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Phonology Colloquium: Nele Ots (Goethe Universität)

We are happy to announce the next talk in the phonology colloquium by Nele Ots (Goethe Universität):

Title: Conceptual and linguistic influences on sentence intonation: evidence from English and Estonian languages
Room: IG 4.301
Date: Wed 11.12.19
Time: 16-18

Abstract:
Phonetic corpus studies have found that phrase-initial F0 peaks correlate with duration of intonation phrases, indicating that speakers are able to anticipate the length of their utterances already before the speech onset. The current view on sentence planning is that while conceptual and syntactic planning processes can be broad, comprising larger parts of upcoming sentences, phonological encoding needs to evolve word by word – incrementally. In relation to sentence production, the phonetic observation of F0 raises a question: at which stage are the global parameters of sentence intonation decided in speakers‘ minds? The aim of the study was to empirically verify the causal relationship between the F0 peaks and the duration of intonation phrases, and to explore the online sentence formulation in two typologically different languages – English and Estonian. Speakers described pictures of simple events while their speech and eye-movements were recorded. The results showed that phrase-initial F0 was higher in longer descriptions (e.g., The girl is hanging the pink shirt/ the shirt with ladybirds) than in shorter descriptions (e.g., The girl is hanging a shirt). Also, the speech onsets correlated with the complexity of the second-mentioned noun phrases (NP): sentences containing adjective phrases (pink shirt) or prepositional phrases (shirt with ladybirds) were initiated later than the sentences with simple NPs (a shirt). Finally, the complexity of NPs also influenced the time course of sentence planning. In the early time window of sentence planning (0-400 ms from picture onset), speakers gazed more frequently at agent characters when their descriptions mentioned simple NPs, whereas they gazed more frequently at patient characters when their utterances comprised complex NPs. Thus, the complexity of the second-mentioned NPs influenced the phrase-initial F0, speech latency and the early eye movements, indicating that the speakers anticipated the production of more complex NPs towards the end of their utterances very early before the speech onset. The results demonstrate that F0 peaks are sensitive to the linguistic weight (number of words or syllables in the noun phrases) but also to the conceptual complexity at the higher level of planning (message encoding).

Talk by Kristina Liefke – Thursday 12th 4-6 pm

We are happy to announce a talk by Kristina Liefke  (Goethe Universität) next Thursday at the Semantics Colloquium. Please find an abstract below.

Title: Single-Type Semantics and Depiction Reports (joint work with Markus Werning, Bochum)
Room: IG 4.301
Date: December 12th
Time: 4pm – 6pm

Abstract:
In this talk, we show that single-type semantics (see Liefke and Werning, 2018) provides a compositional semantics for physical and mental depiction reports (e.g. ‚Paul is painting a penguin‘, ‚Uli is imagining a unicorn‘) that improves upon Montague-style semantics (see Moltmann, 1997) and property-based semantics for such reports (see Zimmermann, 2016; cf. Zimmermann, 1993). In particular, single-type semantics accounts for missing de dicto-readings of depiction reports with a strong quantificational object DP, blocks unwarranted inferences to a common objective, and captures the semantic interaction of DPs and CPs in depiction complements. The semantics also makes a number of plausible predictions about the role of context in the interpretation of depiction complements and the subjectivity of depicted contents. 

Talk by Kristina Liefke – Thursday 12th 4-6 pm

We are happy to announce a talk by Kristina Liefke  (Goethe Universität) next Thursday at the Semantics Colloquium. Please find an abstract below.

Title: Single-Type Semantics and Depiction Reports (joint work with Markus Werning, Bochum)
Room: IG 4.301
Date: December 12th
Time: 4pm – 6pm

Abstract:
In this talk, we show that single-type semantics (see Liefke and Werning, 2018) provides a compositional semantics for physical and mental depiction reports (e.g. ‚Paul is painting a penguin‘, ‚Uli is imagining a unicorn‘) that improves upon Montague-style semantics (see Moltmann, 1997) and property-based semantics for such reports (see Zimmermann, 2016; cf. Zimmermann, 1993). In particular, single-type semantics accounts for missing de dicto-readings of depiction reports with a strong quantificational object DP, blocks unwarranted inferences to a common objective, and captures the semantic interaction of DPs and CPs in depiction complements. The semantics also makes a number of plausible predictions about the role of context in the interpretation of depiction complements and the subjectivity of depicted contents. 

Talk by Francesco Pinzin, Monday 9th 4-6 pm

We are very happy to announce the next talk of this semester’s Syntax Colloquium, which will take place on Monday, Dezember 9, 4 – 6 pm in IG 4.301.

Francesco Pinzin will talk about „Latin verbal thematic vowels: aktionsart and overriding“.

Abstract:

Latin verbs show a set of vocalic elements before the Tense/Aspect/Mood morphemes, these elements are usually called Thematic Vowels (TVs):
laud-ā-ba-m mon-ē-ba-m
praise-tv1-impf-1sg advise-tv2-impf-1sg
TVs are mostly analyzed as empty class markers, whose value is purely morphological (a.o., Aronoff 1994). The existence of syntactically and semantically empty morphemes logically requires the existence a post-syntactic and purely morphological step in the derivation where to insert them, call it Morphological Structure, as in Distributed Morphology models, or Paradigmatic/Morphomic level, as in Words and Paradigms models. In this presentation I argue that, as far as Latin TVs are concerned, there is no need for such a step. The distribution of Latin TVs with respect to the morphological base they select, the aktionsart semantics of the verb and the other morphological elements realizing the Latin verbal structure is better understood analyzing them as regular Vocabulary Items which realize semantic-syntactic features. More precisely, I claim that (i) TV /ā/ is a productive agentive verbalizer, which is able to realize a whole agentive vP (see Fabregas 2018), (ii) TVs /ē/ and /ĭ/ are not autonomous morphemes but relictual endings of a vP allomorph of the verbal root and (iii) TV /ī/ has an ambiguous behavior between an autonomous morpheme and the ending of an allomorph of the root.

 

You are cordially invited!

Talk by Francesco Pinzin, Monday 9th 4-6 pm

We are very happy to announce the next talk of this semester’s Syntax Colloquium, which will take place on Monday, Dezember 9, 4 – 6 pm in IG 4.301.

Francesco Pinzin will talk about „Latin verbal thematic vowels: aktionsart and overriding“.

Abstract:

Latin verbs show a set of vocalic elements before the Tense/Aspect/Mood morphemes, these elements are usually called Thematic Vowels (TVs):
laud-ā-ba-m mon-ē-ba-m
praise-tv1-impf-1sg advise-tv2-impf-1sg
TVs are mostly analyzed as empty class markers, whose value is purely morphological (a.o., Aronoff 1994). The existence of syntactically and semantically empty morphemes logically requires the existence a post-syntactic and purely morphological step in the derivation where to insert them, call it Morphological Structure, as in Distributed Morphology models, or Paradigmatic/Morphomic level, as in Words and Paradigms models. In this presentation I argue that, as far as Latin TVs are concerned, there is no need for such a step. The distribution of Latin TVs with respect to the morphological base they select, the aktionsart semantics of the verb and the other morphological elements realizing the Latin verbal structure is better understood analyzing them as regular Vocabulary Items which realize semantic-syntactic features. More precisely, I claim that (i) TV /ā/ is a productive agentive verbalizer, which is able to realize a whole agentive vP (see Fabregas 2018), (ii) TVs /ē/ and /ĭ/ are not autonomous morphemes but relictual endings of a vP allomorph of the verbal root and (iii) TV /ī/ has an ambiguous behavior between an autonomous morpheme and the ending of an allomorph of the root.

 

You are cordially invited!

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Das in Frankfurt am Fachbereich 10 (Neuere Philologien) angesiedelte Institut für Linguistik kann besondere Expertise in den Bereichen Sprachstruktur (Syntax und Phonologie), Bedeutung (Semantik und Pragmatik), Psycholinguistik (Spracherwerb, Sprachverarbeitung) und historische Linguistik vorweisen – diese Bereiche werden von international bekannten Forscherpersönlichkeiten vertreten.

Darüber hinaus bestehen enge Kontakte und über einzelne Projekte hinausgehende Kooperationen mit den Sprachwissenschaftlern in den Einzelphilologien am Fachbereich (Anglistik und Romanistik), mit der Philosophie (Fachbereich 8), und dem Institut für empirische Sprachwissenschaft am Fachbereich 9 (Sprach- und Kulturwissenschaften).

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