Phonology Circle will meet on Mondays this semester from 5:00-6:30pm in 32-D831 unless otherwise noted. The Phonology Circle is a weekly forum for the presentation of current research in phonology and phonetics. If you want to receive the email announcements, or have any other comments about Phonology Circle, please email either Juliet Stanton or Sam Zukoff.
Kenyon Branan (MIT)
A purely prosodic approach to intervention
The simple intervention effect can be charactarized as a ban on wh-words appearing to the right of words bearing focus. I will argue that simple intervention effects arise as the result of conflicting prosodic requirements, and that the most well attested repair, leftward scrambling of the wh-element, results in a better-formed prosodic structure. I will show that the simple intervention effect is a particular instance of a more general phenomenon, looking primarily at Japanese and Korean. I will also show that this approach predicts that languages with different prosodic requirements on focus-bearing items should not have intervention effects. I look at Egyptian Arabic, which has all of the syntactic ingredients necessary to produce the intervention effect, but nonetheless does not. I show that the prosody of focus in Egyptian Arabic leads us to expect this.
Naomi Feldman (time/place TBA)
Mingqiong (Joan) Luo