Aspect in Embedded Clauses (WAEC)

Veranstaltungsbeginn 11.05.2015, 13.30 Uhr
Veranstaltungsende 12.05.2015, 18.00 Uhr
Ort ZAS, Schützenstr. 18, 10117 Berlin

Invited Speakers:

Susi Wurmbrand (University of Connecticut)
Atle Grønn (University of Oslo)

The aim of the workshop is to explore the special behavior of aspect (broadly construed) in embedded contexts. The presentations at the workshop will investigate how embedding affects and constrains the marking of aspectual distinctions and the interpretation of aspectual categories, both relative to the matrix clause and in general.

A great deal of work has been done on the special properties of embedded clauses with respect to tense -- e.g. on sequence-of-tense phenomena, double-access readings and the restricted marking and interpretation of tense in various types of non-finite clauses -- but relatively little has been done specifically on how aspect interacts with clausal embedding. However, it is clear that patterns of interest, in part parallel to those exhibited by tense, are found here as well. E.g., just as tense marking and interpretation are restricted in non-finite clauses, at least some such clauses disallow marking of aspectual distinctions, and others place restrictions on the Aktionsart of their main predicate. Furthermore, in languages with rich aspectual systems, aspect marking in embedded clauses plays a crucial role in determining temporal and event-structural relationships between matrix and embedded eventualities. 

Program:

Monday, May 11th, 2015

13.45-14.00

Introduction

14.00-15.20

Neda Todorovic & Susi Wurmbrand

 

(In)Finite possibilities of 'da' -- Restructuring the tense and aspect domains

15.20-15.40

Coffee

15.40-16.40

Tommi Leung & Girma Halefom

 

How tense is encoded in embedded imperfective clauses? A case study from Amharic control

16.40-17.40

Karolina Zuchewicz

 

The existence of the local & the global (im)perfective aspect in Polish: Evidence from the embedded clause of the so-called zanim ('before') and the dopóki ('until') constructions

19.00-

Workshop dinner

   
   

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

09.30-10.30

Claire Halpert & Hadil Karawani 

 

Aspects of embedding in counterfactuals

10.30-11.30

William Harwood

 

Reduced Relatives & Extended Phases: aspectual restrictions on reduced relatives

11.30-11.50

Coffee

11.50-13.10

Atle Grønn

 

Embedded Aspect. A view from Russian

13.10-14.40

Lunch

14.40-15.40

Marika Lekakou & Josep Quer

 

Neutralized aspect as subjunctive marking

15.40-16.40

Thomas Grano

 

Control theory & the syntax of aspect: A view from Mandarin Chinese

16.40-17.00

Coffee

17.00-17.40

Open discussion