Issue 2012/11/30

Dmitrieva and Caviglia today for P&P

For the sound-minded and formalism-attuned alike,

Come on by the Greenberg Room (460-126) this Friday at 12:15 for an exciting joint talk:

Olga Dmitrieva (Berkeley, PhD Stanford) & Giulio Caviglia (Purdue)
Convex regions and phonological frequency: Extending the weighted constraints approach.

The currently dominant framework for modeling phonological phenomena, Optimality Theory, provides tools for capturing categorical phonological typology (factorial typology) and can be extended to account for gradient and stochastic phenomena, as well as their frequency. Recently, a competing approach, based on weighted rather than ranked constraints, Harmonic Grammar, has been gaining popularity. In this talk we explore the mathematical bases of Optimality Theory and Harmonic Grammar, the underlying connection between the two and their differences.
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Harley Colloq TODAY, Social Follows

Come one, come all! Heidi Harley (Arizona) will be presenting today (3:30pm, Greenberg) on her work with Mercedes Tubino Blanco. The talk is entitled “Hiaki suppletion, stem classes and the organization of the morphological component” (abstract below). There will be a social afterwards, so come and stay to converse over snacks and drinks.

Heidi Harley: Hiaki suppletion, stem classes and the organization of the morphological component.

The analysis of arbitrary morphological classes has a number of architectural implications in Distributed Morphology (Halle and Marantz 1993). There is no central repository of Saussurean ‘words’ in the framework—no sound-meaning pairings that are the building blocks for both phonological and semantic sentence-level representations. Instead, there are separate lists. One list contains all syntactic and semantic information necessary for the derivation of a well-formed LF representation, and forms the input to the syntactic derivation. A second list, the Vocabulary, describes the phonological realizations that are inserted as exponents of particular syntactic terminal nodes, following all syntactic operations. This raises the question of where class features are located. What elements do rules which are sensitive to class membership refer to? Are they sensitive to properties of the abstract syntacticosemantic formatives of the first list? Or are they instead sensitive to properties of the phonological exponents, the Vocabulary Items in the second list?
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LangCog Lab Meeting Monday

Ally Kraus writes:

Join us for the last lab meeting of the quarter on Monday 12/3 at noon in Jordan 102. We’ll be discussing the paper “From simple innate biases to complex visual concepts” by Ullman, Harari and Dorfman, 2012. Lunch will be served.

The following week (12/10) there will be no lab meeting because of Bay Cogsci. Lab meeting will resume again in January.