The Weekly Newsletter of MIT Linguistics

Issue of Monday, February 21st, 2011

A short Whamit! for a shortened week

There are no meetings of Phonology Circle, Ling-Lunch, or LFRG this week.

Syntax Square 2/22 - Bethany Lochbihler

Speaker: Bethany Lochbihler
Title: Transitivity and animacy mismatches in the Ojibwe verbal paradigms
Time: Tuesday, February 22, 11:30am-12:30pm
Location: 32-D461

This paper proposes a unifying account of verb finals in Ojibwe (Central Algonquian) using Cyclic Agree (Béjar & Rezac 2009) to license Person features. I give an account of the long-standing puzzle of transitive inanimate verbs bearing animate intransitive theme-signs, even though these two types of verbs mismatch in both animacy and transitivity. Further, I argue for revisions to the mechanics of Béjar & Rezac’s (2009) Cyclic Agree, and account for the Inverse System found with transitive animate verbs in Ojibwe, which is extended to the verbal finals on ditransitive verbs.

Harvard Phonology Talk 2/24 - Karen Jesney

Speaker: Karen Jesney (UMass Amherst)
Title: TBA
Time: Thursday, February 24, 5:00pm
Location: Boylston Hall, third floor, room 303

Most (= more than half?) of your base are belong to us

Two excellent articles about the research that Martin Hackl and his students are currently conducting in Martin’s Experimental Syntax and Semantics Lab were published here on the website of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Science and here on the MIT website!