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two new articles online

Michael Wagner and Katherine McCurdy. 2010. Poetic rhyme reflects cross-linguistic differences in information structure. Cognition 117. 166–175. [doi] [preprint] Identical rhymes (right/write, attire/retire) are considered satisfactory and even artistic in French poetry but are considered unsatisfactory in English. This has been a consistent generalization over the course of centuries, a surprising fact given that other […]
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paper on rhyme

Something everyone seems to have intuitions about is: What types of rhyme sound good? What types of rhyme sound bad? One particular type of rhyme, called ‘identity rhyme’ (write/right, to bear, a bear), is licit in French but quite poor in English (So poor indeed that King James proscribed the use of identity rhymes in […]
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florian jaeger and dave embick at mcgill

Florian Jaeger will give an invited lecture for the CRLMB consisting of two mini-talks this Monday, May 3rd, as part of the WOMM! Statistics workshop on logit mixed models. Titles: “Efficiency in production: How speakers design their utterances to distribute information uniformly” and “Syntax in flux: Syntactic adaptation in adults.” The lecture is open to […]
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womm! 2010

Workshop on Mixed Models on May 3rd and May 4th 2010 [The slides from the workshop are now posted on Florian’s blog. Thanks everyone who participated for making this an interesting event!] The gripp reading group at McGill and the CRLMB are organizing a statistics workshop on logit mixed models. The workshop will feature lectures […]
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paper on association with focus

Wagner, M. , M. Breen, E. Flemming, Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel & E. Gibson (2010). Prosodic Effects of Discourse Salience and Association with Focus. To be presented at Speech prosody. Three factors that have been argued to influence the prosody of an utterance are (i) which constituents encode discourse-salient information; (ii) which constituents are contrastive and evoke […]
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paper on relative boundary strength

Here’s the revised version of our paper on gradient boundary strength and disambiguation, soon to be presented at speech prosody: Wagner, Michael & Serena Crivellaro: Relative Prosodic Boundary Strength and Prior Bias in Disambiguation Abstract: Previous research found that the relative rather than the absolute size of prosodic boundaries is crucial in disambiguating attachment ambiguities […]
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heads-up: statistics workshop

Statistics Workshop on Logit Mixed Models, May 3-4 2010 at McGill The gripp reading group and the CRLMB are organzing a statistics workshop on logit mixed models. Florian Jaeger (University of Rochester) and his lab will give several tutorials on this and related topics on May 3 and 4 (we might have a 3rd day […]
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paper online

A couple of weeks ago my article “Prosody and Recursion in Coordinate Structures and Beyond” was posted online by Natural Language and Linguistic Theory. Here’s the abstract: Generalizations about relative prosodic boundary strength are recursive. Initial evidence comes from the fragment of English consisting only of proper names and and and or. A systematic relation […]
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rhyme is in the air

[see also a more recent post here. mw, august 8 2010] Kate McCurdy and I are currently working on cross-linguistic differences in constraints on rhyme. Here’s a draft of a recent paper that proposes an explanation for why ‘identity’ rhyme is considered a satisfactory rhyme in French but not in English. We relate this difference […]
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Alternatives to Cartography

The book with papers from the 2007 conference on alternatives to cartography in Brussels (edited by Jeroen van Cranenbroeck) was just published. A pre-print of my article Focus, Topic, Word Order: A Compositional Approach is posted on the semantics archive.
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