[PLing] Guest talk by Prof. Dr. Doreen Georgi (Potsdam)

Dalina Kallulli dalina.kallulli at univie.ac.at
Wed May 20 08:04:42 CEST 2020

Dear colleagues,
Doreen Georgi (University of Potsdam) will be holding a guest lecture online on Thursday, 28 May at 4 o’clock (see title and abstract below). If you would like to attend, please email me so that I can send you the eduMEET link.
Dalina Kallulli

Title of the talk:
On prominence scale interactions in Hayu: a Harmonic Grammar account

In this talk I investigate verbal agreement in Hayu (Kiranti). Hayu exhibits scale effects in agreement, but the pattern is more complex than the examples of scale effects usually discussed in the literature: In Hayu, the agreement controller is determined by a person and by a  number scale. In cases of comflicting prefences, these scales are ranked such that the person scale outranks the number scale. Moreover, this general person over number preference is reversed in one context. This pattern poses a challenge to existing analyses of scale-driven agreement. I propose a Harmonic Grammar-based analysis where an argument’s prominence on scales is quantified and expressed in a harmony score. The agreement rule of Hayu is then very simple: The verb agrees with the argument that has the highest harmony score. In this way, the agreement controller can be determined correctly for all contexts. The apparent exception where the numer scale seems to outrank the person scale (reversing the general person preference) falls out automatically as a cumulative effect. I will also compare this approach to an optimality-theroetic implementation.

Assoz. Prof. Dr. Dalina Kallulli
Institut für Sprachwissenschaft
Universität Wien
Sensengasse 3a, Raum O6.10, 1090 Wien
Tel.: +43-1-4277 41732
Email: dalina.kallulli at univie.ac.at

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