2014 Mar 28

Circles: Sharon Inkelas (UC Berkeley)

4:30pm to 6:00pm


Boylston 103

ABC+Q: segmental subdivisions in correspondence

Abstract: Phonological theory has long been challenged by the behavior of contour segments and contour tones in harmony patterns. Sometimes these entities participate in phonology as whole units; at other times, their subsegmental parts act independently. This talk, based on joint work with Stephanie Shih (Stanford/Berkeley), builds on insights from Aperture Theory (Steriade 1993), Articulatory Phonology (Browman and Goldstein 1989; Gafos 2002) and Autosegmental Theory (Goldsmith 1976) to propose a novel...

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2013 Oct 11

Circles: Philippe Schlenker (NYU/Institut Jean-Nicod)

4:00pm to 5:30pm


Boylston 103

Reference: Insights from Sign Language (ASL and LSF)

Abstract: We argue that sign language data (here: ASL and LSF) can bring crucial insights into mechanisms of reference in language.

  1. First, non-indexical pronouns are traditionally taken to come with unpronounced indices that provide them with a referential value. Sign languages have the advantage that these indices are arguably overt (Lillo-Martin and Klima 1990): coreference is typically established by assigning a position (or 'locus') to the antecedent, and by pointing back towards that...
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