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Linguistics Colloquium

Plugging the amn't gap: Explaining microvariation using the Tolerance Principle

Gary Thoms
New York University
Fri December 1st 2023, 3:00 - 4:30pm
Margaret Jacks Hall, Greenberg Room (Room 126)

Abstract: In this article we describe and explain patterns of variation in acceptance of 'amn't' in varieties of Scots, using data from the Scots Syntax Atlas. We combine insights from Yang (2016, 2017) and Bresnan (2001) and some new insights into the syntax of Scots negation from Thoms et al. (to appear) to provide a predictive account of the variation we found. 

(joint work with David Adger, Caroline Heycock, E Jamieson, and Jennifer Smith)

Note: The colloquium will be followed immediately by a social in the Linguistics Courtyard.