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The Complexity of Syntactic Structures: Evidence from Linguistics and Psycholinguistics
Luigi Rizzi (Univ. di Siena)

18 septembre 2009

If minimalist syntax is on the right track, the mechanism generating syntactic structures is extremely simple, basically reducing to merge and the featural properties that it satisfies. Nevertheless, the recursive applications of merge can create very rich representations, which may raise complexity issues. In this course I would like to address the questions of syntactic complexity from both angles of linguistic theory and experimental psycholinguistics with children and adults. Here are some of the topics I would like to cover:
– The complexity of configurations and the cartography of syntactic structures,
– Locality and delimitation principles as constraints on complex dependencies,
– Intervention effects in production and comprehension in children and adults.
Courses (handouts downloadable):
1/ September 18, 2009 at 9:30 am,
2/ September 19, 2009 at 9:30 am,
3/ September 21, 2009 at 9:30 am,
4/ September 22, 2009 at 9:30 am.

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Luigi Rizzi Luigi Rizzi (Univ. di Siena)
Luigi Rizzi is professor at the Università di Siena.

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