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“.


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!