Tim Chou was quite busy this summer. In addition to a presentation (jointly with Sujeewa Hettiarachchi) at GLOW in Asia (reported on here), Tim also gave a presentation at the 24th North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics, held during June in San Franciso. The title of Tim's talk was "Causes of A-movement in Chinese". This is how Tim describes what his talk was about:
In this talk, based on the distribution of argument displacement in Chinese raising verb constructions, I argue that (i) there are two distinct forces of A-movement in Chinese - unvalued Case feature and unvalued Topic feature, (ii) feature interpretability and feature valuation should be lexically dissociated, and (iii) there is neither a null expletive nor an EPP structural requirement on T in Chinese.