Dresher in Linguistics Fri. 9/18 at 1:30

Elan Dresher of the University of Toronto will give a talk in Linguistics on Friday Sept. 18th at 1:30 in ILC N400. The title and abstract follow.

Contrastive Hierarchy Theory: An Overview.

In this talk I will present an overview of contrastive hierarchy theory, aka Modified Contrastive Specification (MCS) or ‘Toronto School’ phonology. I will set out the main tenets of this theory, and briefly review their antecedents in the history of phonology. I will then illustrate various applications of the theory to topics in synchronic and diachronic phonology, as well as its implications for typology.

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