Please join us this Friday as Yenan Sun from the Linguistics Department presents work on expressions of similarity and identity.
Date and time: Friday, June 1, 11:00 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.
Location: Stuart 209 (Philosophy seminar room)
Title: Two strategies of sameness: Chinese tong and xiangtong
This talk examines two ‘same’s in Chinese : the determiner-like tong (
This analysis brings together several lines of research on ‘same’: (i) how ‘same’ is modelled in semantics (the default option is coreference relation ‘λx.λy. x=y’ while Alrenga 2007 proposes the notion of ‘similarity scale’); (ii) whether different uses of ‘same’ (deictic use, internal use) can be unified under a compositional account (Barker 2007, Charnavel 2015, a.o.); and (iii) the connection between ‘same’ and comparatives (Heim 1985, Beck 2000, Alrenga 2007, Matushansky 2010, Oxford 2010, Hanink 2017, a.o.).