The Phonology Circle is a weekly forum for the presentation of current research in phonology and phonetics. Phonology Circle will meet on Mondays this semester from 5:00-6:30pm in 32-D831 unless otherwise noted.

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Fall 2017

September 11, 2017
  • Phonology Circle: Roni Katzir (TAU & MIT) and Ezer Rasin (MIT)

    September 11, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    32-D831

    Learning opacity, optionality, and abstract URs using Minimum Description Length

    Abstract:
    We discuss two posters that we will present at the Annual Meeting on Phonology 2017:

    1. Acquiring opaque phonological interactions using Minimum Description Length

    Opacity poses an obvious challenge for the child learning the phonology of their ambient language: a process to be acquired loses support because of environments in which it was supposed to apply but didn’t (e.g., counterfeeding) or…

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September 18, 2017
  • Phonology Circle: Suyeon Yun (University of Toronto)

    September 18, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    32-D831

    Title: Allophonic variation of the word-initial liquid in Korean dialects

    Abstract:
    This study presents large-scale production data of the word-initial liquid allophones in North and South Korean dialects. In South Korean dialects, liquids cannot occur in word-initial position, and Sino-Korean word-initial liquids undergo deletion (e.g., /Lipjəl/ → [ipjəl] ‘parting’) or nasalization (e.g., /Lotoŋ/ → [notoŋ] ‘labor; Iverson & Kim 1987, a.o.). It is reported, however, that the initial liquid /l/ or /r/ in recent…

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