Talk by Priscilla Adenuga, Monday 3rd, 4-6 pm

We are very happy to announce the next talk in the Syntax Colloquium, which will take place on Monday, May 3, 4 – 6 pm in IG 254. Priscilla Adenuga will present „Syntactic analysis of the external syntax of Adjectives in attributive positions in Ògè“.     You are cordially invited!...
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Talk by Silvia Schaefer, Monday 27th, 4-6 pm

We are very happy to announce the next talk in the Syntax Colloquium, which will take place on Monday, May 27, 4 – 6 pm in IG 254. Silvia Schaefer will present „Subject clitic doubling in North-Eastern Italian dialects displaying an agreement alternation in inversion“. Abstract: Subject clitic doubling in North-Eastern Italian dialects displaying an agreement alternation in inversion I will present a short introduction to the topic of subject clitic doubling along with data from two North-Eastern Italian dialects in particular (te dialects of Gazzolo and Ballò, both in the Veneto region) that display a systematic agreement alternation with postverbal subjects. The data shows that the two dialects differ in the decisive factors triggering (or rather not triggering) agreement and the doubling of a postverbal DP. The analysis will single out the decisive factors for clitic doubling and show the underlying mechanism for the full and defective agreement pattern in the dialects in question.   You are cordially invited!...
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PhD / researcher position in Phonology

The Institute of Linguistics, Faculty of Modern Languages (FB 10), Goethe University Frankfurt, offers a position of a Scientific researcher (E13 TV-G-U, 50%-part-time) starting October 1st, 2019 up to three years (with possible extension). The salary grade is based on the job characteristics of the collective agreement (TV-G-U) applicable to Goethe-University. Application Requirements: The successful candidate should hold a Master degree in linguistics with a specialisation in phonology. An excellent command of spoken and written German and English is mandatory. The candidate should enjoy working in an independent and pro-active manner. Excellent organisational, communication and interpersonal skills are essential. Responsibilities: The successful candidate will conduct research within the area of prosodic phonology and will be responsible for the following tasks: • Preparation and conduction of teaching BA- and MA-level classes at the Institute of Linguistics (2 LVS = one course per semester) • Advice of students for preparation of BA- and MA-theses, and course assignments • Participation in preparing and conducting of research projects at the professorship of linguistics/phonology, particularly...
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Talk by Klaus von Heusinger (University of Cologne), Thursday 23rd, 4-6 pm

We are very happy to announce the next talk in the Semantic Colloquium, which will take place on Thursday, May 23, 4 – 6 pm in IG 4.301. Klaus von Heusinger (University of Cologne) will present „The dual-process activation model – the comprehension of definite and indefinite noun phrases“. Abstract: We argue that the comprehension of definite and indefinite noun phrases is best described within a dual-process model of referent activation. In a first process, a comprehender accesses the concept associated with the noun phrase’s descriptive material while, in a second process, the function of the noun phrase’s article guides the comprehender to select the denoted referent(s). Importantly, definite articles signal that there is a unique element that falls under the previously activated concept. In contrast, indefinite articles signal that there are (potentially) multiple referents for the previously activated concept. The dual-process model proposed here was tested in a visual-world eye-tracking experiment and an neurolinguistics experiment that tested the event related brain potentials....
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Talk by Hannah Sande (Georgetown University), Wednesday 22nd, 4-6 pm

We are very happy to announce the next talk in the Phonology Colloquium, which will take place on Wednesday, May 22, 4 – 6 pm in IG 4.301. Dr. Hannah Sande (Georgetown University) will present „An interface model of phonologically determined nominal concord“. Abstract: In Guébie (Kru, Niger-Congo) [Côte d'Ivoire] adjectives, as well as third person pronouns, phonologically resemble their antecedents. Phonologically determined nominal concord systems such as this one pose questions for 1) whether syntax can access phonological information (argued against since at least Zwicky and Pullum 1986) , and 2) the point at which nominal concord applies in the grammar. I show that with post-syntactic nominal concord operations (Kramer 2010, Norris 2014), underspecification of vocabulary items, and phonological constraints ensuring shared features between morphosyntactically agreeing elements, we can account for phonologically determined concord without requiring syntax to be sensitive to phonological information. You are cordially invited!...
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