Extra seminar by Clàudia Pons-Moll

Posted on March 14, 2014 by

Next Friday (21st March), Clàudia Pons-Moll of the Universitat de Barcelona will be giving a special LEL research seminar on (Un)Derived environment effects in Catalan and in other Romance languages.

The talk will be in Samuel Alexander A214, at 1pm on Friday 21st. Here’s the abstract:

In this talk we will focus on some (morpho)phonological phenomena drawn from Catalan, Italian and Brazilian Portuguese that only apply either in a underived or in a (specific) derived environment. The processes under evaluation will be stressed-vowel lowering and stress assignment in prestressing suffixed forms in Catalan, Italian and Brazilian Portuguese, and underapplication of vowel reduction in Majorcan Catalan and in Brazilian Portuguese. We will show, on the other hand, how intricate it is to provide a proper formalization of these phenomena under the orthodox machineries developed within OT to account for (un)derived environments effects (such as Comparative Markedness, OT-CC with Optimal Interleaving, etc.), as well as under HS.

And here are some related readings:

A. About prestressing suffixes in Catalan, Italian and BP

B. About underapplication of vowel reduction in Catalan and Brazilian Portuguese (selection)