Morphology & Syntax Workshop

January 28, 2022 | 12:30PM
Rosenwald 432

The Morphology & Syntax Workshop will meet this Friday, January 28, 2022 from 12:30-2:30pm in Rosenwald 432. Darragh Winkelman (UChicago) will be presenting "Perso-Arabic Borrowings in Ottoman Turkish". The workshop will be held in hybrid format, though we encourage those who feel comfortable to attend in person to engage with Darragh's work together! Below you can find the abstract for Darragh's talk:


Perso-Arabic Borrowings in Ottoman Turkish 
 Darragh Winkelman 
This project examines the use of Perso-Arabic material in Ottoman Turkish with a focus on the Persian nominal linker. It is observed that within the Persian nominal linker construction, the use of Turkish roots is prohibited while Turkish morphological material is limited to the periphery. I argue that the Ottoman data is best accounted for by stipulating that etymologically foreign roots and affixes are marked with either one or both of the features [Persian] and [Arabic]. Similar to the [Latinate] feature often proposed for English derivational morphology (e.g., in Aronoff 1976), these features result in a slew of combinatoric restrictions. Since only the adjunction of [Persian]/[Persian, Arabic] material is constrained, rather than the distribution of Turkish affixes/roots, Turkish material may be adjoined to [Persian]/[Persian, Arabic] structures only provided further [Persian]/[Persian, Arabic] material is not subsequently adjoined. This allows for Turkish material on the periphery of nominal linker constructions, but nowhere else. Cases like Ottoman Turkish are thus not the result of the application of multiple grammars. Rather, a single grammar has integrated alien material but constrained its distribution via feature specification. Ottoman Turkish and English thus borrow in the same fashion. The difference is simply that a) Ottoman Turkish borrowed material from two languages rather than one and b) borrowing was not limited to derivational morphology.    

The schedule for the remainder of the quarter is as follows:


2/11 -- Brianna Wilson & Andrew Murphy (UChicago) - "Discontinuous Noun Phrases and Irrealis Movement in Iquito"

2/25 -- Stefan Keine (UCLA) - Topic TBA


The Zoom link:

Topic: Morphology & Syntax, 1/28/22
Time: Jan 28, 2022 12:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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