Friday Speaker Series: Sylvia Schreiner, George Mason University

Subject: Apparent circumfixation with reduplication:Exploring distributed exponence in Classical Greek

Abstract: Perfect aspect in Classical Attic Greek is realized via the combination of two exponents: a reduplicative prefix and a consonantal suffix. Neither of these affixes has an invariant phonological form: the reduplicant copies its form from the leftmost segment in the stem, and the form of the suffix depends on the output phonology of the stem’s rightmost segments. The double exponence of the feature [perfect], the circumfixal nature of these two exponents, and the phonological instantiations of the affixes all represent challenges for analysis. I consider two possible approaches to these data within the Distributed Morphology framework. Under one analysis, two abstract Vocabulary Items with the same featural context for insertion trigger doubling of a feature and subsequent Fission of the Aspect terminal node. Under the other, the determination of one of the two exponents is accomplished via what is essentially contextual allomorphy. I argue that there is a stronger case to be made for the latter approach.

Bio: Sylvia Schreiner is an Assistant Professor of Linguistics in the Linguistics Program at George Mason University. Her research is in syntax, morphology, semantics, and language documentation. Much of her work to date has focused on the morphosyntax and semantics of tense, aspect, mood, and modality. She has worked on documenting Scottish Gaelic since 2007, and is now co-leading a project documenting St. Lawrence Island Yupik. She received her PhD in Linguistics from the University of Arizona in 2012.

Friday, December 1, 2017 at 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Poulton Hall, 230
1421 37th St., N.W., Washington

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