2015 Mar 04

Indo–European: Sam Zukoff (MIT)

5:00pm to 6:30pm


Boylston 303

Repetition Avoidance and the Exceptional Reduplication Patterns of Indo-European

2015 Feb 06

Indo-European: Christina Skelton (Harvard University)

4:00pm to 5:30pm


Boylston 104

Pamphylian: Language and Dialect Contact in Ancient Greek


Among the Greek dialects, Pamphylian is odd-- it seems to represent a mix of several different Greek dialect groups, with influence from the neighboring Anatolian languages.  In this talk, I argue that we can reconstruct the early settlement history of Pamphylia using sociolinguistics to study these patterns of language and dialect contact. Specifically, I argue that Pamphylia was initially settled by a small number of Greek speakers who were outnumbered by native Anatolian speakers who learned...

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2015 Apr 27

Whatmough X Lecture

4:00pm to 6:00pm


Sever Hall 113

X Annual Joshua and Verona Whatmough Guest Lecturer: Jonathan D. Bobaljik,  Professor of Linguistics, University of Connecticut

Title:  Morphological Universals: Comparatives and Beyond

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2015 Jan 30

Florian Schwarz (UPenn)

4:30pm to 6:00pm


Boylston 103

Experimental Comparisons of Presuppositions and Implicatures

A core tenet in the theoretical study of linguistic meaning is that the overall meaning conveyed by an utterance is a conglomerate of different types of inferences, such as entailments, presuppositions, and implicatures. These are commonly assumed to differ, among other things, in their source (e.g., conventional vs. general reasoning) and status (e.g., defeasible or not). While the distinctions in this realm have...

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2014 Nov 14

Circles: Draga Zec (Cornell)

4:30pm to 6:00pm


Boylston 104

At the right edge: coda segmentism and coda weight

Abstract: It is widely assumed that the sonority of segments plays an important role in the overall profiling of the syllable, as well  as in the organization of its subparts. In this talk, I will address the effects of sonority at the right edge of the syllable, standardly referred to as the coda. There are at least two perspectives on the effects of sonority at the right margin, both relying  on the sonority scale. First, as proposed in Clements (1990), the inventory of segments in the coda universally...

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2014 Nov 24

Universals: Andrew Nevins (UC London)

5:30pm to 7:00pm


Boylston 303

The Rise and Fall of the L-Shaped Morphome: Diachronic and Experimental Studies

Abstract: It has been suggested that the Romance first person singular indicative forms a base of derivation for the subjunctive paradigm, even though the latter shares no morphosyntactic features with the former (Maiden, 2004). The existence of such patterns has been taken to be an argument for autonomous morphology and the existence of unnatural ‘morphomes’, in the sense of Aronoff (1994). Experimental investigations with native speakers of Portuguese, Italian, and...

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2014 Nov 10

Universals: Larry Hyman (Berkeley)

5:30pm to 7:00pm


Boylston 335

Initial Vowel Length in Lulamogi: Cyclity or Globality?

Over the past several decades there has been recurrent skeptism concerning cyclic derivations in phonology, one of the most central tenets of traditional generative and lexical phonology and morphology. Some of the proposed cyclic analyses have been argued not to require cyclicity, or to represent lexical relations that are not totally productive (as in certain cases in English). For those surviving cases, a major strategy within optimality theory has...

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