2014 Nov 10

Universals: Larry Hyman (Berkeley)


Boylston 335
5:30pm to 7:00pm

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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2014 Oct 09

Universals: Dan Lassiter (Stanford University)


Boylston 335
5:30pm to 7:00pm

Epistemic adjectives: Lexical semantics meets the psychology of reasoning

Epistemic adjectives – those expressing (un)certainty, such as 'possible', 'likely', 'certain' – are vague and admit of degree modification, like many non-modal adjectives. Recently a number of authors have observed that their modification behavior and the inferences that they license problematize received theories of epistemic modality in a number of ways (e.g., Yalcin 2010; Lassiter 2010, 2014). These authors have conclude that (at least some) epistemic adjectives should be treated as degree expressions...

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2014 Mar 05

Indo-European: Tyler Lau


Boylston 303
5:15pm to 6:45pm

Microvariation in Ryukyuan Verbal Morphology

2014 Feb 26

Universals: Boris Harizanov


2 Arrow Street
Registration Closed 5:15pm to 7:00pm

Syntactically decomposing denominal adjectives in Bulgarian
Consequences for the syntax-morphophonology interface


What are the atoms of syntax and how do they correspond to words? In this talk I address this question by documenting a certain kind of mismatch between the set of objects that syntax manipulates and morphophonological words. In particular, I provide novel empirical evidence from Bulgarian denominal adjectives that certain parts of words can behave syntactically as phrases....

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