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Yoon, J. H. S. (2017). Lexical integrity and suspended affixation in two types of denominal predicates in Korean. Glossa: a journal of general linguistics,

Published: Thu, 11 May 2017

Central to the debate on the demarcation of morphology and syntax is the position staked out by the Lexicalist Hypothesis, which holds that morphology and syntax are distinct systems which interface with each other in a particular way. Proponents of the Lexicalist Hypothesis point to a suite of diagnostics collectively known as lexical integrity tests (Bresnan and Mchombo 1995) as evidence pointing to the fundamental difference between morphology and syntax. The tests revolve around the apparent failure of principles of phrasal syntax at the threshold of words. If morphology and syntax constitute a unified rule system, as assumed in current approaches such as Distributed Morphology, such failure is not predicted. It is surprising therefore that lexical integrity has not played a significant role in arguments for Distributed Morphology (Lieber and Scalise 2007). The purpose of this paper is to introduce two types of denominal predicates in Korean, which are distinguished by the fact that lexical integrity is observed in one but not the other type. I explore how the behaviors of the two classes of denominal predicates can be modeled using the theoretical and empirical machinery of current DM, in particular, the distinction between roots and words. While this is a welcome result, it turns out that DM predicts that more languages should behave like Korean in allowing massive violations of lexical integrity. I provide an analysis of the differences between languages like Korean that allow selective access of word-internal structure by syntactic principles and languages like English where such access is prohibited by focusing on the mechanics of Vocabulary Insertion and complex head formation. The paper concludes with the implications of the analysis of the two types of predicates in Korean for both lexicalist and DM architectures of morphology and syntax interaction.


Yoon, J. H. S. (2017). Lexical integrity and suspended affixation in two types of denominal predicates in Korean. Glossa: a journal of general linguistics, 2(1), 45. DOI:

Ozcan, A. 2017. Alternative Spaces of Young Muslim Leaders: Experimenting With Laïcité Within the French Mosque. Unsettling Colonial Modernity in Islamicate Contexts. Siavash Saffari, Roxana Akhbari, Kara Abdolmaleki and Evelyn Hamdon eds. pp 211-231.

Published: Mon, 01 May 2017

Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Unsettling Colonial Modernity in Islamicate Contexts

By focusing on colonial histories and legacies, this edited volume breaks new ground in studying modernity in Islamicate contexts. From a range of disciplinary perspectives, the authors probe ‘colonial modernity’ as a condition whose introduction into Islamicate contexts was facilitated historically by European encroachment into South Asia, the Middle East, and Northern Africa. They also analyze the various modes through which, in Europe itself, and in North America by extension, people from Islamicate contexts have been, and continue to be, otherized in the constitution and advancement of the project of modernity. The book further brings to light a multiplicity of social, political, cultural, and aesthetic modes of resistance aimed at subverting and unsettling colonial modernity in both Muslim-majority and diasporic contexts.



Lasersohn, P. 2017. Subjectivity and Perspective in Truth-Theoretic Semantics. Oxford University Press.

Published: Wed, 08 Feb 2017

This book explores linguistic and philosophical issues presented by sentences expressing personal taste, such as Roller coasters are fun, or Licorice is tasty. Standard semantic theories explain the meanings of sentences by specifying the conditions under which they are true; here, Peter Lasersohn asks how we can account for sentences that are concerned with matters of opinion rather than matters of fact. He argues that a truth-theoretic semantic theory is appropriate even for sentences like these, but that for such sentences, truth and falsity must be assigned relative to perspectives, rather than absolutely. The book provides a detailed and explicit formal grammar, working out the implications of this conception of truth both for simple sentences and for reports of mental attitude. The semantic analysis is paired with a pragmatic theory explaining what it means to assert a sentence which is true or false only relativistically, and with a speculative account of the functional motivation for a relativized notion of truth.

Abunasser, Mahmoud and Elabbas Benmamoun. 2016. Quantifying lexical and Pronunciation variation between three Arabic varieties. Perspectives on Arabic Linguistics XXVII. Stuart Davis and Usama Soltan, eds. John Benjamins, 187-212

Published: Thu, 08 Dec 2016

Akkuş, Faruk and Elabbas Benmamoun. 2016. Clause Structure in Contact Contexts: The Case of Sason Arabic Perspectives on Arabic Linguistics XXVIII. Youssef Haddad and Eric Postdam, eds. John Benjamins, pp. 153-172

Published: Thu, 08 Dec 2016