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-D461 unless otherwise noted.

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Spring 2017

March 6, 2017
  • Phonology Circle: Abdul-Razak Sulemana

    March 6, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    32-D461

    Title: GETCASE is Violable: Evidence for Wholesale Late Merger

    In this talk, I examine reconstruction effects in a class of A-bar constructions in Bùlì, building on recent proposals about the mechanisms that yield reconstructions asymmetries in A and A-bar movement Takahashi and Hulsey (2009) and the asymmetries within English preposition stranding (P-stranding) Stanton (2016).

    A well known asymmetry between A and A-bar movement is that: while A-movement bleeds binding Condition C, A-bar movement doesn’t. This…

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March 13, 2017
  • Phonology Circle: Aleksei Nazarov

    March 13, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    32-D831

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March 20, 2017
  • Phonology Circle: Joan Mascaro

    March 20, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    32-D831

    Title: Stress Dependent Harmony and Featural Affixation: Metaphony in Romance

    Stress-dependent harmony in Romance (aka metaphony) has been usually analyzed as a case of phonological spreading from/licensing of a final trigger affecting the stressed vowel. In cases in which the trigger has become opaque, either an abstract analysis (Calabrese 1985, 1998) or a morphological analysis (featural affixation or similar; Kaze 1989, Finley 2009) has been proposed. The determination of trigger-target interactions has been analyzed as determined by a prosodic domain (…

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April 3, 2017
  • Phonology Circle: Kevin Ryan

    April 3, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    32-D461

    Onset vs. rime effects in phrasal weight

    Prosodic end-weight (PEW) refers to the specifically phonological aspect of end-weight, whereby prosodically heavier constituents tend to be preferred domain-finally, all else being equal (i.e. controlling for semantics, frequency, morphosyntactic complexity, etc.). This tendency can be seen in coordination ("X and Y" or "Y and X"?) among numerous other constructions, is widespread (though not universal) cross-linguistically, and is amply supported by experiments, including wug-tests. Several explanations have been put…

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April 10, 2017
  • Phonology Circle: Benjamin Storme

    April 10, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    32-D461

    Title: Cyclicity in Standard French: the role of stem-base perceptual similarity

    In Standard French, stems in derivatives behave regularly or cyclically depending on the phonological shape of the suffix: stem-final mid vowels behave regularly if the suffix starts with a non-schwa vowel or a glide, and cyclically otherwise. I compare two approaches to explain this pattern: a syllable-based analysis (cf van Oostendorp 2004 on a similar pattern in Dutch), and a perceptually-based analysis. The syllable-based analysis predicts that…

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April 24, 2017
  • Phonology Circle: Erin Olson

    April 24, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    32-D831

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May 1, 2017
  • Phonology Circle: Rafael Abramovitz

    May 1, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    32-D831

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May 8, 2017
  • Phonology Circle: Ting Huang

    May 8, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    32-124 (NOTE DIFFERENT ROOM!)

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May 15, 2017
  • Phonology Circle: Mitya Privoznov

    May 15, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    32-D461

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