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Oct 30, 2019

Today, Matt and Rowan talk about every sort of flavor in the ice cream Sandhi bar (ow! Rowan! that hurts!)


Sandhi is an umbrella term for phonological processes that occur at boundaries - between words (external sandhi, like in Sanskrit vowel blending) or within a word between morphemes (internal sandhi, like in Latin...

Jul 30, 2019

This episode has Matt and Rowan talking about case marking, a way to indicate what each noun is doing in the sentence. Specifically, what Matt refers to as "non-default case marking" - parts of languages where cases behave in ways that don't fit with their canonical uses in the rest of the language.

Paper mentioned: 

May 31, 2019

In this episode, Rowan and Matt talk about pitch accent! We cover controversies in the definition of pitch accent and the wide variety of systems that have been called "pitch accent."

References from this episode:

  • Hulst, Harry van der, and Norval Smith. 2010. Autosegmental Studies on Pitch Accent.

Feb 27, 2019

In this episode, Matt and Rowan discuss "accusativity" - the organizing idea behind many languages' syntax. It's very widespread, in languages as diverse as English, Swahili, Latin, Arabic, and Korean, but in a later episode, we'll go over other organizing principles as well. Matt discusses some history, theory, and...

Jan 30, 2019

Join Rowan, Matt, and Liam as they talk about sprachbunds - areas where most or all of the languages share certain features through contact.


Resources referenced in this episode: - A world-wide survey of affix borrowing