Month: March 2016

Caha & Ziková (2016): Vowel length as evidence for a distinction between free and bound prefixes in Czech

Vowel length as evidence for a distinction between free and bound prefixes in Czech Pavel Caha, Markéta Ziková March 2016 direct link: http://ling.auf.net/lingbuzz/002919 In Czech as well as other Slavic languages, verbal particles (throw the cat OUT) are always glued to the

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Nagy (1963): System and circuit designs for the Tobermory perceptron

A description of a hardware implementation of a multilayer neural network speech recognition system. http://blogs.umass.edu/brain-wars/files/2016/03/nagy-1963-tobermory-perceptron.pdf For further information about Tobermory and other projects of Rosenblatt’s group at the time, see Nagy (1991). Nagy, George. 1963. System and circuit designs for the

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In memoriam: Hideki Zamma

We have received some sad news about Hideki Zamma, and tributes from Shigeto Kawahara and Arto Anttila. Please feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section. From Shigeto Kawahara Hideki Zamma passed away on March 22nd, 2016, a

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Kawahara 2016: Japanese geminate devoicing once again: Insights from Information Theory

Japanese geminate devoicing once again: Insights from Information Theory Shigeto Kawahara March 2016 direct link: http://ling.auf.net/lingbuzz/002904 This paper is about devoicing of voiced obstruent geminates found in Japanese loanword phonology. Nishimura (2003) discovered that voiced geminates can optionally devoice when

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Dissertations on Chatino tone from UT Austin

From Tony Woodbury – a set of dissertations, and two papers, on the fascinating Chatino tonal systems.  The Chatino dissertations that deal with tone are all at: https://sites.google.com/site/lenguachatino/recursos-academicos In particular, there are five dissertations, each on a different variety. Villard, Stéphanie.

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Rahimi 2016: The phonetics and the phonology of final boundary tone in Northern Kurdish

The phonetics and the phonology of final boundary tone in Northern Kurdish Adel Rahimi March 2016 In this study we have analyzed the difference in boundary tone in northern Kurdish (Kurmanji) in four different sentence structures: Declarative, Imperative, Exclamatory and

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Savoia 2016: Enhancing stressed /a/ low frequency components in the context of sonorants. Some proposals on the phonological representations

Enhancing stressed /a/ low frequency components in the context of sonorants. Some proposals on the phonological representations Leonardo Savoia February 2016 In this article two main topics are addressed: the treatment of vowel-sonorant interaction processes and, as a crucial point,

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Spahr 2016: Contrastive representations in non-segmental phonology

Contrastive representations in non-segmental phonology Christopher Spahr January 2016 This thesis develops and tests a unified model of word-level prosodic contrasts. Traditionally, word prosody has been analyzed within disparate models (such as autosegmental theory for tone, metrical theory for stress,

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de Chene 2016: Description and Explanation in Morphophonology: The Case of Japanese Verb Inflection

Description and Explanation in Morphophonology: The Case of Japanese Verb Inflection Brent de Chene January 2016 The suffixal alternations of Japanese verbal inflection have been analyzed in at least four distinct ways in the literature. In this paper, working in

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de Chene 2016: r-Epenthesis and Ryukyuan

r-Epenthesis and Ryukyuan Brent de Chene January 2016 Focusing to begin with on the Shuri dialect of Okinawan, this paper poses the question of whether Ryukyuan languages display evidence for the analysis of verbal morphology proposed for Japanese by de

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