Talk by Stefan Baumann (IfL Phonetik, University of Cologne)

We are happy to announce the next talk in the Phonology Colloquium by Stefan Baumann (IfL Phonetik, University of Cologne). Title: Are highlighted words always informative? On the complex relationship between prosodic prominence and meaning Date: Wednesday, 11.05.2022 Time: 16-18 Location: in person on campus IG 4.301 (in addition, we will stream the talk via Zoom, see below) Abstract: When speakers communicate with each other, relevant parts of an utterance may either be actively highlighted through prosodic and syntactic means, or they are informative in themselves, such as novel or important discourse topics and uncommon words. As a result of both prosodic and syntactic highlighting and semantic-pragmatic informativeness, listeners perceive certain elements of an utterance as more or less prominent. The talk will examine the basic assumption that there is a direct correspondence between the two levels, such that (prosodically) highlighted elements should at the same time be more informative, and vice versa. This relationship has been shown to be much more complex, however, given the...
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TALK BY NELE OTS – WEDNESDAY 5TH 4-6PM

We are happy to announce the next talk in the phonology colloquium by Nele Ots, which was cancelled last year - Abstract below:   05.02.2020 Nele Ots (GU): "Conceptual and linguistic influences on sentence intonation: evidence from English and Estonian languages" Time: 16-18 Room: IG 4.301   Everybody is welcome!   Abstract: The study investigates how early phrasal F0 is planned in experimentally controlled but spontaneous utterances. Phonetic evidence indicates speakers preplan F0 declination (e.g., Yuan and Liberman, 2014). The phonetic F0 data was combined with eye movements to explore how well F0 of phrase-initial energy peaks (also F0 declination) relates to conceptual and phonological levels of planning in two typologically different languages - English and Estonian. Speakers described pictures of simple events with sentences of varying length (e.g., The girl is hanging the pink shirt/ the shirt with ladybirds vs. The girl is hanging a shirt). Importantly, the results showed that speech onset delays and F0 peaks were both affected by the length of the last-mentioned noun phrases (patient...
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Talk by Beste Kamali (Bielefeld) – Wednesday, December 04th, 4-6 PM

We are happy to announce the next talk in the phonology colloquium  - Abstract below:   04.12.19 Beste Kamali (Bielefeld): "On the role of syntax in exceptional word stress in Turkish" Time: 16-18 Room: IG 4.301 Everybody is welcome! --- Abstract ---   On the role of syntax in exceptional word stress in Turkish   As a fixed final stress language, morphological processes that induce non-final stress in Turkish have attracted much attention. These processes are compounding, cliticization, and pre-stressing. Accounts range from purely phonological (Inkelas 1999, Inkelas and Orgun 1998, Kabak & Vogel 2000, Inkelas and Orgun 2003 a.o.) to recently mostly syntactic (Kahnemuyipour and Kornfilt 29006, Newell 2008). I will review the prominent findings and provide a rejoinder to mostly syntactic accounts with novel as well as interconnecting observations. ...
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