Linguistics Colloquium: Nora Boneh

27/12/2016 - 14:00 - 15:30

Nora Boneh, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Title: Non-core datives in Syrian Arabic: between pronouns and agreement (joint work with N. Al-Zahre)
 
Abstract: In this paper, we describe the pragmatic, lexical and syntactic properties of the Syrian Arabic Coreferential Dative Construction (CDC), featuring a dative element bearing agreement features which are identical to those of the subject in the clause, the Coreferential Dative (CD), and an obligatory expression of attenuative vague measure, described by us in Al-Zahre & Boneh (2010). We first show that the CD, which has no truth conditional meaning, contributes to the creation of a Conventional Implicature (Horn 2004, Potts 2005). In the second part of the paper, we propose a syntactic analysis of the CDC, arguing that the visible pronominal features are non-referential but rather the morphological reflex of checked uninterpretable phi-features on a defective applicative head. To couch the analysis in a wider context, we show how it can extend to other categories of non-core dative in Syrian Arabic.

 

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