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Linguistics Seminar Series - Presentation by Jeffrey Punske, PhD

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Linguistics Department
FLB 1080, Lucy Ellis Lounge
Nov 13, 2017   4:00 - 5:00 pm  

Dr Jeffrey Punske received his PhD in Linguistics from the University of Arizona in 2012. He has since worked as a lecturer and assistant professor in a variety of University settings. He is currently the Director of Undergraduate Studies and a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL. 


In this talk, I address questions of the grammatical representations necessary to derive dissimilation phenomena. At a narrow level, I will provide a complete account of the doubl-ing effect (Ross 1972) within a Minimalist and Distributed Morphology approach. In doing so, I provide arguments for the broader goal of excising global constraints from morphosyntax. While the doubl-ing pattern is best characterized in global terms, the explanation motivated here deals fundamentally with a local relationship—adjacency of –ing affixes at linearization. I argue that if a single global morphosyntactic constraint like the Doubl-ing Constraint can be replaced by a derivational explanation, then perhaps general constraints, like THE SYNTACTIC OCP (Hiraiwa
2010a), may also be eliminated. A comparison between the relative power of span-based approaches (cf. Svenonius 2012) and head-movement-based approaches is also provided, with special attention to questions of derivation versus representation.

His website can be found here and his CV here.

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