Seminar Schedule

Upcoming Seminars

Upcoming seminars can be found on the SOL Kalendarium.

Spring Term 2024

Seminars in the Spring Term 2024

Monday, January 22 (15:15–17:00, Room SOL:A158)

Speaker: Victor Bogren Svensson (SOL)

Title: Resultatives in Takituduh Bunun


I will present some preliminary results for resultative constructions in Takituduh Bunun (Austronesian: Central Taiwan). Resultatives are a kind of complex predicate where the clause object undergoes some kind of change, encoded by a combination of a verb and a result phrase (e.g. ‘He hammered the iron flat’ and ‘She cut the paper into pieces’, where hammer’ and ‘cut’ are the verbs and ‘flatand ‘into pieces’’ are the result phrases, respectively). To mark resultatives, Takituduh Bunun combines independent verbs to form multi-verbal predicates. This is a very productive process that also exhibits a great degree of flexibility, both in terms on the ordering of the verbs and their combinations. In the talk, I will focus on how verbs are combined to form resultative constructions, and how this relates to argument structure and transitivity, word order, clause structure and restructuring.

Monday, February 5 (15:15–17:00, Room SOL:A158 or Zoom)

Speaker: Donna Erickson (Haskins Laboratories)

Title:  Mandible movement patterns of Japanese and English: How to reset them


We all know that the phonetic cues of phonological categories are applied differently by speakers of different languages, and that these differences present challenges to teachers and learners of a second language. The purpose of this talk is to show that mandible movement patterns also are language-specific. First, I show how the mandible is the articulatory organizer of the syllable; for each syllable, the mandible opens and closes. Next, I show how the mandible lowers more for emphasis and prominence; then I show mandible lowering patterns for utterances in English and in Japanese. For English, the mandible lowering patterns coincide with the nuclear stress patterns (i.e., metrical organization of the utterance), while for Japanese the mandible lowering patterns show edge-strengthening effects, along the lines outlined by Jun (2014). I then show how language learners tend to carry over their first language mandible movement patterns when learning a new language, and I suggest how mandible training, i..e, “jaw dancing” (Wilson et al. 2020), might help language learners reset their mandible patterns to produce prominence patterns of the new language.

  • Jun, S.-A. (2014).  Prosodic typology: By prominence type, word prosody, and macro-rhythm, In S.-A. Jun (ed.) Prosodic typology II: The phonology of intonation and phrasing, pp. 520– 539, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.
  • Wilson, I., Erickson, D., T. Vance, T., and Moore, J. (2020). Jaw dancing American style: A way to teach English rhythm, Speech Prosody


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