SynSem 11/30 – Laura Kalin

Laura Kalin will be speaking in Syntax & Semantics Seminar this Friday. Her talk is entitled: Two Last Resort Phenomena in Senaya (Neo-Aramaic). The abstract can be found below.

Speaker: Laura Kalin
Date/Time: Friday, November 30, 2-4pm
Location: Campbell 2122
Title: Two Last Resort Phenomena in Senaya (Neo-Aramaic)
Contact: Hilda Koopman


In this talk, I lay out novel data revealing two last resort phenomena in the Neo-Aramaic language Senaya, originally spoken in the city of Sanandaj in Iran. I show that theoretically accounting for the behavior of these last resort phenomena is not straight- forward, and that existing theories of last resort phenomena (in particular, Rezac (2011)) cannot fully account for Senaya. As an alternative to previous accounts, I present two possible ways to implement this last resort mechanism dynamically in the syntax, one involving selection, and the other involving the activation of a phi-probe.


Colloquium: Friday 11/30, Dan Swingley (UPenn)

Daniel Swingley will be delivering the department colloquium this Friday, November 30. Lunch follows in Campbell 2122. His talk is titled: Phonetic learning and phonological interpretation.

Speaker: Dan Swingley (UPenn)
Title: Phonetic learning and phonological interpretation
Location: Rolfe 3126
Time: Friday, November 30, 11-1pm
Contact: Anoop Mahajan


What do infants learn when they begin to discover their language? Cognitive psychologists considering phonological development generally favor perceptual-learning, “bottom up” accounts of phonetic category learning, and tend to identify such categories with phonological categories.  Clinicians generally view the lexicon as more important and hold that much of the developmental action takes place after the first year.  I will argue for a hybrid in which the lexicon is important, but right from the beginning.  Young infants learn words and sounds at the same time–but take a long time to figure out how phonological categories should be interpreted.  I will discuss possible solutions to the problem of phonetic category discovery, and experiments on phonetic interpretation in word learning and word recognition.

Phonology Seminar 11/19 – Joint UCLA/USC – Khalil Iskarous

This week is the quarterly joint UCLA/USC Phonology meeting. This time the speaker will be Khalil Iskarous from USC. Please email Kie Zuraw for directions.

Speaker: Khalil Iskarous
Date/Time: Monday, November 19, 7.30-9.30pm
Location: Hayes/Keating residence
Title: Invertebrate and vertebrate microstructure in Phonology
Contact: Kie Zuraw