Wendell Kimper (University of Manchester),Thursday, 14 March 2019, 4.15pm - Adam Smith Building, Room 915
Published: 6 March 2019
Markedness, Frequency, and Alien Names: using novel data to uncover implicit grammatical knowledge.
The question of whether principles of universal markedness play an active role in the synchronic grammars is a long-standing and unresolved issue in phonology. In this talk, I present work in progress that uses a novel source of data to address this question: the names given to non-Terrestrial characters in science fiction.
Does the sense of phonotactic "oddity" associated with these characters' names represent departures from native-language lexical statistics, or is there evidence that markedness principles have a role to play?
First published: 6 March 2019