Ph.D. candidate Matthew Tyler has recently published two journal articles concerning his work on clitics in Choctaw (Muskogean). One, published in Natural Language & Linguistic Theory, is titled “Absolutive Promotion and the Condition on Clitic Hosts in Choctaw”; this article proposes a morphosyntactic analysis of Choctaw clitics.
News about faculty and students’ publications.
Jason has published an article in the Association for Laboratory Phonology’s journal and presented a talk at its annual meeting.
Graduate Student Sarah Babinski and Professor Claire Bowern recently published a paper on mergers and contextual probability in sound change in the journal Linguistics Vanguard. The journal special issue – on predictability in shaping sound patterns in human language – was co-edited by linguistics department faculty member Jason Shaw and Shigeto Kawahara.
The translations make available some of the earliest writings on the theory of word formation.
Based on field research and a translation of the Bible, Joshua’s paper investigates the difference between the first-person pronouns ai and mi.
Chris Geissler and Kevin Zhang joined nine collaborators from Yale and other institutions to study a gene that may influence the way we perceive consonants.
The paper investigates the effect of predictability on vowel duration in Japanese.
The article investigates the articulation of devoiced /u/ in Japanese.
The article reflects on Larry’s career by recounting stories of the words he has coined.
Results on TAG parsing and finite-state Optimality Theory were presented at TAG+, FSMNLP, and EMNLP.
Assistant Professor Jim Wood published a paper in the journal Syntax and co-authored a chapter in the book Syntactic Variation in Insular Scandinavian.
Two papers by Assistant Professor Jim Wood appear in the latest edition of Linguistic Inquiry.
The papers appear in conference proceedings for Sinn und Bedeutung (SuB), Semantics and Linguistic Theory (SALT), and the North East Linguistic Society (NELS).
He provides an overview of Mayan phonology and, together with Jessica Coon and Robert Henderson, an introduction to Mayan linguistics.
The paper examines whether classroom second-language instruction results in improvement in Japanese vowel duration contrast discrimination.
She is one of several authors on an article in Nature about the genomic history of Aboriginal Australia, and her contributions to that paper were profiled in Science.
Her paper is titled “Covert partial wh-movement and the nature of derivations.”
Yale assistant professor Ryan Bennett published an article in the latest issue of the journal Linguistic Inquiry, alongside collaborators Emily Elfner and Jim McCloskey. The article, “Lightest to the Right: An Apparently Anomalous Displacement in Irish” explains the apparent rightward movement of certain Irish pronouns as the result of prosodic factors.
The paper, co-authored with colleagues in Neuroscience, studies the role of the Foxp2 gene in mouse vocalizations.
Associate Professor Claire Bowern and her Pama-Nyungan Lab have completed the first phase release of CHIRILA (Contemporary and Historical Resources for the Indigenous Languages of Australia), a lexical and morphological database. The name CHIRILA is based on the word tyirilya, a widespread term for ‘echidna’ in