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LING Take HOme Final - Amrhein Final Examination...

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Amrhein Final Examination Linguistics 3430 Fall 2007 Professor Michaelis William Amrhein Distribute d Wednesday, December 12, 2007 Due Monday, December 17, 2005, by noon (at my office, Hellems 292) Directions : Answer all 10 questions, using complete, grammatical sentences. Each question is worth 10 points, for a total of 100 points possible. You must  type your responses. You may work in study groups, but your write-up must be  done independently and be in your own words . Write no more than 150 words to answer each question. Be sure to both parts of Question 5 . I will hold office hours Monday 12/17 as usual and will be available for email questions, but I will only answer clarification questions. No late exams will be accepted.  If I am not present at the time you turn your exam in, please place it in my mailbox in the department office next door, Hellems 290. If the department office is closed when you come by, you can slip your exam under my office door. Q UESTION  1 . Semantic decomposition . Both (1) and (2) are ambiguous: 1. The workers put tarps on the roof for a day. 2. Dad almost cleaned out the basement yesterday. Describe the two readings that each sentence has by (a) providing, for each sentence, a Jackendoff-style representation of the type described on pp. 266-271 of the Saeed book (you may use either a flat, bracketed representation or a tree structure), and (b) explaining, for each sentence, what portion of the representation the particular adverbial expression modifies on each reading.
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Amrhein Note . Jackendoff does not provide a way of representing either the durational expression for a couple of days  or the adverb almost , so you do not have to include either of these adverbial expressions in your representations. Just use each representation to explain the two different possible placements that the adverbial expression could have in the representation. Hints . For (1), recall that durational expressions like for a day are supposed to modify atelic verbs  (state verbs and activity verbs). Hints . For (1), recall that durational expressions like for fifteen minutes   are supposed to modify atelic verbs (state verbs and activity verbs). For (2), recall that Jackendoff represents properties as locations. 1 a) b) For the reading that means the workers were doing the action for the  duration of a day, the adverbial phrase modifies the event ‘put tarps’. The  reading that means the tarps were on the roof for a day, the adverbial  phrase is modifying ‘on the roof’. 2 a) 2
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Amrhein b) For the reading that Dad never got to cleaning the basement, the adverb  ‘almost’ is modifying the verb ‘clean’. The other reading where the cleaning  is not completed, the adverb is modifying the whole phrase “cleaned out  the basement . Q
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