Utrecht Theoretical Linguistics

Syntax Reading Group

The Syntax Reading Group has restarted its activity!

We will have a monthly meeting, with the date alternating between the first Friday and the first Thursday of each month.

The meetings normally take place between 12:00 and 13:30 (you’re welcome to eat your lunch during the discussion). At the moment, we are meeting on Teams, so if you wish to join please let Roberta know and she’ll add you to the Teams group. For those who are already members, we are meeting at the usual SRG Teams channel.

We will be reading papers related to the SIL talks, so that we can understand the talks better and interact more actively with the speakers. The articles are in the shared folder on Teams.

Upcoming meetings (with readings):

Friday, 1 December: Chomsky et al, Merge and the Strong Minimalist Thesis (ch. 5-6) (downloadable here: https://www.cambridge.org/core/elements/merge-and-the-strong-minimalist-thesis/F44DB97F68BB3A5CDB58A4684A3E5E6B)

Thursday, 11 January (please note that this is the 2nd Thursday of the month)

Friday, 2 February

Thursday, 7 March

Friday, 5 April

Thursday, 2 May

Friday, 7 June


–previous meetings:

Thursday, 2 November Larson 2021

Friday, 6 October: Legate 2008

November 8: Chomsky 2020, UCLA lecture #3 (https://ling.auf.net/lingbuzz/005485)

December 13: TBA

24 January: UCLA lectures #2 and #3 (finishing the discussion)

14 February: Norbert and Peter will present Chomsky’s Japan paper “Minimalism: where are we now, and where can we hope to go”




Previous meetings:

November 7: Merchant (1998). Pseudosluicing: Elliptical clefts in Japanese and English. In: Alexiadou et al. (eds), ZAS working papers in linguistics, Vol. 10. Berlin, ZAS, pp. 88–112. (different room: Trans 10, 0.26!)


Previous meetings:

September 25: Bobaljik (2008). Where’s Phi? Agreement as a Post-Syntactic Operation. In Harbour et al. (eds), Phi-Theory: Phi features across interfaces and modules, pp. 295-328. Oxford: OUP.

October 18: Gallego (2018). Projection without agreement. The Linguistic Review 35(4): 601–623.