Language Sciences Colloquium – Johns & Steuck

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The Ease of Codeswitching: Testing processing cost through the prosodic structure of bilingual speech Michael A. Johns and Jonathan Steuck Pennsylvania State A fundamental question of sociolinguistic approaches to codeswitching (CS), defined as the fluid …

Linguistics Fridays Colloquium Talk – Cudworth

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Menominee Sibilants Andrea Cudworth, UW-Madison   This paper analyzes sibilants in Menominee through the historical record and modern acoustic analysis. Menominee has maintained and , though they are no longer contrastive as they were in …

Linguistics Fridays Colloquium Talk – Heggarty

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New Online Resources for Exploring Phonetic and Lexical Diversity across Language Families:  Sound Comparisons and IE-CoR Paul Heggarty, Max Planck Institute   Sound Comparisons is a database and website structure for exploring diversity in phonetics …

Linguistics Fridays Colloquium Talk – Wedel & Ussishkin

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Signal evolution within the word Andy Wedel, University of Arizona Languages have been shown to optimize their lexicons over time with respect to amount of signal allocated to words: words that are on average less …

Historical Linguistics Reading Group 11/9/18

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This week the group will continue their discussion of "Save the Trees: Why We Need Tree Models in Linguistic Reconstruction (and When We Should Apply Them)" by Guillaume Jacques & Johann-Mattis List, Journal of Historical …

Linguistics Fridays Colloquium Talk – Lupyan

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How arbitrary is spoken language? New evidence for iconicity Gary Lupyan, Department of Psychology, UW-Madison   It has been taken as self-evident that the relationship between word forms and meanings is arbitrary. Knowing what a …

Historical Linguistics Reading Group 9/21/18

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The first meeting of the Historical Linguistics Reading Group will be Friday 9/21. The group will be reading and discussing the article "Save the Trees: Why We Need Tree Models in Linguistic Reconstruction (and When …