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UMN Linguistics Colloquium - Kevin Schluter

September 14, 2018 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Ford 115

This week, we're kicking off our Fall Colloquium Series with an exciting talk on neurolinguistics by Kevin Schluter, a recent Arizona graduate who has been working in NYU Abu Dhabi and is teaching an intro class here at UMN for us this fall! You can read an abstract of his talk below. We hope you will join us for this talk on Friday, September 14th at 3:30 PM in Ford 115 (across the hall from the room we met in last year). As always, there will be refreshments and good conversation both before and after the talk. 


Neurolinguistics of Phonological Features in Speech Perception

During speech perception the sounds we hear are converted to mental and biological representations, but how closely do these representations match the ones we posit as formal elements of linguistic theory? This line of research uses electrophysiological data (the mismatch negativity) to investigate the specification and underspecification of phonological features, following Lahiri and Reetz (2002, 2010) and Eulitz & Lahiri (2004)'s Featurally Underspecified Lexicon. We find evidence that some segmental and tonal features are weak or underspecified, and conflicting evidence about the universality of such features across languages.