Month: July 2019

Fenger (2019) – Size matters: auxiliary formation in the morpho-syntax and morpho-phonology

Size matters: auxiliary formation in the morpho-syntax and morpho-phonology Paula Fenger direct link: http://ling.auf.net/lingbuzz/004674 July 2019 This paper investigates the limits on word formation by looking at periphrastic (V+aux) and agglutinating (V+suffix) verb patterns. I propose that creating syntactic words

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Anttila, Borgeson & Magri (2019) – Equiprobable mappings in weighted constraint grammars

Equiprobable mappings in weighted constraint grammars Arto Anttila, Scott Borgeson, Giorgio Magri direct link: http://ling.auf.net/lingbuzz/004670 June 2019 We show that MaxEnt is so rich that it can distinguish between any two different mappings: there always exists a nonnegative weight vector

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Malčić (2019) – The Asymmetry and Antisymmetry of Syntax: A Relational Approach to Displacement

The Asymmetry and Antisymmetry of Syntax: A Relational Approach to Displacement Justin Malčić direct link: http://ling.auf.net/lingbuzz/004661 March 2019 In both syntax and phonology, it has long been observed that significant restrictions exist on displacement. One such restriction ensures that displacement

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Caplan, Kodner & Yang (2019) – Miller’s Monkey Updated: Communicative Efficiency and the Statistics of Words in Natural Language

Miller’s Monkey Updated: Communicative Efficiency and the Statistics of Words in Natural Language Spencer Caplan, Jordan Kodner, Charles Yang direct link: http://ling.auf.net/lingbuzz/004660 June 2019 Is language designed for communicative and functional efficiency? G. K. Zipf famously argued that shorter words

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Cheshire (2019) – The Algorithmic Method for Translating MS408 (Voynich).

The Algorithmic Method for Translating MS408 (Voynich). Gerard Cheshire direct link: http://ling.auf.net/lingbuzz/004653 June 2019 This paper is to demonstrate the algorithmic method for translating MS408 (Voynich). It translates an entire page to demonstrate clearly that the translation concurs with the

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Pearl (2019) – Poverty of the Stimulus Without Tears

Poverty of the Stimulus Without Tears Lisa Pearl direct link: http://ling.auf.net/lingbuzz/004646 June 2019 Poverty of the Stimulus (PovStim) has been at the heart of ferocious and tear-filled debates at the nexus of psychology, linguistics, and philosophy for decades. This review

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Hao & Andersson (2019) – Unbounded Stress in Subregular Phonology

Unbounded Stress in Subregular Phonology Sophie Hao, Samuel Andersson direct link: http://ling.auf.net/lingbuzz/004642 June 2019 This paper situates culminative unbounded stress systems within the subregular hierarchy for functions. While Baek (2018) has argued that such systems can be uniformly understood as

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Tanner, Sonderegger, Stuart-Smith & Consortium (2019) – Vowel duration and the voicing effect across English dialects

Vowel duration and the voicing effect across English dialects James Tanner, Morgan Sonderegger, Jane Stuart-Smith, SPADE Data Consortium direct link: http://ling.auf.net/lingbuzz/004640 June 2019 The ‘voicing effect’—the durational difference in vowels preceding voiced and voiceless consonants—is a well-documented phenomenon in English,

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Gallagher, Gouskova & Rios (2018) – Phonotactic restrictions and morphology in Aymara

Phonotactic restrictions and morphology in Aymara Gillian Gallagher, Maria Gouskova, Gladys Camacho Rios direct link: http://ling.auf.net/lingbuzz/004635 November 2018 Nonlocal phonological interactions are often sensitive to morphological domains. Bolivian Aymara restricts the cooccurrence of plain, ejective, and aspirated stops within, but

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Gouskova & Gallagher (2019) – Inducing nonlocal constraints from baseline phonotactics

Inducing nonlocal constraints from baseline phonotactics Maria Gouskova, Gillian Gallagher direct link: http://ling.auf.net/lingbuzz/004634 February 2019 Nonlocal phonological patterns such as vowel harmony and long-distance consonant assimilation and dissimilation motivate representations that include only the interacting segments—projections. We present an implemented

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