Date: March 27, 2012, 11 AM
Location: Research Institute for Linguistics, HAS, Budapest. VI., Bencz˙r u. 33, auditorium, ground floor
Richard Hudson (professor emeritus, University College, London)
Word Grammar and its analysis of word order
The lecture will challenge the orthodox view that phrase structure is a good theoretical basis for understanding word order by presenting the case for an enriched version of the traditional dependency structure (which is taught in Hungarian schools). Dependency structure is a more plausible cognitive model of syntactic structure than phrase structure, and it also allows a plausible analysis of word order based on the more general ordering principles developed in Cognitive Grammar in terms of 'landmarks', in which each word acts as a landmark for its dependent words. The lecture will show how this approach applies to some difficult syntactic structures such as extraction, pied-piping and the 'lowering' found in German partial-VP fronting.