CRISSP is happy to announce another installment in the CRISSP Lecture Series:
Jolijn Sonnaert will give a talk on “Person and Number: 3rd vs. plural” at the Debrecen Workshop on Pronouns on Feb 24, and Cora Pots will give a joint talk together with Katherine Fraser (Univ. of the Basque Country, UPV/EHU) at the 18th Szklarska Poreba Workshop on March 5 entitled “Motion verbs in progress: a cross-linguistic study of expressive meaning”.
The title and topic of Erin Pretorius’s upcoming CRISSP Seminar has been changed:
Jeroen van Craenenbroeck, Cora Pots, and Guido Vanden Wyngaerd will be presenting talks at the annual Linguistics in the Netherlands (LIN)-day in Utrecht on Feb 4.
CRISSP is happy to announce a new installment in the CRISSP Seminar series next month:
Cora Pots and Jolijn Sonnaert presented talks at ConSOLE XXV in Leipzig last week. You can download their slides here.
The registration page for BCGL9 and CRISSP10 is now open. The early bird registration fee for BCGL9 is 25 euros. Registration for CRISSP10 is free, but required. For more information, please visit the following webpage:
The program for BCGL 9: Phase Theory is now available. You can consult it on the following web page:
BCGL 9 will take place in Brussels on December 13 and December 14, 2016. For more information, see the conference website on http://www.crissp.be/events/bcgl-9-phase-theory/.
CRISSP is happy to announce another installment in the CRISSP Seminar series:
Lecturer: Beata Moskal (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt)
Title: Functional vs. lexical: locality restrictions in morphology and phonology
Date & time: Thursday October 13, 2016 – 15.00-16.30
Location: CRISSP/KULeuven Brussels Campus, room 5120
In this talk, I show that a difference in structure between functional and lexical items has a restricting effect on both the morphology and the phonology, crucially drawing on a difference in structure between the two classes, coupled with locality effects as proposed in Distributed Morphology (Halle & Marantz 1993). Specifically, a category-defining node is responsible in lexical items for (i) morphologically, the absence of case-driven root-suppletion, and (ii) phonologically, the absence of dominant prefixes in vowel harmony and stress. In contrast, in functional items, when category-defining nodes are absent, we find both (i) case-driven base-suppletion, and (ii) dominant prefixes.
In order to account for the morphological restrictions in lexical material, I propose that the presence of a category-defining node has a delimiting effect that causes case to be insufficiently local to the root to condition its suppletion. When a category-defining node is absent, as in functional material, case is free to condition suppletion of the base.
In order to account for the phonological restrictions in lexical material, I propose that the presence or lack of a category-defining node determines where left edge prosodic boundaries are placed in words (cf. Selkirk 1986, 1995), which then has the effect that prefixes lie outside the prosodic domain of the root in lexical items, but not in functional material.
Thus, we see that a morpho-syntactically defined locality domain has a restricting effect on both the morphology (suppletion) and the phonology (vowel harmony and stress).
In the final part of the talk, I briefly discuss the use of suppletion as a diagnostic for morphological structure. Based on joint work, I will show that suppletion patterns in free pronouns show that (morphological) case, and to a certain extent (morphological) number, are internally complex categories, and should be represented in terms of containment with more marked values containing less marked values.