Issue 2012/12/07

P-interest: Calder, Bowman

Jeremy and Sam are giving LSA practice talks this week at 12:15 in 460-126 (Greenberg).

Theories of syllabification in Nuxalk: hints from text-setting (short talk)
Jeremy Calder

The liberal clustering of consonants in Nuxalk has ignited a variety of syllabification hypotheses, some allowing obstruent-only syllables. Text-setting references the inherent prosodic structure of a language. This study examines six Nuxalk songs, comparing the language’s behavior in music to the parses generated by various syllabification hypotheses. The absence of obstruent-only rhythmic units in these songs shows that hypotheses allowing obstruent-only syllables are incongruent with the rhythmic behavior displayed by the language in music.

Seto vowel harmony and neutral vowels (poster spiel)
Sam Bowman

Seto (Finno-Ugric, Estonia) displays a novel variety of vowel harmony for backness: It provides for non-participating neutral vowels (transparent [i] and word-initial [e], and opaque [o]), and in particular, it does so while also allowing segments in the inventory ([ɨ], [ɤ], and [ø], respectively) which differ from these neutral vowels only in backness. This later observation in particular precludes any analysis based on neutralization, and seriously complicates analysis under any major framework for harmony. I show in this talk that Kimper’s new Competing Triggers approach, set in a cyclic grammar, can account for the Seto data.

Department Holiday Party, 12/10 at 3:30

The Linguistics Department is hosting its annual Holiday Party this coming Monday, December 10, 2012, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m in the Greenberg Room. The party will be a potluck, so please bring something to eat; there’s a sheet on the refrigerator in the kitchen where you should sign up with what you’ll be bringing.

LSA practice talks, Wed 12/12 at noon

As usual, our Department will have a strong contingent at LSA this year, and we’re getting started practicing early. Our LSA practice talk session will be held on December 12 from 12 – 2pm (12/12/12 @ 12!) in the Greenberg Room. There will be three 20 minute talks, with time for questions and comments on each.

Speakers are:

Leila Glass. Analyzing epistemic must like deontic must derives indirectness requirement
Bonnie Krejci. Antireflexivization as a causativization strategy
Stephanie Shih. The similarity basis for consonant-tone interaction as Agreement by Correspondence