show that in certain configurations, grammatical production can in fact favor linear order over hierarchical structure. However, these findings are limited to coordinate structures and distinct from the kind of production errors found with comparable configurations such as “attraction” errors. The results demonstrate that agreement morphology may be computed in a series of steps, one of which is partly independent from syntactic hierarchy.
Found in: ključnih besedah
Summary of found: ...cherished as a grammatical universal. We use experimental methods to show where linear order is...
Keywords: experimental syntax, syntactic agreement, elicited language production, coordinated, noun phrases, South Slavic languages
Published: 15.01.2018; Views: 937; Downloads: 88
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Two (non-)islands in Slovenian
Manca Mušič, Penka Stateva, Arthur Stepanov, 2018, original scientific article

Abstract: There exists a controversy in the literature and among the speakers of Slovenian concerning the grammaticality of wh-island and subject island constructions in this language. We conducted an acceptability rating study of wh-islands and subject islands in Slovenian, using the factorial definition of island. This definition provides for a possibility to isolate a true island effect while controlling for two complexity factors that potentially interfere in speakers’ evaluation of the relevant sentences: the length of the respective movement dependency and the presence of an island structure itself. We found that (i) Slovenian speakers do judge the wh-island sentences worse than the respective controls, but the observed degradation cannot be attributed to a true island effect; (ii) subject extraction out of a wh-island leads to a so called reverse island effect whereby the acceptability is higher than expected even if the above two complexity factors are taken into consideration; and (iii) speakers are sensitive to the subject island effect, as predicted by the mainstream theories of syntactic locality. The results of our study contribute to establishing a solid empirical base for further theoretical investigations of the island effects and raise new questions about the role of processing factors in speakers’ evaluations of island constructions.
Found in: ključnih besedah
Summary of found: ...syntactic island, experimental syntax, Subjacency, Empty Category Principle, Slovenian...
Keywords: syntactic island, experimental syntax, Subjacency, Empty Category Principle, Slovenian
Published: 11.06.2018; Views: 1030; Downloads: 0
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Elided Clausal Conjunction Is Not the Only Source of Closest‐Conjunct Agreement: A Picture‐Matching Study
Branimir Stanković, Anita Peti-Stantić, Ivana Mitić, Petra Mišmaš, Nataša Milićević, Tanja Milićev, Franc Marušič, Frane Malenica, Nedžad Leko, Marijana Kresić, Nermina Čordalija, Nadira Aljović, Jana Willer-Gold, Boban Arsenijević, Jelena Tušek, Andrew Nevins, 2019, original scientific article

Abstract: A recurring hypothesis about the agreement phenomena generalized as closest‐conjunct agreement takes this pattern to result from reduced clausal conjunction, simply displaying the agreement of the verb with the nonconjoined subject of the clause whose content survives ellipsis (Aoun, Benmamoun & Sportiche 1994, 1999; see also Wilder 1997). Closest‐conjunct agreement is the dominant agreement pattern in the South Slavic languages Slovenian and Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian. A natural question is whether closest‐conjunct agreement in these varieties may indeed be analyzed as entirely derived from conjunction reduction. In this article, we report on two experiments conducted to test this. The results reject the hypothesis as far as these languages are concerned, thereby upholding the relevance of models developed to account for closest‐conjunct agreement within theories of agreement.
Found in: ključnih besedah
Summary of found: ...Conjunct agreement, Clausal conjunction, Experimental syntax...
Keywords: Conjunct agreement, Clausal conjunction, Experimental syntax
Published: 08.04.2019; Views: 384; Downloads: 24
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Looking for Cognitive Foundations of Functional Sequences
Rok Žaucer, Petra Mišmaš, Franc Marušič, 2019, published scientific conference contribution

Abstract: With the multiplication of various functional projections, syntactic structures became very complex entities. Approaches like Cartography (e.g. Cinque and Rizzi 2008) went one step further than most other approaches, proposing that each sentence comprises of a number of universal, strictly ordered functional projections. In the noun phrase, the strictly ordered functional projections are said to be responsible not only for the relative order of numerals, demonstratives and nouns (cf. Cinque 2005), but also for the universal order of various types of adjectives (cf. Hetzron 1978; Sproat and Shih 1991; Cinque 1994; Scott 2002, etc.). Cinque and Rizzi (2008) discuss possible origins of the many hierarchies of functional projections and suggest that they might derive from general cognition. If cognition and its restrictions are behind the hierarchy of functional projections, then the order of projections hosting adjectives should be reflected in various non-linguistic cognitive processes. We designed several experiments to test this hypothesis. Our experiments did not confirm our hypothesis; but as we have also identified problems in the design of our experiments, our results do not warrant a clear rejection of the hypothesis either.
Found in: ključnih besedah
Summary of found: ...noun phrase, adjective ordering restrictions, functional hierarchy, experimental syntax,cognitive foundations of syntax...
Keywords: noun phrase, adjective ordering restrictions, functional hierarchy, experimental syntax, cognitive foundations of syntax
Published: 22.11.2019; Views: 171; Downloads: 0
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