Speaker: Stephanie Harves
Title: Silent GO in Slavic
Abstract: This talk explores the licensing of a silent predicate GO in three Slavic languages: Russian, Czech, and Slovenian. The construction of interest is where silent GO occurs with a directional Prepositional Phrase, as in (1).
(1) Ja očen’ xoču v N'ju-Jork!
I.nom really want to New York.acc
‘I really want to go to New York!’ (Russian)
The existence of a silent predicate GO in various Germanic languages goes back to work by Barbiers (1995) and van Riemsdijk (2002), followed up more recently in work by van Dooren (2014). Within Slavic, Marušić and Žaucer (2005) present arguments for a null silent GO in Slovenian. In this talk, I replicate the results of various tests for Slovenian and present new data from Russian and Czech that highlight constraints on the licensing of this silent predicate related to modality and aspect. Such explorations raise questions cross-linguistically as to what licenses the silence of various predicates at large.