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Discussion: Chomsky 1957 on the English past tense

From Joe Pater I was reading Syntactic Structures recently for a non-phonological project, and I was surprised to come across in a footnote an analysis of an irregular past tense alternation that looked a lot more like Albright and Hayes

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Discussion: Examples of loanword nativization

From Shigeto Kawahara Dear colleagues, I am looking for examples of the following type. In loanword adaptation, sometimes the borrower start using a structure that was not allowed in their native language. For example, Japanese voiced geminates were not allowed

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Discussion: Phonology archives

From Joe Pater I came across an interesting blog post the other day discussing the practice of posting conference papers to arXiv in NLP and machine learning before they have been reviewed. It includes some data from a poll on how people use

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Response and Data: Phonology at general linguistics conferences

From Stephanie Shih (email: shih@ucmerced.edu) Spurred on by the interesting discussion of phonology at general linguistics conferences (initiated by Abby Kaplan, https://blogs.umass.edu/phonolist/2016/05/31/discussion-phonology-at-general-linguistics-conferences/), I was curious what the actual numbers are. Is it the case that the data reflect our intuitions about the

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Discussion: Phonology at general linguistics conferences

From Abby Kaplan: I’d like to solicit thoughts about the representation of phonology at general linguistics conferences.  (I’m thinking particularly of major regional conferences such as WCCFL and NELS.)  As I’m sure we’re all aware, the phonology talks are often

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Gender data from NAPhC question periods

From Eric Bakovic Following the lead of others reported here on Phonolist, I gathered questioner gender data at NAPhC 9 held earlier this month. Stephanie Shih was generous enough to generate the color-coded report based on the data that you

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Kickstarting a plotting revolution: Let’s talk about data visualization

From Alexander Martin Comments are most welcome! A group of young researchers has started an initiative to improve scientific communication, focusing specifically on data visualization and the pitfalls of the ever-present bar plots.   While there exist a wide array

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The representation of women in phonological discussion: Data from SCAMP 2016

From Stephanie Shih  Here is the gender report from the recent meeting of California phonologists in SoCal (SCAMP), run by Eric Bakovic at UCSD, 8-9 April 2016. I’m posting it here in order to foster continuing discussion on the representation

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What’s Harmony?

From Joe Pater (pater@linguist.umass.edu) Paul Smolensky explains the roots of the term “Harmony” in Harmony Theory (and Harmonic Grammar and Optimality Theory) in statistical physics (and vowel harmony): http://blogs.umass.edu/comphon/2016/01/14/whats-harmony/ Smolensky mentions a sign change from the statistical physics formulation, which leads to

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Discussion: Paper review guidelines

From Joe Pater (pater@linguist.umass.edu) Bruce Hayes has agreed to let me post the following draft review guidelines he came up with a little while ago (though see his caveat below). I thought that putting these in the public domain might inspire reviewers

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