Colloquia

2015 Apr 22

Patrick Jones (Harvard)

5:15pm to 6:45pm

Location: 

Boylston 303

Tone Shift is Phonological, and Phonology is not Emergent: Linguistic knowledge and the acquisition of tone in Kinande

Abstract: Recent work by Archangeli and Pulleyblank (2014) has argued that phonological systems are “emergent” in the sense that they can be acquired without the benefit of a rich innate human language faculty. In support of this view, A&P argue that a complex system of tonal alternations in Kinande (Bantu), standardly analyzed as resulting from a phonological rule (namely leftward H tone shift) made available to the learner via some form of...

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