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ANU Seminar: A computational Typology of Morphological Exponence, 14 Dec

Australian National University, Outreach

Seminar:  A computational Typology of Morphological Exponence

Speaker: Sacha Beniamine, University of Surrey

When: 14 Dec 2022, 11am (AEDT)

Where: Engma Room (3.165), HC Coombs Building, ANU


The central tasks of morphological analysis are the segmentation of wordforms into component formatives and the identification of exponence relationships between formatives and grammatical meanings. Yet, there is currently no language-independent procedure for doing either. This is a major obstacle for morphological typology, where having comparable analyses is crucial. In this talk, I present a collaborative work with M. Carroll (Australian National University), in which we propose a formal theory of inflectional exponence, a typology of form-meaning relations, and a full implementation, letting us compare fine grained typological measures across diverse languages.


My research in computational linguistics focuses on language evolution and typology. I see computational tools as an opportunity to systematize linguistic analyses, a solution to study precisely large amounts of data, and a necessary methodological step towards typological investigation. In February 2021, I joined the Surrey Morphology Group as a Newton International Fellow, to work on a typological study of exponence. The title of the project is: Solving the word puzzle: morphological analysis beyond stem and affixes. Before joining the SMG, I was a post-doctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute EVA, in the department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution (DLCE) where I worked on inflectional lexicons, evolutionary models of inflectional paradigms and sound correspondence.

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