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Tuesday, September 25, 2018
12:30pm – 1:30pm

Storrs Campus
Oak 338

Paula Fenger will give a practice talk for NELS 49.

Size matters: auxiliary formation in the morpho-syntax and morpho-phonology

Recent work has shown that dummy AUX(iliaries) arise when two features compete for the same word (Kiparsky 2004, Bjorkman 2011, Pietraszko 2017). I show that this pattern is also found in agglutinating languages. However, this effect can be obscured by a rebracketing process (Embick and Noyer 2001) that combines two morphological words (V and AUX) into a single word. Careful attention to the domains of different phonological processes reveals the smaller words within words, showing that the same processes that create auxiliaries due to feature markedness constraints apply in agglutinating languages.


Lily Kwok ( and Shuyan Wang (

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (primary), Linguistics Department, UConn Master Calendar

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