Tuesday, October 18, 2011

POSTPONED: Yvan Rose To Give Upcoming Seminar Series talk

New Date TBA

Join us on December 1st in SN 2098 at 3:30 when Yvan Rose will speak on:

Categorical Development in Child Language: Some Preliminary Results


Vihman & Croft (2007) propose a (radical) templatic approach to phonological development, whereby children build prosodic templates from phonetic evidence available in their target languages. At the centre of this proposal is an outright rejection of features as independent categories in phonological representations. Building on earlier work by Levelt & van Oostendorp (2007), I reject this (radical) claim, and argue for the need for features in phonological development. Building on an early research project on the parallel development of consonants and consonant clusters, I present data from child Catootje (from the CLPF Dutch acquisition corpus). Categorical behaviours are noted, all of which suggest a central role for features in segmental development.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Department of Linguistics


Dr. David Crystal

Renowned linguist Dr. David Crystal, who will receive an honorary degree at Memorial’s fall 2011 convocation ceremonies. He will also speak on the topic of:

Language Death: Writing the Obituary of Languages?

Half the languages of the world will die out within the next century. This talk reviews the way languages are dying, asks why, and then asks what can be done. It presents the arguments why people should be concerned, drawing a parallel with other ecological domains. For less academic occasions, such as literary festivals, the talk includes extracts from literature, and also from David Crystal's play 'Living On', which dramatizes the endangered language situation.  Time: 90 minutes.

DATE: Thursday, October 20th

TIME: 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.


Reception to follow