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Volume 68 7 October 2009 – 13 October 2009

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Mid-Continental Workshop on Phonology
Colloquia and Talks
Fall Semester Discussion Groups
Conferences and Calls for Papers

Mid-Continental Workshop on Phonology

Fifteenth Mid-Continental Workshop On Phonology

Area: Phonology
Location: Indiana University Bloomington - Jordan Hall Room A100
Date: Friday 9 October - Sunday 11 October 2009
Time: 3pm Friday - 1pm Sunday
Registration Fee: $10 Students, $20 Faculty and Postdocs
Contact: Indiana University Linguistics Club

The 15th Annual Meeting of the Mid-Continental Workshop On Phonology (McWop) will be held here at Indiana University next weekend. This is an informal gathering of researchers working in all areas of phonology broadly defined.

Friday October 9th
Features/Gestures (Phonetic and Phonological analyses)
3:00-3:30 Karen Lichtman (University of Illinois) Invariant Gestures? Two Studies of Tongue Tip Gestures
for Coda /t/
3:30-4:00 Yi-Jen Huang (Michigan State University) Loanword Adaptation on Laryngeal Features
4:00-4:30 Elizabeth Casserly (Indiana University) Spread Glottis in Faroese: Realization, Neutralization and Opacity
4:30-4:50 Break
4:50-5:20 Melissa Witcombe (Indiana University) Jot Reflexes in Croatian
5:20-5:50 Justin Glover (Indiana University) An Optimality-Theoretic Account of Dorsal
Obstruent Alternations in Kranichfeld German
5:50-6:20 Jose Hualde, Michael Blasingame,
Marianna Nadeu (University of Illinois),
and Michael Simonet (University of Arizona)
Effect of the Preceding Segment on Spanish Spirantization

Saturday October 10th
9:00-9:30 Kristin Van Engen (Northwestern),
Susanne Brouwer (Max Planck Institute
for Psycholinguistics),
Lauren Calandruccio (CUNY) and
Ann Bradlow (Northwestern)
Speech-in-speech Perception: Linguistic Familiarity
and Similarity
9:30-10:00 Terrin Tamati (Indiana University) Perceptual Similarity of Unfamiliar
Regional Dialects: Some Preliminary Findings
10:00-10:30 Melissa Baese-Berk, Kristin Van Engen,
Mary Ann Walter,
and Ann Bradlow (Northwestern)
Perceptual Similarity of Language and Accents
10:30-10:50 Break
10:50-11:20 Daniel Dinnsen, Judith Gierut, Michele Morrisette,
Christopher Green, (Indiana University)
and Ashley Farris-Trimble (University of Iowa)
Chickens Kick 'n Chew
But Tigers Do Too: The Interacting Error Pattern Problem
11:20-11:50 Rebecca Morley (The Ohio State University) Natural Interactions and the Limits of Unnaturalness
11:20-11:50 Business Meeting
12:20-1:50 Lunch
1:50-2:20 Danielle Reindl (Purdue University) Prosodic Features of a Spanish Ludling
2:20-2:50 Nicholas Henriksen (Indiana University) Early and Late Rises in
Manchego Peninsular Spanish yes/no Questions
2:50-3:20 Kenji Yoshida (Indiana University) Peak Timing and Downtrend of F0 of
Ibukijima Shiki Types and their Phonological
3:20-3:40 Break
Chinese Tone
3:40-4:10 Wang Xiaomei (Heidelberg University, Ohio and
Tianjin Normal University)
An OT Account of the Disyllabic
Tone Sandhi in Ei Language
4:10-4:40 John Scott (Indiana University) A Positional Markedness Approach to
Sandhi Tone Shift in Chaoyang Chinese
4:40-5:10 Yeh Chia-Hsin (Michigan State University) Emergence of a New Tone Sandhi in
Mandarin Nominal Reduplications
5:10-5:40 Eric Baucom (Indiana University) and
Jon Gartner (University of North Carolina)
Effects of Lexical Entries on Tone Perception
5:40-6:00 Break
6:00-6:30 Kristopher Ebarb (Indiana University)
and Michael Marlo (University of Maryland)
An Overview of Nyala Verbal Tonology
6:30-7:00 Kristine Hildebrandt (SIU Edwardsville) Gurung (Tibeto-Burman) at the Tonogenetic Crossroads

Sunday October 11th
Syllable-related matters
9:00-9:30 Anna Bosch (University of Kentucky) Transcription: The Phonetics-Phonology Interface
9:30-10:00 Christiane Kaden (Indiana University) An OT Account of Hiatus Avoidance and
Compensatory Lengthening in Kinyamwezi
10:00-10:30 Rebekah Baglini (University of Chicago) Modeling Variation and Change in Raddoppiamento Sintattico
10:30-10:50 Break
10:50-11:20 Wei Zhang (Purdue University) Huidong La-mi and Fanqi Languages in Chinese
11:20-11:50 Dan Karvonen (University of Minnesota) The Moraic Status of Coda Consonants in Finnish
11:50-12:20 Erin Rusaw and
Jennifer Cole (University of Illinois)
Learning Constraints that Oppose Native Phonotactics from
Brief Experience

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Colloquia and Talks

(Cognitive Science Colloquium) Wisdom of Crowds: Aggregating Retrieved Memories across Individuals

Speaker: Mark Steyvers
Location: Psychology (PY) - room 101
Date: Monday 12 October
Time: 4:00pm

Abstract will be posted as soon as it becomes available.

More information about the Cognitive Science Colloquium Series is available on the series information page.

(French and Italian Student-Faculty Forum Series) Picard neuter subject clitics: variation or allomorphy?

Speaker: Julie Auger
Location: Ballantine Hall (BH) - room 144
Date: Friday 16 October
Time: 2:30 - 3:30pm

The variety of Picard that is spoken in the Vimeu region of France contains three different forms that mean something like 'it' and correspond to French a: a, ch', and a null form. These forms are illustrated below:

I. a sra point d'trop complitch trouvo ('it won't be too difficult to find')

II. Est point ais ('it's not easy')

III. Ichi, ichi ch'est l'Vimeu, oui ('Here, here it is Vimeu, yes')

Such a richness of forms raises many questions concerning their origin and their function. Are the different forms allomorphs of a single pronoun? Do they occur in free variation? If not, what determines which form is used: phonological, semantic, or syntactic factors? Is the alternation between them a result of language contact between French-like ch' and Picard form a? In this lecture, I will provide elements of answer based on an analysis based on an extensive corpus of written and oral data.

(Linguistics Colloquium Series) Thematic Patterns and Comprehending Chinese Relative Clauses in Context

Speaker: Charles Lin
Location: Ballantine Hall (BH) - room 105
Date: Friday 16 October
Time: 3:45pm - 5:45pm

In this talk, I discuss the syntactic and contextual issues in the processing of Chinese relative clauses. Experiments of sentence comprehension will be reviewed to show that the structural position of a relativized gap plays an important role in the processing of Chinese relative clauses. In addition, I present evidence demonstrating that the thematic patterns in the contexts prior to relative clauses can be a source of bias. Contexts themselves should, therefore, be constrained in the examination of structural issues in head-final relative-clause processing.

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Fall Semester Discussion Groups

Syntax Reading Group

Location: Memorial Hall (MM) - Room 401 (Phonetics/Computer Lab)
Date: Friday 16 October
Time: 12pm-1:30pm
Contact: Yoshihisa Kitagawa

NEXT MEETING: Discussion will center around Angelika Kratzer's 1996 paper Severing the External Argument from its Verb. Leslie Gabriele will lead the discussion.

Syntax Reading Group meet this semester on fridays from 12-1:30pm in the Linguistics Seminar Room (MM 317a). Some topics loosely decided on are "phases" and "small v." If you would like to participate in the discussion, please mail Dr. Kitagawa to request a copy of the next reading.

Computational Linguistics Discussion Group

Location: Memorial Hall (MM) - Room 401 (Phonetics/Computer Lab)
Date: Tuesday 13 October
Time: 11am
Contact: Markus Dickinson

NEXT MEETING: Wren Thornton will speak on using the Joshua System for Phrase-Based Statistical Machine Translation

We are continuing a CL discussion group this semester, a forum for presentations and discussions. Anyone who has work-in-progress (at any stage) can present their work in this informal setting and receive feedback. It's a good opportunity to get outside perspective and input from colleagues on current project, to give such input on other people's project, and also just to keep up-to-date about the different types of interesting CL-related work being done here at IU.

Parsing Reading Group

Location: Memorial Hall (MM) - Room 401 (Phonetics/Computer Lab)
Date: Friday 9 October
Time: 10-11am
Contact: Sandra Kübler

The two primary discussion topics for this semester are dependency parsing and the parsing of Minimalist grammars. Readings will cover dependency parsing first and last, with an excursion into Minimalist parsing in October.

The next session will cover the first three sections from Sandra Kübler's latest book, co-authored with Joachim Nivre and Ryan McDonald.

If you are interested in joining the discussion, please contact Sandra Kübler to request online access to the readings.

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Conferences and Calls for Papers

Information about a wide range of conferences can be found in the Linguistics Calendar Conferences Supplement, which is currently being updated. Please check this link early next week for a list of opportunities for conference attendance and paper submission in areas of interest to IU Linguists.

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Last modified: 7 October 2009