Phee, Phi, Pho, Phum

Andrew Nevins

A detailed investigation of systems of noun-verb agreement systems from languages near and far, outlining the assumptions and consequences of theories of inflection with respect to a) syntactic configurations b) person, number, and classificational distinctions c) transparent and non-transparent phonological expressions of these features and d) learnability of inflectional systems by the child. Four of the days will be devoted to looking at one language in detail.

There will be only one required reading per day, and (for 4 of the days) a brief "homework" exercise to be discussed the next day.

On a separate page are (optional) highly relevant readings.