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 2016

September 12, 2016
  • Phonology Circle: Ezer Rasin (MIT)

    September 12, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    32-D831

    The stress-encapsulation universal and phonological modularity

    Cross-linguistically, the distribution of segmental features is often conditioned on the position of stress. In American English, for example, [t] is flapped between a preceding stressed vowel and a following unstressed vowel (políDical vs. politícian), voiceless stops are aspirated at the onset of a stressed syllable (opphóse vs. opposítion), stressless vowels undergo reduction (át@m vs. @tó mic), and [h] is deleted before an unstressed, non-initial vowel (…

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September 19, 2016
  • Phonology Circle: Erin Olson

    September 19, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    32-D831

    In the phonological acquisition literature, it has been observed that children sometimes acquire marked structures of the target language in a two-step fashion: they go through a stage in which they produce the marked structure only in some privileged position(s) within the word, before producing that structure in the full range of positions found in the target language. These stages have primarily been analyzed as being due to the ranking schema in (1) (Tessier 2009).

    (1) Positional Faithfulness >&…

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September 26, 2016
  • Phonology Circle: Carolyn Spadine

    September 26, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    32-D831

    "Transitivizer Deglottalization in St’at’imcets: Rethinking Intraparadigmatic Faithfulness"

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October 3, 2016
  • Phonology Circle: Aleksei Nazarov

    October 3, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    32-D831

    Title: Learning parametric stress without domain-specific mechanisms

    (Joint work with Gaja Jarosz (UMass))
    A parametric approach to the acquisition of stress (Dresher and Kaye 1990, Hayes 1995) is attractive for defining a small learning space. However, previous approaches (Dresher and Kaye 1990, Pearl 2007, 2011) have argued that domain-general learners, such as the Naïve Parameter Learner (NPL; Yang 2002), are not sufficient for learning stress parameters, and that UG contains domain-specific mechanisms for individual parameters: substantive “cues” as well as a…

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October 17, 2016
  • Phonology Circle: AMP practice

    October 17, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    32-D831

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October 24, 2016
  • Phonology Circle: Rafael Abramovitz

    October 24, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    32-D831

    "Opposite-edge reduplication without Anchor"

    Reduplication in Chukotkan languages (Chukchi, Koryak, Alutor, Kerek) has attracted attention in the phonology-morphology literature due to the fact that it copies to the opposite edge that it copies from (Riggle 2003, Nelson 2003, Inkelas 2008, i.a.), which has been used to argue for the necessity of Anchor constraints to place reduplicants. Building off of previous suggestions in the literature (most notably Kenstowicz (1976), as well as McCarthy and Prince (1996) and Nelson (2003)), I will argue that…

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October 31, 2016
  • Phonology Circle: Ting Huang

    October 31, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    32-D831

    Title: Contrast and context-dependent merger: Evidence from Malaysian Mandarin sibilants

    This study reports an ongoing merger of Mandarin sibilants spoken in Malaysia. The contrast of dental/alveolar vs. palatal sibilants in Malaysian Mandarin (MM) is neutralized in the context of high-front vowel. Specifically, while the contrasts between [ɕa] vs. [sa] and [ɕu] vs. [su] exist, [si] is the only surface form of the coronal sibilant followed by a high-front vowel /i/ ([*ɕi] is not allowed) in MM (…

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November 7, 2016
  • Phonology Circle: Gašper Beguš

    November 7, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    32-D831

    Title: Unnatural Trends in the Lexicon: Diachrony and Synchrony

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November 14, 2016
  • Phonology Circle: Cora Lesure

    November 14, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    32-D831

    Title: La Morfología y la Ortografía del Chuj // Morphophonology and Orthographic Development in Chuj (Mayan)

    This is a practice talk for FAMLi 4 (Form and Analysis in Mayan Linguistics 4) where I will be giving the same talk but in Spanish. The aim of the talk is to present theoretically interesting work on Chuj morphophonology which is understudied, as well as illustrate the direct applications of this work to orthographic development. This is done through examining the…

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November 28, 2016
  • Phonology Circle: open slot

    November 28, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    32-D831

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December 5, 2016
  • Phonology Circle: Adam Albright

    December 5, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    32-D831

    Why do speakers try to predict the unpredictable?

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December 12, 2016
  • Phonology Circle: Edward Flemming

    December 12, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    32-D831

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December 19, 2016
  • Phonology Circle: Diana Archangeli

    December 19, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    32-D831

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December 20, 2016
  • Phonology Circle: Juliet Stanton

    December 20, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

    time and location tba

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