Faculty member Michelle Yuan is an invited speaker at the 23rd Seoul International Conference on Generative Grammar (SICOGG23), which will be held online on August 11-13, 2021. The theme of this year’s SICOGG is “A Comparative Approach to the Syntax-Semantics Interface.”
Faculty member Sharon Rose is an invited speaker at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society (NELS 52), which will be held virtually by Rutgers University on October 29-31, 2021.
Adam McCollum (PhD 2019, now at Rutgers) will be one of three invited speakers for the main session of the 2021 Annual Meeting on Phonology, to be hosted by the University of Toronto and York University (though held virtually) in October. Congrats, Adam!
Faculty member Rachel Mayberry gave an invited talk titled “Maturational limits on language development and neurolinguistic processing: Evidence for a closing of the critical period for language” to the Department of Cognitive Science, Johns Hopkins University, on April 8, 2021.
Obiri-Yeboah, Michael & Sharon Rose. 2021. Vowel harmony and phonological phrasing in Gua
In Gua, an underdocumented Tano Guang language spoken in Ghana, regressive ATR vowel harmony applies within words and non-iteratively across word boundaries. Although vowel harmony is known to cross word boundaries in some languages, little is known about the domains and extent of such harmony. We show that ATR harmony in Gua operates within phonological phrases that preferentially consist of two or three words, with binary phrases at the left edge and ternary phrases at the right edge of the utterance. Syntactic structure can exert an influence, but only with respect to subjects. In addition, we demonstrate that unary phrases are permitted, but not at the edge of the utterance. Gua is the first reported vowel harmony case that shows the same kind of phonological phrasing sensitivity as other prosodic phenomena, such as tone and duration.