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GK Colloquium July 12th: Shota Momma

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, July 12th  GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Shota Momma (UMass) entitled “Structure building in speaking“ (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: Campus Westend Room SH 1.104 & via Zoomto receive a Zoom link for SoSe2022 please send an e-mail to (). GK Colloquium is open Continue Reading

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GK Colloquium July 5th: Alexandra Simonenko

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, July 5th  GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Alexandra Simonenko (Ghent University) entitled “What can historical treebanks teach us about noun phrase semantics?“(abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: Campus Westend Room SH 1.104 & via Zoomto receive a Zoom link for SoSe2022 please send an e-mail Continue Reading

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GK Colloquium June 28th: Adrian Brasoveanu

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, June 28th  GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Adrian Brasoveanu  (University of Santa Cruz) entitled “Induction of Rule Ordering in Production-based Processing Models” (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: Campus Westend Room SH 1.104 & via Zoomto receive a Zoom link for SoSe2022 please send an Continue Reading

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GK Colloquium June 21th: Elaine J. Francis

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, June 21th  GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Elaine J. Francis (Purdue University, US) entitled “Gradient acceptability at the intersections of syntax, discourse, and language processing” (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: Campus Westend Room SH 1.104 & via Zoomto receive a Zoom link for SoSe2022 Continue Reading

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GK Colloquium June 14th: Maria Teresa Guasti

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, June 14th  GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Maria Teresa Guasti (University of Milan Bicocca & ZAS, Berlin) entitled “Relative clauses across languages and across mode of acquisition” (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: Campus Westend Room SH 1.104 & via Zoomto receive a Zoom link Continue Reading

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GK Colloquium June 7th: Artemis Alexiadou(virtual talk)

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, June 7th  GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Artemis Alexiadou (Humboldt University,) entitled “Numeral-noun combinations and the hidden partitive hypothesis revisited” (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: via Zoomto receive a Zoom link for SoSe2022 please send an e-mail to (). GK Colloquium is open to all Continue Reading

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GK Colloquium May 31st: Juliette Thuilier

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, May 31st  GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Juliette Thuilier (Université Jean Jaurès Toulouse) entitled “Modeling the position of the attributive adjective in French: a quantitative and experimental approach” (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: Campus Westend Room SH 1.104 & via Zoomto receive a Zoom link Continue Reading

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GK Colloquium May 24th: Mark Baker (virtual talk)

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, May 24th  GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Mark Baker (Rutgers University) entitled “On Logophoric Phenomena Inside Nominals: Implications for NP Structure” (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: via Zoomto receive a Zoom link for SoSe2022 please send an e-mail to (). GK Colloquium is open to Continue Reading

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GK Colloquium May 17th: Manfred Sailer SketchEngine (virtual workshop)

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, May 17th  GK Colloquium will be hosting a workshop by Manfred Sailer (GU) on ‘Using Sketchengine’, a platform proving access to corpora of many languages (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: via Zoomto receive a Zoom link for SoSe2022 please send an e-mail to (). GK Colloquium is open to Continue Reading

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Dimitrios Kotopoulis at 42nd Annual Meeting of the Department of Linguistics, Aristotle University

42nd Annual Meeting of the Department of Linguistics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki will take place between May 6-8, 2022 (online). Our doctoral researcher Dimitrios Kotopoulis, will present his recent research on “Greek genitives: A dependent case approach” on May 7th. The program could be found here.

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GK Colloquium May 10th: Paula Rubio-Fernandez (virtual talk)

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, May 10th  GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Paula Rubio-Fernandez (MIT) on “The psychophysics of referential communication: Discriminability vs. informativity” (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: via Zoomto receive a Zoom link for SoSe2022 please send an e-mail to (). GK Colloquium is open to all linguists Continue Reading

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A FAZ Interview with Emine Sahingöz on rescuing an endangered Language: Ossetic

Our doctoral researcher Emine Sahingöz gave an interview to the popular newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine on Ossetian language and the attempts to document and rescue this endangered language. To read the whole article in German please click here.

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GK Colloquium April 19th: Thomas McFadden

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, April 19th  GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Thomas McFadden (ZAS) on “What the structural/inherent case distinction can tell us about the implementation of dependent case” (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: via Zoomto receive a Zoom link for SoSe2022 please send an e-mail to (). GK Continue Reading

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GK Colloquium April 12th: Ludovica Serratrice

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, April 12th  GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Ludovica Serratrice (University of Reading/UiT The Arctic University of Norway) on “To share or not to share? Priming syntactic representations in young bilinguals“(abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: via Zoomto receive a Zoom link for SoSe2022 please send an Continue Reading

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RTG is hiring! 1 fully funded PhD position for 2 years. Application due date is April 3rd!

The Department of Romance Studies, Faculty of Modern Language of Modern Languages of Goethe University Frankfurt offers full funding for 1 position as Doctoral Researcher (E13 TV-GU, 65%-part-time) as a part of RTG ‘Nominal Modification‘. Due date for applications is November 3, 2022. For the details of application and requirements please click here.

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Virtual GK Colloquium February 15th: Giacomo Presotto & Maximilian Berthold

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, February 15th, GK Colloquium will be hosting two talks by our doctoral researchers. Giacomo Presotto will present his research entitled ‘On the disambiguation of subjects and objects in ORCs. Some thoughts on ameliorations in intervention effects’ (abstract) and Maximilian Berthold will present her research on ‘Nominal Aktionsarten‘ (abstract). When: 4:15 Continue Reading

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Virtual GK Colloquium February 8th: Nasimeh Bahmanian & Nehir Aygül

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, February 8th, GK Colloquium will be hosting two talks by our doctoral researchers. Nasimeh Bahmanian will present her research on ‘Argument structure affects relative clause extraposition: Evidence from a corpus study on Persian ‘ (abstract) and Nehir Aygül will present her research entitled ‘Computing Quantifier Scope‘ (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm Continue Reading

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Virtual GK Colloquium February 1st: Emine Şahingöz & Emma Merritt

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, February 1st, GK Colloquium will be hosting two talks by our doctoral researchers. Emine Şahingöz will present her research on ‘Differential Object Marking in Ossetic: A corpus-based analysis ‘ (abstract) and Emma Merritt will present her research entitled ‘Identifying Areas of Difficulty in the Comprehension of Recursion‘ (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 Continue Reading

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Virtual GK Colloquium January 25th: Liliana Sánchez

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, January 25th, virtual GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Liliana Sánchez (University of Illinois Chicago) on  “Differential Object Marking and Clitic Doubling in Spanish across the contact continuum” (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: via Zoomto receive a Zoom link for WiSe21/22 please send an e-mail to (). Continue Reading

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Virtual GK Colloquium January 18th: Joana Ferreira & Ahmad Al-Bitar

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, January 18th, GK Colloquium will be hosting two talks by our doctoral researchers. Joana Ferreira will present her research entitled ‘Some remarks on the selectional properties of “possível”: from Latin to modern European Portuguese‘ (abstract) and Ahmad Al-Bitar will present his research entitled ‘Why two word orders of the Continue Reading

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Astrid Gößwein’s Defense: January 14th, 2022

We are very happy to announce that on January 14th (Friday) 2022, Astrid Gößwein (a GK alumni) will be defending her dissertation on ”Processing complexity in prenominal present participle constructions in German”. We all wish Astrid good luck!

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Virtual GK Colloquium January 11th: Anne Pressler & Julien Foglietti

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, January 11th, GK Colloquium will be hosting two talks by our doctoral researchers. Anna Preßler will present her research on ‘The position of French attributive adjectives: a closer look at semantic considerations’ (abstract) and Julien Foglietti will present his research on ‘Proper names where you don’t expect them – Continue Reading

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Fenna Bergsma’s Defense: December 17th, 2021

We are very happy to announce that on December 17th (Friday) 2021, Fenna Bergsma (a GK alumni) will be defending her dissertation on ”Case competition in headless relatives”. We all wish Fenna good luck!

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Virtual GK Colloquium December 14th: Dimitrios Kotopoulis & Tommaso Mattiuzzi

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, December 14th, GK Colloquium will be hosting two talks by our doctoral researchers. Dimitrios Kotopoulis will present his research on ‘Theories of KP’ (abstract) and Tommaso Mattiuzzi will present his research on ‘(Lack of) Nominal Modification: What ‘slim’ nominals might tell us about modifiers’ (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: Continue Reading

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Virtual GK Colloquium November 16th: Sebastian Bredemann

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, November 16th,  GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Sebastian Bredemann (doctoral researcher of GK) on “Phonologically conditioned gender mismatches in French”(abstract).  When: 5:00 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: via Zoom (to receive a Zoom link for WiSe21/22 please send an e-mail to )

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The first call for General Approaches to Language Acquisition Conference (GALA 15) is out.

 GALA 15  Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition Conference  WHEN September 15-17, 2022  WHERE Goethe University Frankfurt  HOMEPAGE: https://www.galafrankfurt2022.com We are pleased to announce the 15th Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition conference (GALA 15) to be held at Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany, on September 15-17, 2022.  ABOUT GALA  GALA is a biennial conference that brings together Continue Reading

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Virtual GK Colloquium November 9th: Viktor Köhlich

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, November 9th,  GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Viktor Köhlich on  “On the Syntactic Status of the Element –no and the Categorization of no-Modifiers in Japanese “(abstract).  When: 4:15 pm-5:00 pm (CET)Where:  via Zoom (to receive a Zoom link for WiSe21/22 please send an e-mail to )

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GK Colloquium will take place virtually again in WiSe21/22!

Dear all after 3 semesters of having GK Colloquium in a virtual format, due to the Corona situation in Frankfurt and its surrounding this semester we will continue to meet virtually for the GK Colloquium. To receive a zoom link please send an e-mail to . For the details of upcoming talks check out the Continue Reading

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Abigail Anne Bimpeh’s Defense: July 14th, 2021

We are very happy to announce that on July 14th, 2021 (Wednesday), Abigail Anne Bimpeh (GK Alumni) will be defending her doctoral dissertation entitled ‘Logophoricity in Ewe: An Empirical-Semantic Assessment of yè‘. We wish Abby good luck!

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Virtual GK Colloquium: Peng Zhou’s talk on June 29th is cancelled!

Please note that which was planned to take place on June 29th had to be cancelled!

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Virtual GK Colloquium:Fatima Hamlaoui’s tak on July 6th is cancelled!

Please note that Fatima Hamlaoui’s which was planned to take place on July 6th had to be cancelled!

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Sanja Srdanović’s Defense: June 10th, 2021

We are very happy to announce that on June 10th, 2021 (Thursday), Sanja Srdanović (GK Alumni)  will be defending her doctoral dissertation entitled ‘Referential Properties of Serbian Possessive’. We wish Sanja good luck!

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Virtual GK Colloquium June 15th: Eulàlia Bonet Alsina

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, June 15th, virtual GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Eulàlia Bonet Alsina on  “Allomorphy and floating segments” (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: Online via Zoom(if you are not a regular member of RTG ‘Nominal Modification’ please send an e-mail to to receive a Zoom access link).

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Virtual GK Colloquium June 8th: Nikolaus P. Himmelmann

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, June 8th, virtual GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Nikolaus P. Himmelmann, on  “Determiners in Wooi (West Papua)” (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: Online via Zoom(if you are not a regular member of RTG ‘Nominal Modification’ please send an e-mail to to receive a Zoom access link).

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Virtual GK Colloquium June 1st: Judith Tonhauser

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, June 1st, virtual GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Judith Tonhauser, on  “A time-relational framework for the temporal interpretation of noun phrases”. Please see below for the abstract. When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: Online via Zoom(if you are not a regular member of RTG ‘Nominal Modification’ please send an Continue Reading

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Virtual GK Colloquium May 18th: Ora Matushansky

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, May 18th, virtual GK Colloquium will be hosting Ora Matushansky, who will give a talk on  “En France, à Paris, là-dedans – où?” (abstract) When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: Online via Zoom(if you are not a regular member of RTG ‘Nominal Modification’ please send an e-mail to to receive a Continue Reading

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Virtual GK Colloquium May 11th: Gert Webelhuth

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, May 11th, virtual GK Colloquium will be hosting Gert Webelhuth (one of our PIs), who will give a talk on On the role of c-command in German. Abstract Reinhart (1983) proposed that quantificational binding is subject to a surface c-command condition. Her claim has been widely accepted in the literature Continue Reading

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Virtual GK Colloquium May 4th: Luigi Rizzi

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, May 4th, virtual GK Colloquium will be hosting Luigi Rizzi, who will give a talk on Some thoughts on merge: typology, labeling, and freezing effects (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: Online via Zoom(if you are not a regular member of RTG ‘Nominal Modification’ please send an e-mail to to Continue Reading

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Virtual GK Colloquium April 27th: Johannes Mursell & Katharina Hartmann

On Tuesday, April 27th, virtual GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk entitled Typing Relative Clauses in Dagbani (Mabia) (abstract) by Johannes Mursell and Katharina Hartmann (one of our PIs).  When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: Online via Zoom(if you are not a regular member of RTG ‘Nominal Modification’ please send an e-mail to to receive a Zoom access Continue Reading

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Virtual GK Colloquium April 13th: Sol Lago

We will open the first slot of the semester with a talk by Sol Lago (one of our PIs) on Grammatical illusions in bilingual processing (abstract). After the talk we will have our virtual social event ‘Welcome & Farewell’ on which we will welcome the 3.cohort of the doctoral researchers, and say goodbye to the current Continue Reading

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Priscilla Adenuga’s Defense: February 17th, 2021

We are very happy to announce that on February 17th 2021, Priscilla Adenuga will be defending her dissertation on ‘The syntax and morphology of nominal modification in Oge’. We wish Priscilla good luck!

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Virtual GK Colloquium February 16th: Natalie Roller & Anna Preßler

On Tuesday, January 16th, virtual GK Colloquium will be hosting two talks by doctoral researchers of GK.  Natalie Roller will present his recent research on ‘Strategies of Nominal Modification in Tagalog’ (abstract) and Anna Preßler will present her work on ‘The role of phonological factors in word order phenomena‘ (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: Online via Zoom(if you are not a Continue Reading

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Virtual GK Colloquium February 2nd: A talk by Akinbiyı Akinlabi is cancelled!

We regret to share the news that Akinbiyi Akinlabi’s talk on February 2nd is cancelled. Our next meeting will take place on February 16th with two doctoral student talks.

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Virtual GK Colloquium January 26th: Sebastian Bredemann & Emma Merritt

On Tuesday, January 26th virtual GK Colloquium will be hosting two talks by doctoral researchers of GK.  Sebastian Bredemann will present his recent research on ‘Accounting for optimizing and non-optimizing phonologically conditioned allomorphy’ (abstract) and Emma Merritt will present her work on ‘Recursive Structures in Language Acquisition: Recent findings, open questions, and implications for linguistic theory’ (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm Continue Reading

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Virtual GK Colloquium January 12th: Ahmad Al-Bitar and Yat Han Lai

On Tuesday, January 12th virtual GK Colloquium will be hosting two talks by doctoral researchers of GK. Ahmad Al-Bitar will present his work on ‘Abstract ‘average’: a Unique modifier‘ (abstract) and Yat Han Lai will present his recent research on ‘Processing non-canonical order’ (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: Online via Zoom(if you are not a regular member of RTG Continue Reading

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Virtual GK Colloquium December 8: Christoph Scheepers

On Tuesday, December 8th virtual GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Christoph Scheepers (University of Glasgow) entitled ‘Syntactic Priming of Relative-Clause Attachments: Implications for the Mental Representation of Syntax‘ (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: Online via Zoom(if you are not a regular member of RTG ‘Nominal Modification’ please send an e-mail to to receive access link)

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Virtual GK Colloquium December 1st: Ana Perez-Leroux & Erin Pettibone

On Tuesday, December 1st virtual GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Ana Perez-Leroux & Erin Pettibone (University of Toronto) entitled ‘Context sensitivity and adjective interpretation in Spanish’ (abstract) When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: Online via Zoom(if you are not a regular member of RTG ‘Nominal Modification’ please send an e-mail to to receive access link)

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Virtual GK Colloquium November 17: Emine Şahingöz & Viktor Köhlich

Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, this semester’s GK Colloquium will take place virtually. We are going to open the first slot of our weekly meetings on November 17th, with two doctoral researcher talks. Emine Şahingöz will present her talk on ‘Centering in Ossetic’ (abstract) and Viktor Köhlich will present his research on ‘Direct and Continue Reading

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Nicolas Lamoure’s Defense: November 13, 2020

Nicolas Lamoure (GK alumni) will be defending his doctoral dissertation entitled ‘Nominal Coordination in Italian, French and German-Internal and external agreement of D>N&>N constructions’ on November 13th, Friday. We wish him good luck!

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Sebastian Bredemann at NELS 51 (online)

The 51st annual meeting of the North East Linguistic Society (NELS 51), hosted by Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), will take place on November 6th-8th, 2020 online. Our GK student, Sebastian Bredemann will present his research on “On the role of phonology at Vocabulary Insertion ” on November 8th (Sunday, @11:45 am EST), abstract can be downloaded here. Continue Reading

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