Conference Presentations and Talks
2012 Palatalization in Eastern Low German for GLAC 18. Abstract:While some scholars have argued that consonant palatalization in West Germanic is the result of language contact, others have made the argument that it is inherited (Huï¿½1911; Weise 1911; Teuchert 1913; Koerth 1914; Grï¿½b 1921; Jacobs 1996; van der Hoek 2010). Additionally, one must consider that palatalization could have been innovated independent of contact as it is a common cross-linguistic development. In this paper, I argue that within the eastern most reaches of the Low German speaking territory of the 20th century, palatalization should be understood to be due to inheritance, contact, and endogenous change. One can come to this conclusion on the basis of the geographical distribution of segments which undergo palatalization and the segment outcomes and compare that with cross-linguistic tendencies and regional socio-political evidence.
2012 Abo Optional Anti-Agreement for ACAL 37. References. Abstract: Anti-Agreement Effects (AAE) in Bantu languages are descriptively the selection of one agreement marker over another. Theoretically this morphological alternation is the fall out from subject extraction in relative clauses and wh-questions. Previous accounts of Bantu AAE (Schneider-Zioga 2000) argue that long distance extraction can induce optional AAE, but this optionality is treated as free morphological variation. Based on evidence from Abo (A42), a North-Western Bantu language, I argue that even seemingly “optional” AAE should not be understood as free morphological variation and is in fact governed by syntactic principles.
2012 The History of English: An introductory linguistics lecture with a brief overview of the history of the English language. This lecture includes a video link to the Open Univeristy’s History of English condensed.
2012 Midterm Review: This lecture was given as a midterm review for an introductory class for non-majors. While I doubt you will be studying for the exact same midterm, I would encourage you to look at this if you are interested in presentation style. The topics covered in this review are phonetics, phonology, and morphology.
2012 What is Grammatical Gender?: This lecutre was given to an introductory class for linguistics majors. The lecture gives a short overview of different types of gender systems and then discusses how different systems are typologically related to each other by using WALS.