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ven. 10/11/2017 Séminaire DTT - Conférence Shelece Easterday (DDL & U. Albuquerque)
ISH, salle Betty Albrecht (100A)

The role of morphology in syllable complexity: establishing a cross-linguistic range of variation

In this talk I will discuss issues related to the interaction between morphology and syllable structure complexity. The talk will start with an overview of common theoretical assumptions on the topic and a review of quantitative findings regarding the ways in which morphology can influence the size and shape of syllables. Problems in the current research will be discussed, including the heavy overrepresentation of Indo-European, and especially European, patterns in both empirical and theoretical approaches to the issue. We will also examine ‘unexpected’ patterns from other language families and regions which suggest that there is far more typological variation in the interaction between syllable complexity and morphology than the European data would lead us to expect. The aim of the current project is to systematically explore the interaction between morphology and syllable complexity in a carefully diversified language sample in order to gain a richer understanding of the range of variation in this phenomenon. In the talk, I will elaborate upon some of the hypotheses of the project and discuss methodological and practical issues of language sample construction and data collection for a project of this kind. I also welcome input and open discussion from attendees on relevant patterns from languages that they are familiar with.



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