Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Aspects of Plurality in =Hoan (Collins 2001)

Abstract: In =Hoan, nouns and verbs can be pluralized. This article investigates various syntactic and semantic aspects of plurality in =Hoan: first, the formation of plurals of inalienable nouns, then, how the plurals of verbs (termed PLURACTIONAL VERBS) are formed in much the same way as the plurals of inalienable nouns. The phenomenon of pluractional verbs strongly supports the event argument analysis of verbal semantics.

A Syntactic Approach to Case Contiguity

Abstract: Building on the empirical results and theoretical insights of Caha 2013, I show how to derive the Case Contiguity Constraint in a syntactic theory of morphology.  In particular, I show how to derive *ABA in the domain of case syncretism without appeal to late insertion.

A Syntactic Approach to Case Contiguity

Monday, October 12, 2020

Forms of the Copula in English

Here is a new paper on morphology. I do not intend to post this to Lingbuzz. 

Abstract: In this paper, I give a syntactic analysis of the suppletive forms of the copula (i.e., is, are, am) that eschews reference to late insertion, competition and blocking. Rather, the paradigm is explained in terms of a rich set of functional projections dominating the copular VP, and principles by which the heads of those projections are spelled-out.

Forms of the Copula in English

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Labeling without Labels (Collins and Seely)

Abstract: Despite the use of the expressions ‘labels, ‘labeling algorithm’ and ‘projection’ (of labels), it is argued that the labeling algorithm in Chomsky 2013 in fact assumes and is constructed within a label-free syntax of just the sort developed by Collins 2002 and Seely 2006.

Labeling without Labels

Monday, October 5, 2020

Purchasing an E-Reader for Academic Work

I purchased the Onyx Boox Max3 (OBM3) just over two weeks ago. The purpose of this post is to describe why I purchased it, and my experiences with it so far. Hopefully, the post will be of use to other academics who want to purchase an e-reader. As I get more and more accustomed to using it, I will continue to revise this post.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

10 things I miss about Botswana

I was in Botswana during the academic year 2019-2020. I have been home for about a month. So, it is a good moment for me to reflect on the things I miss there. Here is a small list (order not important):

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Basic Tonal Analysis in Fieldwork

The purpose of this document is to outline a simple method for figuring out how to transcribe the tones of a tonal language.