Note that most participants are auditors,
so this seminar will be mostly a course-like reading group.
Initial questions for all of us:
What is “syntax”? What is “prosody”? How are they connected?
And what else is on the table?
How much of all this is in which bucket?
A crucial point: this is “performance”.
Not in the sense of “competence/performance” (though that too!)
but in the sense that the basic data is speech communication in the real world.
We’re interested in the systems (linguistic and otherwise) that underlie this process
but it would be a bad mistake to cut our inquiry off too quickly from the real world,
because there are many open questions about what the underlying systems are
and how they interact.
Possible (and actually suggested) answers to these questions are remarkably diverse.
The clouds of orthodox answers have drifted substantially over time --
and these changes will continue.
So what is today’s reasonable “null hypothesis”? What are reliable ways to go further?
One interesting island in this conceptual ocean: Norvin Richards on the prosodic determination of WH-in-situ.
Participant introductions -- Initial questions for participants: