Linguistics Department Colloquium Talk: Kathleen Currie Hall

Kathleen Currie Hall (University of British Columbia)
Event time: 
Monday, April 4, 2022 - 4:00pm
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Testing Message-Oriented Phonology in the Signed Modality

In this talk, I will explain the general principles of “Message-Oriented” phonology (MOP), in which language is situated as part of a communication system, and phonology arises at least in part due to pressures to communicate meaningful units both accurately and cost-effectively. I will consider the various predictions such an approach makes for phonological structures, and then show how those predictions can be usefully tested by comparing spoken to signed languages. In the course of that discussion, I will introduce some of the specific tools we have been developing at UBC to help facilitate such testing.

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