Events

Lecture Series: Improving Health in Latin America and Latino USA: Challenges and Opportunities

November 24th, 2014 in Events, Events Fall 2014, Events Spring 2015, Latin American Studies Program, Pardee School of Global Studies.

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Memories of Slavery and French Public Discourse: A Lecture by Françoise Vergès

November 10th, 2014 in African American Studies Program, African Studies Center at Boston University, Center for the Study of Europe, Events, Events Fall 2014, Pardee School of Global Studies.

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Linguistics Faculty Spotlights: Byron Ahn

November 6th, 2014 in 2014/2015 Linguistics Faculty Spotlights, BU Undergraduate Linguistics Association, Events, Events Fall 2014, Faculty, Linguistics Program.

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2014-2015 Lectures in Criticism

November 3rd, 2014 in 2014/2015 Lectures in Criticism, BU Center for the Humanities, Events, Events Fall 2014, Events Spring 2015.

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Poetry Reading by Tino Villanueva

October 27th, 2014 in Events, Events Fall 2014, Faculty.

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Of mice and (of) men: Phonological influences on the omissibility of French ‘de’ in coordination (a talk by Dr. Kie Zuraw)

October 17th, 2014 in 2014/2015 Geddes Lecture Series, BU Undergraduate Linguistics Association, Events, Events Fall 2014, Linguistics Program.

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Abstract:  

In English “pieces of tomatoes and of carrots” and “pieces of tomatoes and carrots” are both possible, and are roughly synonymous. French shows similar variation for its preposition “de” (roughly ‘of’): “morceaux de tomates et de carottes” or “morceaux de tomates et carottes”, though French is much less likely to omit the second “de”.

This talk uses a large written corpus of French to test whether phonological factors influence the omissibility of the second “de”. These factors include the lengths of the words involved, what sound the second word begins with, and whether the words following “de” begin with vowels or consonants (“de” has an allomorph “d’” that is used before vowel-initial words).

These phonological factors do show an influence on rates of omitting the second “de”, which means that either the phonological content of words is accessed before final syntactic decisions are made, or that deleting the second “de” is a phonological operation. We’ll consider some consequences of each of these approaches.

This project also has a methodological goal: it uses some new and fairly user-friendly software tools that allow the whole process from downloading corpus files to producing final plots and statistics to be automated through a single computer script. This makes it easier to correct errors when they’re caught and to manage a project, but maybe more important, it makes it possible for other researchers to pick apart the analysis, test for errors, and try their own variations on the analysis.

These phonological factors do show an influence on rates of omitting the second “de”, which means that either the phonological content of words is accessed before final syntactic decisions are made, or that deleting the second “de” is a phonological operation. We’ll consider some consequences of each of these approaches.

This project also has a methodological goal: it uses some new and fairly user-friendly software tools that allow the whole process from downloading corpus files to producing final plots and statistics to be automated through a single computer script. This makes it easier to correct errors when they’re caught and to manage a project, but maybe more important, it makes it possible for other researchers to pick apart the analysis, test for errors, and try their own variations on the analysis.

Spanish Accounts of Christian Martyrdom in Japan: Towards A Literary History

October 16th, 2014 in Events, Events Fall 2014.

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A musical conversation in Spanish and Italian

October 15th, 2014 in Events, Events Fall 2014, Voces Hispánicas/Hispanic Voices.

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Literary Reading by Casé Lontra Marques

October 14th, 2014 in Academic Enhancement Fund, Events, Events Fall 2014, Latin American Studies Program.

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“Writing to Remember: Art in Difficult Times” (a talk by Véronique Tadjo)

October 3rd, 2014 in African Studies Center at Boston University, BU Arts Initiative, Events, Events Fall 2014.

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