Graduate student Michael Obiri-Yeboah successfully defended his dissertation “Phonetics and Phonology of Gua” on July 15. His dissertation is a description of Gua, his native language, based on fieldwork in Boso, Ghana. Michael will start a 3-year Assistant Teaching Professor position at Georgetown University in August. Congratulations, Michael!
Graduate student Seoyeon Jang and faculty member Ivano Caponigro will give a talk on “A semantic analysis for Korean echo-questions” at the 29th Japanese/Korean Linguistics Conference (JK29), which will be held virtually on October 9-11, 2021.
Wampler, J. (2021). Do thus: an investigation into anaphoric event reference. Glossa: A Journal of General Linguistics, 6(1), 78. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/gjgl.1297
Work on anaphoric event reference has focused on do so, do it, do this, and do that. This paper reports on an analysis of a heretofore unstudied form of event reference, do thus. Using a corpus of naturally occurring examples, I present evidence that do thus occupies the final slot in a hitherto incomplete paradigm for English event anaphora. Syntactically and semantically, do thus is similar to do so; but at the discourse level it patterns more like do this and do that. The data point to thus as an adverbial demonstrative on par with nominal this and that, which, when paired with do, can be used for complex event reference.