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160157 VO Lecture in Phonology (2019S)

Phonology at the Interface


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Language: German, English

Examination dates


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Monday 06.05. 13:30 - 16:00 Seminarraum 2 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Wednesday 08.05. 12:30 - 14:30 Seminarraum 2 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Friday 10.05. 13:30 - 16:00 Seminarraum 3 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Saturday 11.05. 10:30 - 15:30 Seminarraum 2 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Monday 13.05. 13:30 - 16:00 Seminarraum 2 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Monday 13.05. 16:00 - 17:30 Seminarraum 2 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Wednesday 15.05. 08:30 - 10:30 Seminarraum 2 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Wednesday 15.05. 17:30 - 19:30 Seminarraum 8 Sensengasse 3a 5.OG
Friday 17.05. 13:30 - 16:00 Seminarraum 2 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Saturday 18.05. 10:30 - 15:30 Seminarraum 2 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG


Aims, contents and method of the course

In the course of the past 20 years or so, considerable efforts have been devoted to building workable accounts of the syntax/phonology interface (Kaye 1995, Borer 2005a,b, 2013, Embick 2010). Except for Kaye (1995), most of the proposals emanate from syntacticians. In this class, we will look at things as phonologists and critically evaluate extant proposals, asking a) what sort of phonology is compatible with those proposals? and b) is it good enough?
The answer to b) will be «Not that bad…But there is definitely room for improvement!». We will rapidly review key features of the relevant morphosyntactic devices advocated by the authors mentioned above, especially phases. Then, we will focus on notions such as spellout, roots especially (do they cluster?), the identity of affixes and their relation to stems. The phenomenologies we will examine are, among others, Gender exponence, Number exponence, Diminutive Formation, Semitic templates and their possible deconstruction.

Assessment and permitted materials

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

0-50% = negativ
51-64% = genügend
65-77% = befriedigend
78-89% = gut
90% und mehr = sehr gut

Examination topics

Theoretical Linguistics, Volume 40: all the papers in that volume

Reading list

Borer, H. (2005a) Structuring Sense I, Oxford: Oxford University Press
Borer, H. (2005b) Structuring Sense II, Oxford: Oxford University Press
Borer, H. (2013) Structuring Sense III, Oxford: Oxford University Press
Creemers, A., J. Don, P. Fenger (2018) Some affixes are roots, others are heads, Natural Language and
Linguistic Theory 36, 45-84
Embick, D. (2010) Localism versus Globalism, Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press
Fathi, R. & J. Lowenstamm (2016) The Gender Assignment Pattern of French Nouns, Morphology 26,
Kaye, J.D. (1995) Derivations and Interfaces, Frontiers of Phonology (J. Durand & F. Katamba, eds.),
London: Longman, 289-332
Kramer, R. (2015) The Morphosyntax of Gender, Oxford: Oxford University Press
Lowenstamm, J. (2011) The Phonological Pattern of Phi-features in the Perfective Paradigm of
Moroccan Arabic, Brill’s Annual of Afroasiatic Languages and Linguistics, 140-201
Lowenstamm, J. (2014) Derivational Affixes as Roots, The Syntax of Roots and the Roots of Syntax (A.
Alexiadou, H. Borer, F. Schäfer, eds.), Oxford: Oxford University Press, 230-259
Mathieu, E., M. Dali, G. Zareikar (2019) Gender and Noun Classification, Oxford: Oxford University
Trommer, J. (2012) The Morphology and Phonology of Exponence, Oxford: Oxford University

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