2015 Apr 22

Patrick Jones (Harvard)

5:15pm to 6:45pm


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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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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