The Verb Initial Research Team (VIST)

Description:

The Celtic Linguistics Group is a research cluster of faculty, graduate students and undergraduates that studies the Syntax, Morphology, Phonetics and Phonology of the Modern Celtic Languages, with an emphasis on Scottish Gaelic, Welsh and Modern Irish. The Celtic Linguistics group has been the focus point for 5 major NSF research grants (see list below) and 2 smaller NSF conference and supplement grants. The group, lead by Profs Andrew Carnie and Michael Hammond, has explored a wide range of topics from experimental and instrumental measures of initial consonant mutation, to the syntax of pronoun post-posing, to corpus analysis of variation, to effective experimental methodologies in the field and to basic documentation and grammar writing. There have been a number of related and spin-off projects involving automatic speech recognition in Gaelic, language contact between Welsh and Spanish in Patagonia, and the structure of Welsh poetry. 

 

Some of the Group's Work Has Been Funded by the following Grants:

August 2015 - August 2018 National Science Foundation (BCS1453724) SBE-RCUK: Experimental and Descriptive Investigations of Welsh (cym) Consonant Mutation". PI: Hammond; Co-PIs: Archangeli, Brooks, Carnie, Ohala, Ussishkin, Wedel. Jointly funded by RCUK, collaborative with Peredur Webb-Davies at Bangor University (Wales). $362,428.

April 2015 -  April 2017 National Science Foundation (BCS1500220) Collaborative Research: An Audio-visual corpus of Scottish Gaidhlig (GLA). PI Carnie, Co PIs: Hammond, Fisher. Collaborative proposal with Ian Clayton at the University of Nevada Reno. $190,000

April 2012 - Sept 2015 National Science Foundation (BCS11443818) Experimental and descriptive investigations of Gàidhlig Initial Consonant Mutation. PI Carnie, Co PIs: Archangeli, Hammond, Ussishkin, Warner $ 300170 (203,898 direct, 96272 indirect)

August 2011 – December 2011. National Science Foundation (BCS1136921) Instrumental and Experimental Analysis of Scottish Gaelic Phonology and Phonetics (Welsh Supplement)  PI Carnie, Co PI: Michael Hammond $18301

July 15, 2009-July 14, 2012. National Science Foundation (BCS0921685). Instrumental and Experimental Analysis of Scottish Gaelic (Gaidhlig; gla) Sound Structures. PI Carnie, Co-PIs: Michael Hammond, Natasha Warner, Diana Archangeli, Muriel Fisher (University of Arizona). (264,000)

September 2008 – February 2010 National Science Foundation Award BCS0819117. Workshop and Mini-Course on Formal Approaches to Celtic Linguistics Tucson, Arizona, March 1-8th, 2009. $26,583,

June 2007 – May 2009. National Science Foundation Award #BCS0639059 A Description and Database of Scottish Gaelic (Gaidhlig; gla) Morphosyntax. PI: Carnie $165,000, CoPI: Muriel Fisher)

 

Current Faculty & Research Scientists

  • Andrew Carnie
  • Michael Hammond
  • Diana Archangeli
  • Adam Ussishkin
  • Diane Ohala
  • Andy Wedel
  • Muriel Fisher (Research Scientist Sr)

 

Colleagues in other units or institutions

  • Heddwen Brooks (Physiology, UA)
  • Peredur Webb-Davies         (Bangor University, Wales)

 

Faculty formerly involved in the project

  • Heidi Harley
  • Natasha Warner

 

Post-doctoral fellows

  • Ian Clayton (now at the University of Nevada)
  • David Medeiros

 

Current Graduate Students

  • Colleen Patton
  • Elise Bell
  • Yan Chen
  • Nick Kloehn
  • Josh Meyer
  • Sam Johnston 

 

Current Undergraduates

  • Andrea Fulgham

 

Alumni:

The following graduate students and alumni have worked at one time or another on the Celtic Group Projects

  • Sylvia (Reed) Schreiner (University of Illinois Urbana Champaign)
  • Peter Brown
  • Dan Brenner (Alberta?)
  • Jae-hoon Choi
  • Hyun-Kyoung Jung
  • Jay Hyun Sung
  • Jessamyn Schertz (University of Toronto)
  • Colin Gorrie
  • Lionel Mathieu (Virginia Commonwealth University)

 

Publications and Conference talks

Archangeli, Diana, Jeff Berry, Andrew Carnie, Nicole Hunt, Sunjing Ji, and Keisha Josephs  (2011) “ATR in Scottish Gaelic Tense Sonorants: A preliminary report” In Formal Approaches to Celtic Linguistics. Cambridge Scholar’s Press. pp. 283-306

Archangeli, Diana, Jeff Berry, Andrew Carnie, Nicole Hunt, Sunjing Ji, and Keisha Josephs  (2009) “ATR in Scottish Gaelic Tense Sonorants: A preliminary report”, Formal Approaches to Celtic Linguistics. University of Arizona, March 25, 2009.

Archangeli, Diana, Sam Johnston, Jae-Hyun Sung, Muriel Fisher, Michael Hammond, and Andrew Carnie (2014) Articulation and neutralization: a preliminary study of lenition in Scottish Gaelic. Proceedings of Interspeech 2014, 1683-1687.

Archangeli, Diana, Samuel Johnston, Jae-Hyun Sung, Muriel Fisher, Michael Hammond and Andrew Carnie. (2014) Articulation and Neutralization: A Preliminary Study of Lenition in Scottish Gaelic. Interspeech, September 17, 2014, Singapore.

Archangeli, Diana.  Samuel Johnston, Jae-Hyun Sung, Muriel Fisher, Michael Hammond, Andrew Carnie (2014) Svarabhakti vowel articulation in Scots Gaelic, LabPhon 14, July, 27th, 2014, Tokyo Japan

Brenner, Dan, Andréa Davis, Natasha Warner, Andrew Carnie, Muriel Fisher, Jessamyn Schertz, Michael Hammond and Diana Archangeli (2011). Can you say [ṽ] or [x̃]. Aerodynamics of Nasalized Fricatives in Scottish Gaelic. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 130(4): 2550.

Brenner, Dan, Andréa Davis, Natasha Warner, Andrew Carnie, Muriel Fisher, Jessamyn Schertz, Michael Hammond and Diana Archangeli (2011). Can you say [ṽ] or [x̃]. Aerodynamics of Nasalized Fricatives in Scottish Gaelic. Acoustical Society of America, San Diego, October, 2011

Brenner, Dan, Natasha Warner, Andrew Carnie, Muriel Fisher, Diana Archangeli, Mike Hammond, Micaya Clymer, Andrea Davis, Colin Gorrie, Julia Fisher, Lionel Matthieu, Jessamyn Schertz and Jae-Hyun Sung (2011) Fitting the Phonetically Impossible into Phonology: Nasalized Fricatives in Scots Gaelic. University of Arizona, Department of Linguistics Spring Datablitz, February 11, 2011 

Carnie, Andrew “Experimental Investigations on Scottish Gaelic Phonetics and Phonology”, Carleton University Linguistics Colloquium, February 3, 2012.

Carnie, Andrew “Morphophonological Constraints on Word Order”. Linguistics Department Colloquium, University of California San Diego. November 24, 2008,

Carnie, Andrew “On the Lack of Double Object Constructions in Scottish Gaelic”, New Perspectives on Celtic Linguistics Workshop. University of California, Berkeley. September 8, 2012. (Authors in publication order: Hyun-Kyoung Jung, Andrew Carnie, Heidi Harley)

Carnie, Andrew “Possession, Psych Predicates and Covert Double Objects” University of Calgary Linguistics Colloquium. April 12, 2013. (Authors in publication order: Andrew Carnie, Hyun-Kyoung Jung, Heidi Harley)

Carnie, Andrew “Scottish Gaelic Experimental Phonology: A Preliminary Report.” Plenary Speaker, Celtic Linguistics Conference 6, Sept 12, 2010. University College Dublin. (Co authored with Archangeli, Fisher, Hammond, Warner, Brenner, Clymer,  Davis, Gorrie, Mathieu, Schertz, Sung, Ward )

Carnie, Andrew “Scottish Gaelic Pronoun Postposing and Set Theoretic Phrase Structure”, Plenary Speaker, Irish Network of Formal Linguistics 3, Belfast Ireland, May 27, 2011

Carnie, Andrew “The Syntax and Semantics of Scottish Gaelic a’ dol”, Plenary Speaker, Celtic Linguistics Conference 7, June 22, 2012. University of Rennes II. France. (coauthored with Sylvia Reed)

Carnie, Andrew (2008) Irish Nouns: A Reference Guide. Oxford University Press.

Carnie, Andrew (2011) Irish Mixed Categories. Lingua 121: 1207-1244.

Carnie, Andrew (2011). Formal Approaches to Celtic Linguistics. Cambridge Scholars Press.

Carnie, Andrew (2013) Phonologically motivated pronoun post-posing in Scottish Gaelic. In Catrin Rhys, Pavel Iosad and Alison Henry (eds.) Microvariation, Minority Languages, Minimalism and Meaning: Proceedings of the Irish Network in Formal Linguistics. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. pp. 91-100

Carnie, Andrew (2015) “The Syntax and Semantics of Aspectual Contrasts in Scottish Gaelic”, The Syntax of Contrast Conference. University of Toronto, April 25, 2015. (Invited speaker, Sylvia Schreiner – co author)

Clayton, Ian (2015) Preasperated Stops in the English of Scottish-Gaelic/English Bilinguals. Proceedings of the International Congress of the Phonetic Sciences. 

Davis, Andrea, Michael Hammond, Andrew Carnie, Muriel Fisher, Diana Archangeli, Natasha Warner, Dan Brenner, Micaya Clymer, Julia Fisher, Colin Gorrie, Lionel Matthieu, Jessamyn Schertz and Jae-Hyun Sung (2011) Syllable Count of Epenthetic Words in Scots Gaelic. University of Arizona, Department of Linguistics Spring Datablitz, February 11, 2011

Davis, Andréa, Michael Hammond, Diana Archangeli, Andrew Carnie, Muriel Fisher, Natasha Warner, Colin Gorrie, Lionel Mathieu, Jessamyn Schertz. (2011) Perceptual and Judgment-based Experiments on Scottish Gaelic Svarabhakti. 14th International Congress of Celtic Studies, Maynooth Ireland, August 2011.

Hammond, Michael (2011) Cynghanedd a seinyddiaeth (Welsh poetry and phonology), invited talk, Bangor University (Wales).

Hammond, Michael (2011) Welsh poetry and phonology, invited talk, University of Edinburgh.

Hammond, Michael (2012) Phonological parallelism: the distribution of [h] in English and Welsh, invited speaker, UTASCILT, Arlington, TX.

Hammond, Michael (2012) The phonology of Welsh cynghanedd, Lingua 122, 386-408.

Hammond, Michael (2013) Cynghanedd yn yr anialwch, Barddas 318, 12-13.

Hammond, Michael (2013) Phonological complexity and input optimization, invited speaker, Phonology Forum, Sapporo, Japan.

Hammond, Michael (2014) Calculating syllable count automatically from fixed meter poetry in Welsh and English, Journal of Literary and Linguistic Computing 29, 218-233.

Hammond, Michael (2014) Input optimization: phonology and morphology, presented at Manchester Phonology Meeting.

Hammond, Michael (2014) Phonological complexity and input optimization, Phonological Studies 17, 85-94.

Hammond, Michael (2014) Variability in Welsh grammatical gender, presented at Language Diversity in Wales, Aberystwyth.

Hammond, Michael, Andréa Davis, Natasha Warner, Andrew Carnie, Diana Archangeli, Muriel Fisher (2014) Vowel Insertion in Scottish Gaelic. Phonology 31: 123-153.

Jae-Hyun Sung, Diana Archangeli, Daniel Brenner, Ian Clayton, Samuel Johnston, Michael Hammond, and Andrew Carnie (2013).  Ultrafest 6. The Articulation of Scottish Gaelic Plain and Palatalized Consonants. Edinburgh.

Natasha L. Warner, Ian Clayton, Andrew Carnie, Muriel Fisher, Dan Brenner, Michael Hammond, Diana Archangeli, and Adam Ussishkin  (2013) Perception of Scottish Gaelic alternating (leniting) consonants. Acoustical Society of America, San Francisco, December, 2013.

Natasha Warner, Ian Clayton, Daniel Brenner, Andrew Carnie, Michael Hammond, Muriel Fisher. (2014).  The effect of Gaelic initial consonant mutation on spoken word recognition. Celtic Linguistics Conference 8, Edinburgh [Poster]

Natasha Warner, Ian Clayton, Daniel Brenner, Andrew Carnie, Michael Hammond, Muriel Fisher. (2014).  Linguistic Society of America. The effect of Gaelic initial consonant mutation on spoken word recognition. Minneapolis

Schertz, Jessamyn, Diana Archangeli, Andrew Carnie, Jae Hyun Sung, Lionel Mathieu, Michael Hammond, Natasha Warner, Brenna Ward, Chelsea Milburn, Peter A. Brown, Dan Brenner, Colin Gorrie and Andrea Davis (2011): The articulation of epenthetic vowels in Scottish Gaelic. 14th International Congress of Celtic Studies, Maynooth Ireland, August 2011.

Schreiner, Sylvia (Reed) The Semantics of Grammatical Aspect: evidence from Scottish Gaelic. Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Arizona

Schreiner, Sylvia and Andrew Carnie (forthcoming) The Syntax and Semantics of Scottish Gaelic a' dol a. Journal of Celtic Linguistics 17. 

Sung, J-H., Archangeli, D., Clayton, I., Brenner, D., Johnston, S., Hammond, M., & Carnie, A. (2014). The articulation of lexical palatalization in Scottish Gaelic. 167th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America. Providence, RI, U.S.A., May 8, 2014. [poster presentation]

Sung, Jae-Hyun (2015) Cross-linguistic Articulatory Analysis of Palatalization in Korean, English, and Scottish Gaelic. Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Arizona

Warner, Natasha, Andrew Carnie, Dan Brenner, Micaya Clymer, Lionel Mathieu, Jae-Hyun Sung, Jessamyn Schertz, Michael Hammond, Diana Archangeli, Muriel Fisher, Colin Gorrie (2011):  Nasalization and Frication in Scottish Gaelic. 14th International Congress of Celtic Studies, Maynooth Ireland, August 2011.

Warner, Natasha, Andrew Carnie, Muriel Fisher, Jessamyn Schertz, Lionel Mathieu, Colin Gorrie, Michael Hammond, Diana Archangeli (2011) The Timing of perceptual Cues in Scots Gaelic. Acoustical Society of America, San Diego, October, 2011

Warner, Natasha, Brenner, Dan, Schertz, Jessamyn, Carnie, Andrew, Fisher, Muriel, and Hammond, Michael. (2015). The aerodynamic puzzle of nasalized fricatives:  Aerodynamic and perceptual evidence from Scottish Gaelic.  Laboratory Phonology 2015: 1-44

Warner, Natasha, Brenner, Dan, Schertz, Jessamyn, Carnie, Andrew, Fisher, Muriel, and Hammond, Michael.  “The aerodynamic puzzle of Scottish Gaelic nasalized fricatives.”  Dag van de Fonetiek meeting, Utrecht, the Netherlands, December 2014.

Warner, Natasha, Dan Brenner and Andrew Carnie. “Nasalized Fricatives vs. Approximants in Scottish Gaelic”. Celtic Linguistics Conference 7, June 23, 2012, University of Rennes II, France

Warner, Natasha, Jessamyn Schertz, Andrew Carnie, Muriel Fisher, Lionel Mathieu, Colin Gorrie, Michael Hammond and Diana Archangeli (2011) Timing of Perceptual Cues in Scots Gaelic. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 130(4): 2573.

Warner, Natasha, Jessamyn Schertz, Andrew Carnie, Muriel Fisher, Diana Archangeli, Michael Hammond, Lionel Mathieu and Colin Gorrie. Timing of perceptual cues in Scots Gaelic sound distinctions, Celtic Linguistics Conference 7, June 23, 2012. University of Rennes II, France [Poster]