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Talk by Adams Bodomo (University of Vienna), Thursday 27th, 4-6 pm

We are very happy to announce a guest talk, which will take place on Thursday, June 27, 4 – 6 pm in NG 1.701.

Prof. Adams Bodomo (University of Vienna) will present „Serial Verb Reduplication in the Mabia Languages of West Africa“.

Abstract (English)
Verb serialization and verb reduplication are widely analyzed grammatical constructions in the languages of Africa and other parts of the world. However, to this day there is no known published extensive study on the interaction between the two grammatical constructions. This paper investigates the interaction between the two phenomena that produces what is referred to in the paper as serial verb reduplication. The study focuses particularly on outlining constraints under which the verbs can be reduplicated within the serial verb construction, showing how these can be formally represented, and pointing to what meanings such reduplications deploy.

Kyɛngmááó (Dagaare)
Vɛ́ɛ́beré táá túúbó ané vɛ́ɛ́beré laborong yélúú é lá gerááma yɛ́lɛ́ nóbanańg kaa a yɛ́lɛ́ yága a Áféréka kɔkɔ́rɛ́ɛ́ póɔ́ ané a tendaá zaá kɔkɔ́rɛ́ɛ́ póɔ́. Kyɛ́ a wa tá zenɛ́, te bá nyɛ́ neɛ́ zaá náng ngmaa a yelbié ámɛ áyi nańg nyɔ́ge táá yɛ́lɛ.́ A péépa nyɛ poɔ́ te boŋ́rɔ káté kaa lá a táá púllúú yɛ́lɛ́. Te na wúlí lá a Konteréntirí nańg wuli a vɛɛberé táá túúbo laborong yelúú ané bon ná nańg só ka á be a gerááma póɔ́.
Keywords: Serial verbs, reduplication, Dagaare, Kusaal, Mabia languages

You are cordially invited!

Talk by Adams Bodomo (University of Vienna), Thursday 27th, 4-6 pm

We are very happy to announce a guest talk, which will take place on Thursday, June 27, 4 – 6 pm in NG 1.701.

Prof. Adams Bodomo (University of Vienna) will present „Serial Verb Reduplication in the Mabia Languages of West Africa“.

Abstract (English)
Verb serialization and verb reduplication are widely analyzed grammatical constructions in the languages of Africa and other parts of the world. However, to this day there is no known published extensive study on the interaction between the two grammatical constructions. This paper investigates the interaction between the two phenomena that produces what is referred to in the paper as serial verb reduplication. The study focuses particularly on outlining constraints under which the verbs can be reduplicated within the serial verb construction, showing how these can be formally represented, and pointing to what meanings such reduplications deploy.

Kyɛngmááó (Dagaare)
Vɛ́ɛ́beré táá túúbó ané vɛ́ɛ́beré laborong yélúú é lá gerááma yɛ́lɛ́ nóbanańg kaa a yɛ́lɛ́ yága a Áféréka kɔkɔ́rɛ́ɛ́ póɔ́ ané a tendaá zaá kɔkɔ́rɛ́ɛ́ póɔ́. Kyɛ́ a wa tá zenɛ́, te bá nyɛ́ neɛ́ zaá náng ngmaa a yelbié ámɛ áyi nańg nyɔ́ge táá yɛ́lɛ.́ A péépa nyɛ poɔ́ te boŋ́rɔ káté kaa lá a táá púllúú yɛ́lɛ́. Te na wúlí lá a Konteréntirí nańg wuli a vɛɛberé táá túúbo laborong yelúú ané bon ná nańg só ka á be a gerááma póɔ́.
Keywords: Serial verbs, reduplication, Dagaare, Kusaal, Mabia languages

You are cordially invited!

Talk by Christian Uffmann (Universität Düsseldorf), Wednesday 19th, 4-6 pm

We are very happy to announce the next talk in the Phonology Colloquium, which will take place on Wednesday, June 19, 4 – 6 pm in IG 4.301.

Christian Uffmann (Universität Düsseldorf) will present „Caught a cool call? Phonetic Change, Splits, and Mergers in Southern England“.

Abstract:

 

Caught a cool call? Phonetic Change, Splits, and Mergers in Southern England
This talk has three aims. Firstly, it reports a series of phonological changes in London English, triggered by a phonetic change. In London, as in many other varieties of English, /u:/ undergoes a gradient process of fronting – but not before tautosyllabic /l/. Thus the vowel in cool is phonetically back while the vowel in coop is phonetically front. This has led to a merger of the cool and call sets. In a subsequent step, we are witnessing a phonemic split where the cool-call set is for some speakers realised differently from the caught set (while for more conservative speakers all three are the same).
Secondly, I am going to propose a phonological analysis of these changes that can also explain why these changes occurred in London. I will show that the merger is a consequence of the properties of the phonological system of London English, while the split is motivated by other current changes to that system.
Thirdly, I want to discuss how the observed changes can shed light on theoretical assumptions made in phonology, especially with respect to distinctive feature theory. How is phonetic change accommodated for in phonological representations, and how can gradient change become categorical? I will argue for a reductionist view of phonological features as purely contrastive, while phonetic gradience and variation occur at the interface to phonetics, and propose a model that can account for phonetic gradience as a consequence of phonological underspecification.

You are cordially invited!

Talk by Christian Uffmann (Universität Düsseldorf), Wednesday 19th, 4-6 pm

We are very happy to announce the next talk in the Phonology Colloquium, which will take place on Wednesday, June 19, 4 – 6 pm in IG 4.301.

Christian Uffmann (Universität Düsseldorf) will present „Caught a cool call? Phonetic Change, Splits, and Mergers in Southern England“.

Abstract:

 

Caught a cool call? Phonetic Change, Splits, and Mergers in Southern England
This talk has three aims. Firstly, it reports a series of phonological changes in London English, triggered by a phonetic change. In London, as in many other varieties of English, /u:/ undergoes a gradient process of fronting – but not before tautosyllabic /l/. Thus the vowel in cool is phonetically back while the vowel in coop is phonetically front. This has led to a merger of the cool and call sets. In a subsequent step, we are witnessing a phonemic split where the cool-call set is for some speakers realised differently from the caught set (while for more conservative speakers all three are the same).
Secondly, I am going to propose a phonological analysis of these changes that can also explain why these changes occurred in London. I will show that the merger is a consequence of the properties of the phonological system of London English, while the split is motivated by other current changes to that system.
Thirdly, I want to discuss how the observed changes can shed light on theoretical assumptions made in phonology, especially with respect to distinctive feature theory. How is phonetic change accommodated for in phonological representations, and how can gradient change become categorical? I will argue for a reductionist view of phonological features as purely contrastive, while phonetic gradience and variation occur at the interface to phonetics, and propose a model that can account for phonetic gradience as a consequence of phonological underspecification.

You are cordially invited!

Talk by Elly van Gelderen (Arizona State University), Tuesday 18th, 4-6 pm

We are very happy to announce the next talk in the GK Colloquium, which will take place on Tuesday, June 18, 4 – 6 pm in SH 5.105.

Elly van Gelderen (Arizona State University) will present „Remarks on nominal modification“.

Abstract:

This talk investigates a number of facets regarding prenominal modifiers, some of it based on your (Uni Frankfurt grad students) interests and some on mine, the aspect and argument structure of deverbal modifiers. I’ll start with your work and discuss the DP from its higher to lower layers: what-for split in Early Modern English, adjective-ordering, three types of adjectives. This will show an expanding DP, at least in the history of English. Regarding argument structure, I’ll discuss two topics, past participles as diagnostic for unaccusatives and changes in a verb’s argument structure as affecting the modifier. English past participles of unaccusative verbs have been taken to modify nouns but not those of unergatives. However, the difference between unaccusatives and unergatives is not always clear-cut (e.g. Keller & Sorace). I will therefore discuss two classes of non-core verbs and how they fare as pre-modifiers. I then examine a change in the argument structure of the verb `fear’ to see whether the deverbal adjective use lags behind.

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).

Das Potenzial der Frankfurter Linguistik liegt vor allem im Bereich der linguistischen Grundlagenforschung. Die rege Forschungstätigkeit wird unter anderem in der DFG-Forschergruppe Relativsätze gebündelt.

Das Institut für Linguistik betreut die Studiengänge BA- und MA-Linguistik, und ist für die linguistische Ausbildung im BA-Germanistik und in den Lehramtsstudiengängen (Fach Deutsch) zuständig.