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SPOT Research Cluster Workshop

May 4, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 7:30 pm  |  Humanities 1, Room 210

SPOT Research Cluster Workshop 5.4.19

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SPOT (Syntax-Prosody in Optimality Theory) is part of an NSF-funded research project aiming to create a computational platform that generates prosodic structure candidate sets from syntactic (grammatical) structure in different languages. SPOT aims to deepen our understanding of the relationship between grammatical structures on the one hand, and how sentences are pronounced on the other, in a typologically diverse array of natural languages. Following the very successful SPOT 1 workshop on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, which led to successful funding from the NSF in 2018, we will hold a THI-sponsored SPOT 2 workshop on Saturday, May 4, 2019. Besides presenting the developments of the program since SPOT 1, the SPOT 2 workshop will also feature research talks on the Syntax-Prosody interface and Optimality Theory by invited speakers from the East Coast and Europe, as well as Bay Area researchers.

SPOT 2 Program:

9:30am – 10:00am Pre-workshop coffee and bagels

10:00am -12:00pm “SPOT: theory and analyses”
Jenny Bellik¹, Gorka Elordieta², Junko Ito¹, Nick Kalivoda¹, Armin Mester¹
(¹UC Santa Cruz, ²University of the Basque Country)
Discussant: Alan Prince (Rutgers University)

12:00pm -1:00pm Lunch (catered)

1:00pm – 2:00pm “Nested Interacting Stress Window Systems”
Naz Merchant (Eckerd College)
Discussant: Arto Anttila (Stanford University)

2:00pm – 3:00pm “Recursive phonological phrasing in Italian”
Nick Van Handel (UC Santa Cruz)
Discussant: Gorka Elordieta (University of the Basque Country)

3:00pm -3:30pm Coffee Break

3:30pm – 4:30pm “Incorporation in Crow as phonological reduction”
Chris Golston, CSUFresno
(with John Boyle, CSUFresno, & Lewis Gebhard, NEIU)
Discussant: Ryan Bennett (UC Santa Cruz)

4:30pm – 5:30pm“Big accent distribution in Stockholm Swedish”
Sara Myrberg (Lund University, Sweden)
Discussant: Nick Kalivoda (UC Santa Cruz)

5:30pm-7:30pm Dinner at the Cowell Provost House


May 4, 2019
9:30 am - 7:30 pm


Humanities 1, Room 210
1156 high st
Santa cruz, CA 95060 United States
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