Linguistics job talk: Seeing ‘phon’-ology in (silent) words
Please join the Linguistics Department for a job talk by Shengyun Gu, a PhD candidate in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Connecticut.
In this talk, Shengyun will present evidence from blended words, nonsense words, and loan words from different languages to show that phonological structure and rules are psychologically real. Going beyond that, she will also provide evidence from soundless languages (i.e., sign languages) to argue that those phonological principles in the organization of a word transcend different modalities. By looking at both spoken and signed languages, we create a greater understanding of the structure and organization of the ‘meaningless’ side of human language faculty.
Shengyun Gu is a PhD candidate in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Connecticut. Her research interests include phonology, morphology, and phonological development in signed and spoken languages.