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P-interest today at noon: Harizanov

Boris Harizanov will talk about his work on the syntax/phonology interface at P-interest today at noon in the Greenberg room.

Diagnosing phonological movement: Infixation in Chamorro 

Syntactic movement relations can be established on the basis of reconstruction effects, whereby a syntactic object (e.g., a phrase) occurs in one position with respect to some criteria (e.g., surface position) but in one or more other positions with respect to other criteria (e.g., thematic interpretation, binding). Work on phenomena such as clitic noninitiality and infixation reveals that it might be possible to construe these phenomena as involving movement relations at the level of phonological/prosodic structure (e.g., Prosodic Inversion). If so, does phonological movement give rise to reconstruction effects, like its syntactic counterpart? I provide evidence from infixation in Chamorro that a morphophonological object can occur in more than one position with respect to different phonological/prosodic criteria. Specifically, morphemes that are infixes on the surface in this language also behave like prefixes with respect to a certain phonological alternation (umlaut). A key piece of evidence involves an opaque interaction between infixation and reduplication in Chamorro, which leads to an analysis of infixation in the language as movement of an underlying prefix to its infixal surface position.

Meghan Sumner named Clayman Center Fellow

Congratulations to Meghan Sumner, who has been named a Faculty Research Fellow of the Clayman Center for this year!

Look Who’s Talking!

Zachary Wilkins will be giving a talk at the 2014 Hispanic Linguistic Symposium, held next weekend at Purdue University: “Algo es algo: Toward a typology of tautologies with evidence from Spanish”.

Rob Podesva will give a Linguistics colloquium at the University of Michigan next Friday, November 14.

Numerous Stanford sempragmaticists will present at CUSP (California Universities Semantics & Pragmatics) this weekend at UCLA:

  • Prerna Nadathur, “Implicative verbs and presuppositions”
  • Andrea Beltrama, “Very UCLA, totally next in line”
  • Phil Crone, “Asserting Clarity as Managing Awareness”
  • James Collins, “Be about to and the proximal future”
  • Dasha Popova, “Noun multidimensionality and gradability through the prism of the ‘tot eshjo N’ construction in Russian”
  • Sara Kessler, “Adjectives and the Stage-Individual Level Distinction: A corpus study”
  • Lelia Glass, “Need to vs. have to vs. got to: A corpus study in semantic variation”