Kai von Fintel
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Outside of Modern Hebrew, do any previously dead languages have native speakers again?
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A language revival project that has been successful (with a small population) and has led to a MacArthur Genius grant is the Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project: Wôpanâak Language Reclamation ...

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German is SOV: should it not have been "Ich ein Berliner bin"?
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In generative grammar, it has long been argued that German is indeed SOV, that the verb-final order is revealed in subordinate clauses, and that the Verb Second (V2) order in main clauses is due to a ...

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Distinguishing between epistemic and circumstantial readings (without recourse to temporality)?
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It's not easy to find examples that do not involve temporal/aspectual matters, since circumstantial modality is usually forward looking (what certain facts lead to or leave open) while epistemic ...

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Positive uses of vagueness and ambiguity in language
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There is discussion of what we call "ambiguity by design" in the following paper (see especially Section 4): Kai von Fintel & Anthony S. Gillies. 2011. ‘Might’ made right. In Andy Egan & ...

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What is the difference between "or" and "either...or"?
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I'm not an expert on this topic but these are some of the most relevant works: Den Dikken, Marcel. 2006. Either-float and the syntax of co-or-dination. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 24(3). ...

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On donkey sentences: why is this formalization incorrect?
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Your formula means that every man owns a donkey that he beats, which is not what the original sentence means.

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Can prepositional phrases with "of" ever be adjuncts to nouns, or only complements in English? If they can't be adjuncts, why?
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There are curious adjunct uses of "of-phrases" as in "a man of honor", which correspond to the Latin genitive of description.

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How to figure out how a language may force one to think
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I recommend John McWhorter's book "The Language Hoax — Why the world looks the same in any language". Here's a short article making the point: https://newrepublic.com/article/117521/different-...

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