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Talk: Two Types of Nonrestrictive Relatives
Date: 30 April 2009 

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures has the pleasure of inviting you to the following talk:

Two Types of Nonrestrictive Relatives

Professor Guglielmo Cinque
Ca' Foscari University, Venice, Italy

Date: April 30, 2009 (Thursday)
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Venue: KKLG105, K.K. Leung Building, HKU
Language: English

Some comparative evidence from Italian and English points to the existence of two distinct nonrestrictive relative constructions: one essentially identical to the ordinary restrictive construction; the other distinct from it. Languages turn out to differ according to whether they display both (Italian), one (English), the other (Chinese), or neither (Gungbe). Earlier focus on English, which possesses only one of the two constructions, has had the effect of biasing the theoretical analyses proposed in the literature for the nonrestrictive construction.

Guglielmo Cinque is Professor of General Linguistics in the Dipartimento di Scienze del Linguaggio at Ca' Foscari University in Venice and one of the world’s top linguists. His research interests include comparative syntax, in particular comparative Romance Syntax, linguistic theory, and typology.

Professor Cinque is the External Examiner for the School's Italian Programme.

All are welcome. No registration required.

For enquiries, please contact Dr. Joseph Abraham Levi, Director of the Language Centre, School of Modern Languages and Cultures:

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