On November 9, our very own Donka Farkas gave a colloquium talk entitled “Non-intrusive questions” for the Department of Linguistics at the University of Connecticut (handout). She greatly enjoyed the lively question period after the talk as well as her meetings with colleagues and graduate students. She reports that, among the many friendly faces she saw, a familiar one was Chantale Yunt, who completed her BA in Linguistics at UCSC in 2015.  Among her many projects, she continues work on tu marked questions in Québécois French.


Junko Ito and Armin Mester recently had an article published in the Journal of Japanese Linguistics. The article, entitled “Tonal alignment and preaccentuation,” examines pitch accent in Japanese. It can be found here, and the abstract is given below:

This paper develops a new analysis of the antepenultimate accent principle that determines the default location of the pitch accent in Japanese words (namely, on the syllable containing the antepenultimate mora). The chief innovation is that this analysis also applies to compounds, where it predicts the location of accent in compounds with “short” N2 (one or two moras) – so-called “preaccentuation” at the end of N1, which often does not coincide with the penultimate mora. In addition, the paper sketches an extension of the analysis subsuming the N2-initial accent characteristic of compounds with “long” N2 (three or four moras).

Congratulations, Junko and Armin!


Due to the temporally skewed distribution of our reading groups, the majority will be taking an off-week instead of interrupting the Thanksgiving festivities for academic discussions. However, s/lab met on Monday from 3:30-4:40 PM in the LCRJenny Bellik and Tom Roberts presented recent joint work in a talk titled “Verbatim memory for surface features: The case of stress shift.”

LIP, SPLAP, MRG, PhlunchS-Circle, and WLMA will not be meeting this week.