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Monday, October 24, 2016

Linguistics Department Colloquium: Functional pressure from the lexicon shapes phoneme inventory evolution

Colloquium | October 24 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Andrew Wedel, University of Arizona

 Department of Linguistics

A language's sound system must provide for perceptual contrast between morphemes in order to communicate meaning distinctions. Here I present evidence consistent with a model in which lexical competition induces phonetically specific hyperarticulation of individual words, and that this effect in turn influences long-term change in the system of phonemic contrasts.

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Linguistics Department Colloquium

Colloquium | November 21 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Ruth Kramer, Georgetown University

 Department of Linguistics