This weekend at FASL 29, Peter Jurgec (University of Toronto) presented his joint experimental work with Jesse Zymet in a talk entitled "Lexical propensities of Slovenian palatalizing suffixes are learned." Click here for the slides. Jesse adds:
The central results are on slides 20/21 & 29 (those are suffixes on the x-axis). They suggest that Slovenian language learners track triggering rates of palatalization that are specific to individual suffixes.
Karee Garvin and Hannah Sande (PhD 2017) have launched a new cross institution discussion group. The group focuses on phonology, welcoming presentations on any and all phonology and phonology adjacent topics. The group meets weekly on Tuesdays at 12:00 PDT. All are welcome to attend. To be added to the mailing list and to receive the Zoom link, email Karee.
Here are the details for the meeting on May 12:
Jack Merrill (Princeton; PhD 2018) and Nik Rolle (Princeton; PhD 2018): Tone triggers vowel-epenthesis and vowel-retention in Wamey (Konyagi).
We present a case of tone-conditioned ǝ-epenthesis in the Wamey language (Niger-Congo: Guinea, Senegal), based on data from Santos (1996). While vowel epenthesis to host an intonational floating tone is attested in a number of languages (Roettger 2017), it has been claimed that vowel epenthesis to host a lexical/morphological floating tone is unattested~impossible (de Lacy 2003, Blumenfeld 2006, Gleim 2019). Wamey presents the clearest case yet of exactly this phenomenon. [Full abstract available here.]
Congratulations to Allegra Robertson and recent post-doc Konrad Rybka , whose article "A grammatical description of Warao imperatives: Formal brevity and morphological complexity" was published this week in Cadernos de Etnolingüística. Read it here!