The Dennes Room

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Tue Oct 14, 2014
234 Moses Hall, 2:30–4:30 PM
Meaning Sciences Club
Yael Sharvit (UCLA)
Sequence of Tense: Syntax, Semantics, Pragmatic

We will look at some pros and cons of two theories of embedded “null” past tense, as in “John said that Mary was pregnant”. One theory says that the sentence is semantically ambiguous, and the other theory says that it is “ambiguous” only in a pragmatic sense. The theories make different predictions regarding embedded present, non-attitude embedders, and cross-linguistic variation.