Temporal clauses as comparatives: the case of LIS

Publié le 28 août 2017 Mis à jour le 28 août 2017
le 14 septembre 2017
14h - 16 h
Salle E412

Valentina Aristodemo - Institut Jean Nicod, Paris Séminaire clle-ERSS

We investigate temporal constructions in Italian Sign Language (LIS) from a syntactic and

semantic point of view. Syntactically, we show that these are constructions that involve subordinations. Evidence for this comes from asymmetric extraction and prosodic features. Semantically, we show that temporal markers contain a comparative component. In this case, evidence comes from the direction of the movement, anaphoric properties of the temporal markers, which are similar to those of comparative markers in LIS shown by Aristodemo and Geraci (accepted).


We propose a comparative analysis for both AFTER- and BEFORE-clauses that the relevant syntactic projection hosting the temporal marker also includes a degree phrase. The degree phrase allows to establish the relevant comparison between two time instants. This structure is equivalent to that of standard comparatives in which the Degree Phrase that contains the subordinated clauses is adjoined to the matrix IP.