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.
Issue 9 of San Diego Linguistics Papers, our open-access online working papers series, has just been published and available here. It was edited by Yuan Chai, Neşe Demir, Duk-Ho Jung, and Nina Hagen Kaldhol, and includes two papers:
- Yuan Chai, “Predicting discrimination accuracy by assimilation pattern, overlap score, and acoustic properties”
- Eric Meinhardt, Anna Mai, Eric Baković, Adam G. McCollum, “On the proper treatment of weak determinism: Subsequentiality and simultaneous application in phonological maps”
Faculty members Gabriela Caballero and Michelle Yuan and co-author Claudia Juárez Chávez presented a virtual talk at the 39th meeting of the West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (WCCFL 39), hosted by the University of Arizona. Their talk, part of the Formal Linguistics for Language Reclamation special session, was entitled, “The representation of tone in San Juan Piñas Mixtec: Phonological and orthographic implications.”
Faculty member Michelle Yuan just gave two virtual colloquium talks on her ongoing research on the morphosyntactic properties of noun incorporation in Inuktitut:
- “Movement in Inuktitut incorporation” (UC Berkeley; Monday, March 15, 2021)
- “Noun incorporation and movement chains in Inuktitut” (Harvard Linguistics Circle; Friday, March 26, 2021)
Several departmental members are presenting talks at the online Annual Conference on African Linguistics 51-52 on April 8-10 at the University of Florida. Graduate students Neşe Demir, Yaqian Huang and José Armando Fernández Guerrero are presenting research on Rere (Koalib) stemming from the 2019 field methods classes with Taitas Kanda. Graduate student Anthony Struthers-Young is presenting on Northern Toussian based on his fieldwork in Burkina Faso, and graduate student Nina Hagen Kaldhol and faculty member Sharon Rose are presenting new work on Tira with Himidan Hassen.