B. Elan Dresher

Publications and Talks

List of publications Selected recent talks Manuscripts in progress List of GLOT International columns Miscellanea


List of Publications

Dresher, B. Elan. 2017. Contrastive feature hierarchies in Old English diachronic phonology. Transactions of the Philological Society, doi:10.1111/1467-968X.12105.
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Dresher, B. Elan and Andrew Nevins. 2017. Conditions on iterative rounding harmony in Oroqen. Transactions of the Philological Society, doi:10.1111/1467-968X.12104.

Dresher, B. Elan. 2016. Covert representations, contrast, and the acquisition of lexical accent. In Jeffrey Heinz, Rob Goedemans and Harry van der Hulst, eds., Dimensions of phonological stress, 231–262. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
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Hall, Daniel Currie and B. Elan Dresher. 2016. Trade-offs in the contrastive hierarchy: Voicing versus continuancy in Slavic. In Christopher Hammerly and Brandon Prickett, eds., NELS 46: Proceedings of the Forty-Sixth Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society, Concordia University, Montréal, Volume Two, 43–56. Amherst, MA: GLSA.
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Dresher, B. Elan. 2016. Contrast in phonology 1867-1967: History and development. Annual Review of Linguistics 2: 53–73.
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Dresher, B. Elan. 2015. Rule-based generative historical phonology. In Patrick Honeybone and Joseph Salmons, eds. The handbook of historical phonology, 501–521. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Available at Oxford Handbooks Online
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Dresher, B. Elan. 2015. The Motivation for contrastive feature hierarchies in phonology. Linguistic Variation 15: 1–40.
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Dresher, B. Elan. 2014. The arch not the stones: Universal feature theory without universal features. Nordlyd 41.2: 165–181, special issue on Features ed. by Martin Krämer, Sandra Ronai and Peter Svenonius. University of Tromsø — The Arctic University of Norway. http://septentrio.uit.no/index.php/nordlyd.
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Dresher, B. Elan, Christopher Harvey and Will Oxford. 2014. Contrast shift as a type of diachronic change. In Hsin-Lun Huang, Ethan Poole and Amanda Rysling, eds., NELS 43: Proceedings of the Forty-Third Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society, The City University of New York, Volume One, 103–116. Amherst, MA: GLSA.
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Dresher, B. Elan. 2013. Contrastive vowel features in West Germanic. In Shan Luo, ed., Proceedings of the 2013 Annual Conference of the Canadian Linguistic Association, 10 pages. http://homes.chass.utoronto.ca/~cla-acl/actes2013/Dresher-2013.pdf

Dresher, B. Elan. 2013. The influence of loanwords on Norwegian and English stress. Nordlyd 40.1: 55–43, special issue 'A Festschrift on the Occasion of X Years of CASTL Phonology and Curt Rice's Lth Birthday' ed. by Sylvia Blaho, Martin Krämer and Bruce Morén-Duolljá. University of Tromsø. http://www.ub.uit.no/baser/nordlyd/
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Dresher, B. Elan. 2013. Biblical Accents: Prosody. Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics. Edited by Geoffrey Khan. Brill Online, 2013. Reference. http://referenceworks.brillonline.com/entries/encyclopedia-of-hebrew-language-and-linguistics/biblical-accents-prosody-COM_00000248.
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Holmstedt, Robert D. and B. Elan Dresher. 2013. Clitics: Pre-Modern Hebrew. Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics. Edited by Geoffrey Khan. Brill Online, 2013. Reference. http://referenceworks.brillonline.com/entries/encyclopedia-of-hebrew-language-and-linguistics/clitics-pre-modern-hebrew-COM_00000023?s.num=1.
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Dresher, B. Elan. 2013. Review of G. Nick Clements and Rachid Ridouane (eds.), Where do phonological features come from? Cognitive, physical and developmental bases of distinctive speech categories. Language 89, 643-646.

Dresher, B. Elan. 2013. Contrastive Features and Microvariation in Vowel Harmony. In Stefan Keine and Shayne Sloggett, eds., NELS 42: Proceedings of the Forty-Second Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society, University of Toronto, Volume One, 141-153. GLSA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
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Dresher, B. Elan. 2012. Methodological Issues in the Dating of Linguistic Forms: Considerations from the Perspective of Contemporary Linguistic Theory. In Cynthia Miller-Naude and Ziony Zevit, eds., Diachrony in Biblical Hebrew, 19-38. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns.
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Dresher, B. Elan. 2012. Is Harmony Limited to Contrastive Features? In A. McKillen and J. Loughran, eds., Proceedings from Phonology in the 21st Century: In Honour of Glyne Piggott. McGill Working Papers in Linguistics 22.1, 16 pages. https://secureweb.mcgill.ca/mcgwpl/sites/ mcgill.ca.mcgwpl/files/ dresher2012.pdf".

Compton, Richard and B. Elan Dresher. 2011. Palatalization and "Strong i" across Inuit Dialects. Canadian Journal of Linguistics/Revue canadienne de linguistique 56, 203-228.
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Dresher, B. Elan. 2011. The Phoneme. In Marc van Oostendorp, Colin J. Ewen, Elizabeth Hume and Keren Rice eds., The Blackwell Companion to Phonology, Volume 1, 241-266. Malden, MA & Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
Available free as a sample entry.

Dresher, B. Elan. 2010. Feature Hierarchies and Contrast in Phonology. In Greville G. Corbett and Anna Kibort, eds., Features: Perspectives on a Key Notion in Linguistics, 37-63. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Dresher, B. Elan. 2009. The Contrastive Hierarchy in Phonology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Dresher, B. Elan. 2009. Stress Assignment in Tiberian Hebrew. In Charles Cairns and Eric Raimy, eds., Contemporary Views On Architecture and Representations in Phonological Theory, 213-224. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
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Dresher, B. Elan. 2008. Between Music and Speech: The Relationship between Gregorian and Hebrew Chant. In Sarah Cummins, Bridget Jankowski and Patricia Shaw, eds., All the Things You Are: A Festschrift in Honour of Jack Chambers. Toronto Working Papers in Linguistics 27, Special Issue, 43-58.
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Compton, Richard and B. Elan Dresher. 2008. Palatalization and 'Strong' /i/ across Inuit Dialects. In Susie Jones, ed., Proceedings of the 2008 Annual Conference of the Canadian Linguistic Association, 12 pages. http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/~cla-acl/actes2008/CLA2008_Compton_Dresher.pdf.
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Dresher, B. Elan. 2008. The Word in Tiberian Hebrew. In Kristin Hanson and Sharon Inkelas (eds.), The Nature of the Word: Essays in Honor of Paul Kiparsky, 95-111. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
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Dresher, B. Elan. 2008. The Logic of Contrast. In Robert Freidin, Carlos P. Otero and Maria Luisa Zubizarreta, eds., Foundational Issues in Linguistic Theory: Essays in Honor of Jean-Roger Vergnaud, 359-380. Cambridge MA: MIT Press.
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Avery, Peter, B. Elan Dresher and Keren Rice, eds. 2008. Contrast in Phonology: Theory, Perception, Acquisition. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Avery, Peter, B. Elan Dresher and Keren Rice. 2008. Introduction. In Avery, Dresher and Rice, 1-8.
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Dresher, B. Elan. 2008. The Contrastive Hierarchy in Phonology. In Avery, Dresher and Rice, 11-33.
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Dresher, B. Elan. 2007. Variability in Trubetzkoy's Classification of Phonological Oppositions. The LACUS Forum 33, 133-142.
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Fikkert, Paula, B. Elan Dresher and Aditi Lahiri. 2006. Prosodic Preferences: From Old English to Early Modern English. In Ans van Kemenade and Bettelou Los, eds., The Handbook of the History of English, 125-150. Oxford: Blackwell.

Dresher, B. Elan and Nila Friedberg, eds. 2006. Formal Approaches To Poetry: Recent Developments In Generative Metrics (Phonology and Phonetics 11). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Dresher, B. Elan and Nila Friedberg. 2006. Introduction. In Dresher and Friedberg, 1-4.

Dresher, B. Elan. 2006. Review of John T, Jensen, Principles of Generative Phonology: An Introduction. The University of Toronto Quarterly 75.1, Winter 2006, 183-184.
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Dresher, B. Elan and Xi Zhang. 2005. Contrast and Phonological Activity in Manchu Vowel Systems. Canadian Journal of Linguistics/Revue canadienne de linguistique 50, 45-82.
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Dresher, B. Elan 2005. Chomsky and Halle's Revolution in Phonology. In James McGilvray, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Chomsky, 102-122. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
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Dresher, B. Elan and Aditi Lahiri. 2005. Main Stress Left in Early Middle English. In Michael Fortescue, Eva Skafte Jensen, Jens Erik Mogensen and Lene Schøsler, eds., Historical Linguistics 2003. Selected Papers from the 16th International Conference on Historical Linguistics, Copenhagen, 10-15 August 2003, John Benjamins, Amsterdam.
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Dresher, B. Elan. 2004. On the Acquisition of Phonological Contrasts. In Jacqueline van Kampen and Sergio Baauw, eds., Proceedings of GALA 2003, Volume 1 (LOT Occasional Series 3),, 27-46. Utrecht: LOT.
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Sara Mackenzie and B. Elan Dresher. 2004. Contrast and Phonological Activity in the Nez Perce Vowel System. In Pawel M. Nowak, Corey Yoquelet and David Mortensen, eds., Proceedings of the Twenty-ninth Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society, February 14-17, 2003, 283-294. Berkeley, CA: Berkeley Linguistics Society.
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Dresher, B. Elan and Xi Zhang. 2004. Phonological Contrast and Phonetics in Manchu Vowel Systems. In Pawel M. Nowak, Corey Yoquelet and David Mortensen, eds., Proceedings of the Twenty-ninth Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society, February 14-17, 2003, 103-114. Berkeley, CA: Berkeley Linguistics Society.
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Dresher, B. Elan and Xi Zhang. 2004. Contrast in Manchu Vowel Systems. In Carsten Naher, ed., Proceedings of the First International Conference on Manchu-Tungus Studies (Bonn, August 28-September 1, 2000). Volume 2: Trends in Tungusic and Siberian Linguistics, 23-43. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.
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Zhang, Xi and B. Elan Dresher. 2004. Tongue Root Harmony in Written Manchu. In Carsten Naher, ed., Proceedings of the First International Conference on Manchu-Tungus Studies (Bonn, August 28-September 1, 2000). Volume 2: Trends in Tungusic and Siberian Linguistics, 161-190. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.

Dresher, B. Elan. 2004. On the Acquisition of Phonological Representations. In William Sakas, ed., Proceedings of the First Workshop on Psycho-computational Models of Human Language Acquisition, 41-48. www.colag.cs.hunter.cuny.edu/psychocomp/PsychoCompProceedings.pdf.
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"The Contrastive Hierarchy in Phonology," in Daniel Currie Hall, ed., Toronto Working Papers in Linguistics (Special Issue on Contrast in Phonology), 20, 2003.

"Meno's Paradox and the Acquisition of Grammar," in Stefan Ploch, ed., Living on the Edge: 28 Papers in Honour of Jonathan Kaye (Studies in Generative Grammar 62), Mouton De Gruyter, Berlin, 7-27, 2003.
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"Determining Contrastiveness: A Missing Chapter in the History of Phonology," in Sophie Burelle and Stanca Somesfalean, eds., Proceedings of the CLA 2002, 8293, 2003.
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"Contrast and asymmetries in inventories," in Anna-Maria di Sciullo, ed., Asymmetry in Grammar, Volume 2: Morphology, Phonology, Acquisition, John Benjamins, Amsterdam, 239-257, 2003.
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"Review of John Archibald, Second Language Phonology," in "Letters in Canada 1999," The University of Toronto Quarterly 70:1, 305-306, 2000/2001.

"Analogical Levelling of Vowel Length in West Germanic," in Aditi Lahiri, ed., Analogy, Levelling, Markedness: Principles of Change in Phonology and Morphology (Trends in Linguistics; Studies and Monographs 127), Mouton de Gruyter, Berlin, 47-70, 2000.

"Charting the Learning Path: Cues to Parameter Setting," Linguistic Inquiry 30, 27-67, 1999.  View abstract

"Child Phonology, Learnability, and Phonological Theory," in Tej Bhatia and William C. Ritchie, eds., Handbook of Language Acquisition, Academic Press, N.Y., 299-346, 1999.

(with William J. Idsardi) "Prerequisites for a Theory of Diachronic Adaptation," Open peer commentary on Martin Haspelmath, "Optimality and Diachronic Adaptation," Zeitschrift für Sprachwissenschaft 18, 212-215, 1999.

(with Aditi Lahiri) "Open Syllable Lengthening in West Germanic," Language 75, 678-719, 1999.

Learnability and Phonological Theory," in J. Durand and B. Laks, eds., Current Trends in Phonology: Models and Methods, University of Salford Publications, CNRS, Paris- X and University of Salford, Vol. 1, 245-266, 1996.

"Introduction to Metrical and Prosodic Phonology," in James L. Morgan & Katherine Demuth, eds., Signal to Syntax: Bootstrapping From Speech to Grammar in Early Acquisition, Lawrence Erlbaum, Hillsdale, NJ, 41-54, 1996.

(with Alana Johns) "Rigolet and Phonological Change in Labrador," Etudes/Inuit/Studies 20, 113-121, 1996.

(with Xi Zhang) "Labial Harmony in Written Manchu," Saksaha: A Review of Manchu Studies 1, 13-24, 1996.

(with Harry van der Hulst) "Global Determinacy and Learnability in Phonology," in John Archibald, ed., Phonological Acquisition and Phonological Theory, Lawrence Erlbaum, Hillsdale, NJ, 1-21, 1995.

(with Alana Johns) "The Law of Double Consonants in Inuktitut," Linguistica Atlantica 17, 79 95, 1995.

(with Harry van der Hulst) "Head-Dependent Asymmetries in Phonology," in H. van der Hulst and J. van de Weijer, eds., Leiden in Last: HIL Phonology Papers I, Holland Academic Graphics, The Hague, 401-431, 1995.

"Charting the Learning Path: Cues to Parameter Setting," in P. Koskinen, ed., Toronto Working Papers in Linguistics 14,1, 1-19, 1995.

(with Xi Zhang) "Labial Harmony in Written Manchu," in Proceedings of the 1995 Annual Conference of the Canadian Linguistic Association, 661-677, 1995.

"The Prosodic Basis of the Tiberian Hebrew System of Accents," Language 70, 1-52, 1994.

"Acquiring Stress Systems," in Eric Sven Ristad, ed., Language Computations (DIMACS Series in Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science, v. 17), AMS, Providence, RI, 71-92, 1994.

(with Glyne Piggott & Keren Rice) "Contrast in Phonology: Overview," in C. Dyck, ed., Toronto Working Papers in Linguistics 13,1, iii-xvii, 1994.

"The Chronology and Status of Anglian Smoothing," in Sharon Hargus and Ellen Kaisse, eds., Studies in Lexical Phonology (Phonetics and Phonology, Volume 4), Academic Press, New York, 325-341, 1993.

"Review: Richard M. Hogg, A Grammar of Old English. Volume 1: Phonology," Phonology10, 146-157, 1993.

(with Keren Rice) "Preface: Complexity in Phonological Representations," in C. Dyck, ed., Toronto Working Papers in Linguistics 12,2, i-vi, 1993.

(with Harry van der Hulst) "Head-Dependent Asymmetries in Phonology," in C. Dyck, ed., Toronto Working Papers in Linguistics 12,2, 1-17, 1993.

"Cues and Parameters in Phonology," in L. M. Dobrin, L. Nichols and R. M. Rodriguez, eds., CLS 27: Papers from the 27th Regional Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society, 1991, Chicago Linguistic Society, Chicago, IL, 119-140, 1993.

"A Learning Model for a Parametric Theory in Phonology," in Robert Levine, ed., Formal Grammar: Theory and Implementation, Oxford University Press, New York, 290-317, 1992.

(with Aditi Lahiri) "The Germanic Foot: Metrical Coherence in Old English," Linguistic Inquiry 22, 251-286, 1991.

"YOUPIE: A Parameter-Based Learning Model for Metrical Phonology," in Ian Lancashire, ed., Research in Humanities Computing I: Selected Papers from the ALLC/ACH Conference, Toronto, June 1989, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 149-162, 1991.

(with Jonathan D. Kaye) "A Computational Learning Model for Metrical Phonology," Cognition 34, 137-195, 1990.

"On the Unity of the Mercian Second Fronting," in Sylvia Adamson et al. (eds.) Papers from the 5th International Conference on English Historical Linguistics (Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 65), John Benjamins, Amsterdam, 141-164, 1990.

"Review Article: Morris Halle and Jean-Roger Vergnaud, An Essay on Stress," Phonology 7, 171-188, 1990.

(with Norbert Hornstein) "Language and the Deep Unconscious Mind: Aspectualities of the Theory of Syntax," commentary on J. R. Searle, "Consciousness, Explanatory Inversion, and Cognitive Science," Behavioral and Brain Sciences 13, 602-603, 1990.

"The Prosodic Hierarchy in Tiberian Hebrew," in B. Brunson, S. Burton, and T. Wilson, eds., Toronto Working Papers in Linguistics 10, 33-50, 1989.

"In Defence of UG," in P. Avery, ed., Toronto Working Papers in Linguistics 8, 60-79, 1987.

Old English and the Theory of Phonology, in the series Outstanding Dissertations in Linguistics, Garland Publishing, New York, 1985.

"Constraints on Empty Positions in Tiered Phonology," in D. Mullen and J. van Voorst, eds., Cahiers linguistique d'Ottawa No. 14, 1-51, November 1985.

"Abstractness, Underspecification, and Empty Skeletal Positions," in S. Berman, J.-W. Choe and J. McDonough, eds., Proceedings of NELS 15, GLSA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 105-117, 1985.

"Second Fronting in the Old English Dialect of the Omont Leaf," in J. T. Jensen et al, eds., Cahiers linguistique d'Ottawa No. 12, 39-48, February 1984.

(with Aditi Lahiri) "Diachronic and Synchronic Implications of Declension Shifts," The Linguistic Review 3, 141-163, 1983-84.

"Postlexical Phonology in Tiberian Hebrew," in M. Barlow, D. P. Flickinger and M. T. Wescoat, eds., Proceedings of the West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics, Vol. 2, Stanford Linguistics Association, Stanford University, Stanford, 1983.

"Accentuation and Metrical Structure in Tiberian Hebrew," in J. Pustejovsky and P. Sells, eds., Proceedings of NELS 12, GLSA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 75-85, 1982.

"On the Learnability of Abstract Phonology," in C. L. Baker and John J. McCarthy, eds., The Logical Problem of Language Acquisition, MIT Press, Cambridge, 188-210, 1981.

"Abstractness and Explanation in Phonology" in Norbert Hornstein and David Lightfoot, eds., Explanation in Linguistics, Longman, London, 76-115, 1981.

"Accentuation and Metrical Structure in Tiberian Hebrew," in H. Borer and Y. Aoun, eds., MIT Working Papers in Linguistics, Vol. 3, Department of Linguistics and Philosophy, MIT, Cambridge, 180-208, 1981.

"Metrical Structure and Secondary Stress in Tiberian Hebrew," in C. Chapin, ed., Brown University Working Papers in Linguistics, Vol. IV, Brown University, 1980-1981.

"The Mercian Second Fronting: A Case of Rule Loss in Old English," Linguistic Inquiry 11, 47 73, 1980.

(with Norbert Hornstein) "Trace Theory and NP Movement Rules," Linguistic Inquiry 10, 65 82, 1979.

"Review of R. Lass and J. M. Anderson, Old English Phonology," Language 54, 432-445, 1978.

"`Abstractness' in Phonology: Evidence from Change," in M. J. Stein, ed., Proceedings of the Eighth Annual Meeting of the North Eastern Linguistic Society, GLSA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1978.

(with Norbert Hornstein) "Reply to Winograd," Cognition 5, 379-392, 1977.

(with Norbert Hornstein) "Reply to Schank and Wilensky," Cognition 5, 147-149, 1977.

"Logical Representations and Linguistic Theory," Linguistic Inquiry 8, 351-378, 1977.

(with Norbert Hornstein) "On Some Supposed Contributions of Artificial Intelligence to the Scientific Study of Language," Cognition 4, 321-398, 1976.

"Two Cases of Diachronic Rule Reanalysis in the Mercian Dialect of Old English," in J. Stillings, ed., UMass Occasional Papers in Linguistics, Vol. II, GLSA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1976.
 

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Selected Recent Talks

Dresher, B. Elan. 2017. "Contrastive hierarchies and the nature of phonological features," The Phonological Society of Japan (PhSJ) Phonology Forum 2017, Tokyo Metropolitan University (Minami-Osawa Campus), Tokyo, August 2017 [invited keyonte lecture].
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Dresher, B. Elan. 2017. "Contrastive feature hierarchies in phonology: Variation and universality," Georgetown University Round Table (GURT2017): Variable Properties: Their Nature And Acquisition, March 2017.
Download pdf of the talk slides (4.4 MB)

Dresher, B. Elan and Daniel Currie Hall. 2016. "Halle's Sound pattern of Russian: The road not taken," 11th Annual Meeting of the Slavic Linguistics Society, University of Toronto, September 2016.
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Dresher, B. Elan. 2016. "Contrastive feature hierarchies and Germanic phonology: Jørgen Rischel's analysis of the Scandinavian Runic Reform," the 43rd annual LACUS Forum, Saint Mary's University, Halifax, August 2016.
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Dresher, B. Elan. 2016. "Contrastive features and the phonologization of i-Umlaut in West Germanic," Berkeley Germanic Linguistics Roundtable, University of California, Berkeley, April 2016.
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Dresher, B. Elan and Aditi Lahiri. 2015. "Romance loanwords and stress shift in English: A quantitative approach," the Second Edinburgh Symposium on Historical Phonology, University of Edinburgh, December 2015.
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Hall, Daniel Currie and B. Elan Dresher. "Trade-offs in the contrastive hierarchy: Voicing versus continuancy in Slavic," NELS 46, Concordia University, Montreal, October 2015.
Download pdf of the slides (6.4 MB)
Now in the Proceedings (2016).

"Contrastive Hierarchy Theory: An Overview," the combined slides presented at talks in the Linguistics Colloquium Series, University of Connecticut, February 2015, and the Department of Linguistics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, September 2015.
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Part 1 (1.8 MB)
Part 2 (3.4 MB)

"Contrastive Feature Hierarchies in Diachronic Phonology," Annual General Meeting of the Philological Society, Jesus College, University of Cambridge, June 2015.
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B. Elan Dresher and Keren Rice. "Phonological typology with contrastive hierarchies," MOLT Phonology Atelier, University of Toronto, March 2015.
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B. Elan Dresher and Andrew Nevins."Undergoers are Harmony Sources: Maintaining Iterative Harmony in Oroqen Dialects," 12th Old World Conference in Phonology (OCP 12), Barcelona, January 2015.
Download pdf of the slides (9.7 MB)

"Contrastive Hierarchies in Element Theory," Conference on Theoretical Issues in Contemporary Phonology: Reading Tobias Scheer, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris, February 2014. Access the paper

B. Elan Dresher and Aditi Lahiri. "The Ormulum and the Chronology of the Middle English Quantity Changes," Symposium on Historical Phonology, University of Edinburgh, January 2014.

"The Arch not the Stones: Universal Feature Theory without Universal Features," Conference on Features in Phonology, Morphology, Syntax and Semantics: What are they? CASTL, University of Tromsø, October-November 2013.
Download pdf of the slides (15.8 MB). See the published version in Nordlyd 2014.

"Phonologization of Predictable Allophones in West Germanic," the Annual Meeting of the Linguistics Association of Great Britain (LAGB). Themed session: The Representational Consequences of Marginal Contrasts, SOAS, August 2013.
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"Contrastive Feature Hierarchies as a New Lens on Typology," Workshop on Phonological Typology, Somerville College, University of Oxford, August 2013.
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"Contrastive Vowel Features in West Germanic and Old English," The 21st International Conference on Historical Linguistics, University of Oslo, August 2013.
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B. Elan Dresher, Christopher Harvey, and Will Oxford. "Feature Hierarchies and Phonological Change," poster, annual meeting of the Canadian Linguistic Association, Victoria, June 2013.
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"Contrastive Vowel Features in West Germanic," annual meeting of the Canadian Linguistic Association, Victoria, June 2013. See the Proceedings

"Phonological Change in Middle and Early Modern English: Syllable Quantity and Stress," Friends of Linguistics at the University of Toronto (flʌut) lecture, Department of Linguistics, University of Toronto, March 2013.
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"Morris Halle, Nick Clements, and the Role of Feature Hierarchies in Phonology," CUNY Phonology Forum Conference on the Feature, CUNY Graduate Center, January 2013 [invited talk].
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"Covert Representations and the Acquisition of Lexical Accent," UD Conference on Stress and Accent, University of Delaware, November-December, 2012.
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B. Elan Dresher, Christopher Harvey, and Will Oxford, "Contrast Shift as a Type of Diachronic Change," NELS 43, CUNY Graduate Center, October 2012.
Download pdf of the handout (677 KB). See the Proceedings

"Issues in the Theory of Contrast," MOT Phonology Atelier, University of Toronto, March 2012 [invited talk].
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"On the Role and Evaluation of Contrast in Phonology," School of Linguistics and Language Studies Speaker Series, Carleton University, March 30, 2012.
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"Contrast and Locality in Vowel Harmony," Debate with Andrew Nevins, Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL), February 20, 2012.
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"Synchronic Principles in Diachronic Change," Faculty of Linguistics, Philology & Phonetics, Oxford University, May 23, 2011.
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"On the Role and Evaluation of Contrast in Phonology," the Nineteenth Manchester Phonology Meeting (mfm19), Hulme Hall, Manchester, May 19-21, 2011 [Special Session on Contrast in Phonology, invited talk].
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"Is harmony limited to contrastive features?" Phonology in the 21st Century: In Honour of Glyne Piggott, McGill University, May 2011 [invited talk].
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"Feature Hierarchies: Halle (1959) to Clements (2009)," 8e Rencontres Internationales du Réseau Français de Phonologie. En Hommage à Nick Clements, University of Orléans, July 2010 [invited plenary talk].
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"Dating the Hebrew Bible: Can Linguistics Help?" Friends of Linguistics At the University of Toronto (FLAUT) and Spring Reunion 2010, University of Toronto, May 2010. Revised version of "Methodological Issues in the Dating of Linguistic Forms: Considerations from the Perspective of Contemporary Linguistic Theory," National Association of Professors of Hebrew session on Diachrony in Biblical Hebrew, part of the 2009 annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, New Orleans, November 2009 [invited talk].
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"The Abstractness of Minimal Contrast," University of Maryland Linguistics Colloquium, April 2010.
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"Underlying Contrasts and the East Slavic Post-velar Fronting," poster, annual meeting of the Canadian Linguistic Association, Ottawa, May 2009.
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Manuscripts in Progress, Submitted, and Under Review

Dresher, B. Elan, Christopher Harvey, and Will Oxford. Contrastive feature hierarchies as a new lens on typology. Submitted to Larry Hyman and Frans Plank, eds., Phonological typology. Berlin: de Gruyter Mouton.

Dresher, B. Elan. Contrastive feature hierarchies and Germanic phonology: Jørgen Rischel's analysis of the Scandinavian runic reform. Submitted to LACUS Forum.

Phonologization of predictable allophones in West Germanic. To be submitted to Glossa.
Download pdf of August 2014 ms. (361 KB)

Dresher, B. Elan and Daniel Currie Hall. Developments leading toward generative phonology. To be submitted to The Handbook of the History of Phonology, ed. by B. Elan Dresher and Harry van der Hulst. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Dresher, B. Elan and Harry van der Hulst (eds.). The Handbook of the History of Phonology. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Anticipated delivery date: April 2018.

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Columns in GLOT International"Recent Issues in Linguistics"

The complete set of columns plus one bonus column has been reprinted as Waters, Cathleen (ed.). 2010. B. Elan Dresher's Collected Columns from Glot International. Toronto Working Papers in Linguistics 32.

  1. "There's No Reality Like Psychological Reality," Glot International 1, 1, January 23, 1995, p. 7.

  2. "On the Trail of the Tiger," Glot International 1, 3, March 27, 1995, p. 7.

  3. "The Columnist and the Keyser," Glot International 1, 5, July 28, 1995, p. 8.

  4. "Functional Categories in DNA," Glot International 1, 7, September 1995, p. 8.

  5. "The Ladder and the Arch," Glot International 1, 9/10, November/December 1995, p. 9.

  6. "The Rise of Optimality Theory in First Century Palestine,"Glot International 2, 1/2, January/February 1996, p. 8.

  7. "The Untouchables," Glot International 2, 4, April 1996, p. 11.

  8. "The Olde Yankee Grammarian," Glot International 2, 7, September 1996 [1997], p. 7-8.

  9. "The Geese Rethink Innateness," Glot International 2, 9/10, December 1996 [1997], p. 8-9.

  10. "Noch Einmal Comparative Germanic: A Tale of Two Journals," Glot International 3, 2, February 1998, p. 11-12.

  11. "Communicating Modality," Glot International 3, 4, April 1998, p. 9.

  12. "Hidden Codes in the Hebrew Bible?" Glot International 3, 8, October 1998, p. 10.

  13. "The Formalist in the Field," Glot International 3, 9/10, December 1998, p. 8.

  14. "Invasion of the Language Viruses," Glot International 4, 2, February 1999, p. 12. download pdf 99KB

  15. "Ferdinand, We Hardly Knew You," Glot International 4, 6, August 1999, p. 9.

  16. "The Pyramid of Popularization," Glot International 4, 8, October 1999, p. 8.

  17. "The Tower of Babel," Glot International 5, 2, February 2001, p. 58-60.

  18. "Only Connect," Glot International 5, 4, April 2001, p. 134-136.

  19. "The End of Linguistics?" Glot International 5, 6, June 2001, p. 208-210.

  20. "A Look Back at the Gastronomy Wars," Glot International 5, 8, October 2001, 272-274.

  21. "Invisible Laboratories," Glot International 6, 1, January 2002, 12-14.

  22. "Laboratory Phonology: Community or Cult?" bonus column, never published, replaced by "Invisible Laboratories."

  23. "Crouching Philosopher, Hidden Linguist," Glot International 6, 5, May 2002, 125-127.

  24. "Messages from the Linguistics Room," Glot International 6, 7, September 2002.

  25. "A Moment in Western Culture: World Music, Postmodernism, and Syllable Structure," Glot International 7, 1/2, January/February 2003.

  26. "A Generative Linguist in Connecticut," Glot International 7, 5, 12-14, May 2003.

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Miscellanea

Dresher, B. Elan. 2016. Mother tongues: The metrical pattern of Adon Olam. Narayever News July/August 2016, 19.
Download pdf (151 KB).

Dresher, B. Elan. 2015. Alan's attitude to limitations of time and space. In Eric Baković (compiler), Short 'schrift for Alan Prince (on the occasion of his retirement, May/June 2015).

Dresher, B. Elan. 1999. Language in the time of Babel. Forward, 16, October 15, 1999.

Dresher, B. Elan. 1978. New works in linguistics: Press catalog for Winter 1974. In J. Ernst and E. Smith (eds.), Lingua Pranca, June 1978. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Linguistics Club. Reproduced on SpecGram.

Dresher, B. Elan and Norbert Hornstein. 1978. Current issues in gastronomy. In J. Ernst and E. Smith (eds.), Lingua Pranca, June 1978. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Linguistics Club. Reproduced on SpecGram.

Dresher, B. Elan, Norbert Hornstein, and J. Lipa Roth. 1971. A Montrealer seder. Strobe 4, 2, 40-41. Montréal, QC: McGill Hillel Students Society. Reprinted in William Novak and Moshe Waldoks (eds.), The Big Book of Jewish Humor, 114-116. New York, NY: Harper & Row, 1981.

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