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ECOM Spotlight Series: Richard Moore12:15pm
Thursday, January 28th, 2021
12:15 PM - 01:15 PM
Storrs Campus WebExECOM Spotlight Series will host Prof. Richard Moore from U of Warwick. He will be talking on 'The Communicative Foundations of Propositional Attitude Psychology.'
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Linguistics Colloquium: Laura Kalin (Princeton)4:00pm
Friday, January 29th, 2021
04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Storrs Campus OnlineInfixes really are (underlyingly) prefixes/suffixes: Evidence from allomorphy on the fine timing of infixation
Both allomorphy and infixation introduce complexity into morphological systems, in different ways: allomorphy involves a many-to-one correspondence between form and meaning/function, and infixation disrupts the linear integrity of forms. Both are found across the world’s languages, and have been the subject of much empirical inquiry and theorizing—on infixation, see e.g. Ultan 1975, Moravcsik 1977, 2000, Halle 2001, Yu 2007, Samuels 2009; on allomorphy, see e.g. Carstairs 1987, Paster 2006, Veselinova 2006, Mascaró 2007, Bobaljik 2012. These studies present a plethora of ideas about how, when, and why infixation and allomorphy take place, and they make (unstated) predictions about how the two phenomena should interact.
This talk presents the results of the first cross-linguistic study of allomorphy involving infixation, considering 51 case studies from 42 languages (15 language families). The two phenomena interact in consistent, systematic ways, with distinct sets of behaviors characterizing suppletive and non-suppletive allomorphy involving infixes. The robustness of these findings supports a universal architecture of the morphosyntax-phonology interface, specifically, the type of serial architecture proposed by Distributed Morphology and related approaches (Halle and Marantz 1993, 1994, Embick 2010, Bye and Svenonius 2012). The findings run counter to the predictions of fully parallel models (e.g., McCarthy and Prince 1993a,b, Prince and Smolensky 1993), those that allow the phonology to regulate suppletive allomorph choice (e.g., Mascaró 2007, Wolf 2008, Bermudez-Otero 2012), and those that take infixation to be “direct” (e.g., Inkelas 1990, Yu 2007, Wolf 2008).
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Linguistics Colloquium: Jason Merchant (University Of Chicago)4:00pm
Friday, February 12th, 2021
04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Storrs Campus OnlineJason Merchant is a Professor of Linguistics at The University of Chicago. He will be giving a talk entitled "Do roots or words lexically select? New and old puzzles."
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On Abstraction Principles
Paolo Mancosu (Berkeley)4:00pm
Friday, February 26th, 2021
04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Storrs Campus ZoomTBA
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Diane Lillo-Martin and Jonathan Henner’s article on the “Acquisition of Sign Languages” has been published in this year’s volume of the Annual Review of Linguistics (Vol. 7:395-419).[Read More]
Muyi Yang will give a talk at Goethe University Frankfurt as part of their Semantics Colloquium on the 21st January 2021. The talk will be titled: “Iffy if: Japanese moshi in conditionals and related constructions”. Information on how to join the talk online can be found here: https://www.linguistik-in-frankfurt.de/en/talk-by-muyi-yang-uconn/[Read More]
The 95th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America took place virtually between January 7th-10th and UConn linguistics was represented at the conference by: Sarah Asinari. Interrogative vs. Non-Interrogative Quantifier Float in Dialectal English (poster) Zheng Shen (PhD 2018, now at National University of Singapore). Coordinate Structure Constraint and Conjunction Agreement Troy Messick (PhD 2017, […][Read More]
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