ADÇ/ALC Semineri, 14 Mart 2008

9 Mart 2008 Pazar

14 Mart 2008 Cuma günü saat 16:40’da ADÇ 2008 Bahar döneminin üçüncü konuşması SOAS ve Boğaziçi Üniversitesi'nden Aslı Göksel tarafından gerçekleştirilecek. Konuşma Hacettepe Üniversitesi, Beytepe Kampüsündeki Edebiyat Fakültesi binasında bulunan B4 103 no’lu derslikte sunulacak. The word meets utterance intonation: the effects of prosody on the interpretation of bound morpheme sequences başlığını taşıyan konuşmada ve diğer konuşmalarda görüşmek üzere.

14 Mart 2008, 16:40 H.Ü. Edebiyat Fakültesi (Giriş Kat), B4 103 no’lu derslik.

The word meets utterance intonation: the effects of prosody
on the interpretation of bound morpheme sequences
Aslı Göksel (
Boğaziçi University & SOAS

It has been observed before that a stem with bound morphemes, a word, may show both templatic and compositional structure. While some affix sequences are fixed in order but are ambiguous, hence are non-compositional and templatic, other sequences reflect the order of syntactic-semantic compositionality. This indicates that constraints internal and external to morphology affect the interpretation of words simultaneously.
A lesser known aspect which affects the interpretation of morpheme sequences is prosody. Stress at the level of the phonological word in Turkish has been analysed in various ways (Inkelas 1999, Kabak and Vogel 2001, Charette 2007). But as is well-known, an item which is morphologically and phonologically a word may also syntactically be a sentence and semantically a proposition, and would therefore be expected to be sensitive to phenomena at the higher levels of the prosodic hierarchy (Selkirk 1984, Nespor and Vogel 1986 and much work to follow), namely at the level of the utterance.
In this talk, I will focus on the effects of contrastive stress, an utterance level event, as it applies to words such as the ones below:

(1) a. koş-acak-lár-dı b. koş-acák-lar-dı c. koş-acák-tı-lar

(2) a. doktor-lár-dı b. doktór-lar-dı c. doktór-du-lar

I will evaluate the data in terms of its implications for the prosodic hierarchy and in the context of serial vs multi-dimensional approaches to the place of morphology in grammar. This data suggests that the form and interpretation of a construction with multiple affixation is determined by the simultaneous input of different components as suggested in various recent approaches (cf. Ackema & Neeleman 2005, DiSciullo 2005, Culicover and Jackendoff 2005).

Ackema,P.&A.Neeleman (2005) Beyond Morphology. Interface Conditions on Word Formation. OUP.
Charette, M. (2007) The end of the ‘word’ in Turkish. SOAS ms.
Culicover, P. and R. Jackendoff (2005) Simpler Syntax. Oxford: Blackwell.
DiSciullo, A.-M. (2005) Asymmetry in Morphology. MIT Press.
Inkelas, Sharon (1999) ‘Exceptional-stress attracting suffixes in Turkish: representations vs the grammar’. In Kager, R., H. van der Hulst, W. Zonneveld (eds.) The Prosody-Morphology Interface, 134-187. Cambridge: CUP.
Kabak,B.&I.Vogel (2001) ‘The phonological word and stress assignment in Turkish.’ Phonology.
Nespor, M. and I. Vogel (1986) Prosodic Phonology. Dordrecht: Foris.
Selkirk, E. (1984) Phonology and Syntax: The Relation between Sound and Structure. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

The talk and the presentation material will be in English upon request.

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