carol rose little

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See my CV for a full list of publications and presentations. Here is a link to my dissertation.

syntax

For my dissertation, I worked on interdependencies of nominal and clausal syntax, drawing on data from my fieldwork with Ch'ol (see, for example, this short handout). This work is partially funded by a doctoral dissertation research improvement grant from NSF's Documenting Endangered Languages and Linguistics programs. Other areas of syntax that I have worked on include third person agreement in Mi'gmaq transitive verbs and a joint project with Lauren Clemens, Jessica Coon and Jamilläh Rodriguez on focus and word order in Ch'ol.

morphology

Much of my work on morphology centers around the representation of features. Namely, are morphological features binary or privative? I have explored this question for number in Mi'gmaq and the inclusive/exclusive first person plurals in Ch'ol. I have also worked on the morphology of negation in Mi'gmaq and the morphophonology of Mi'gmaq third person subject markers.

semantics

I am interested in how meaning is compositionally derived through structure and morphology. For my dissertation, I am investigating how arguments are formed and how structure plays a role. I have recently worked on definite numeral constructions in Ch'ol, classifiers and the definite article in Indonesian (with Ekarina Winarto), the semantics of the partitive morpheme in Finnish (with Peter Sutton) and the semantics of classifiers crosslinguistically (with Mary Moroney and Justin Royer).

dissertation

Mutual dependences of nominal and clausal syntax in Ch'ol [link]

publications

Forthcoming. Classifying Classifiers. Proceedings of the Eleventh Conference on the Semantics of Under-Represented Languages in the Americas. With Mary Moroney and Justin Royer. [link]

2020. Left branch extraction, object shift and freezing effects in Tumbalá Ch'ol. Glossa: A Journal of General Linguistics, 5(1), 26. [link]

2019. Classifiers and the definite article. In Proceedings of the 49th North East Linguistics Society, Maggie Baird and Jonathan Pesetsky (Eds), 209--220. Amherst, MA: GLSA. With Ekarina Winarto. [pdf]

2018. A feature-based analysis of the Ch'ol (Mayan) person paradigm. In Karee Garvin, Noah Hermalin, Myriam Lapierre, Yevgeniy Melguy, Tessa Scott and Eric Wilbanks (Eds), Proceedings of the Forty-Fourth Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society. pages 147--161. Berkeley, CA: Berkeley Linguistics Society. [pdf]

2018. A compositional morphosemantic analysis of exclusivity in Ch'ol. Proceedings of the 2018 LSA. With Mia Wiegand. [pdf]

2018. Inanimate nouns as subjects in Mi'gmaq: Consequences for agreement morphology. Proceedings of WSCLA 21. [pdf]

2018. Subjects, Animacy and Agreement in Mi'gmaq Transitive Verbs. Papers of the 47th Algonquian Conference.

2018. A Binary Feature Analysis of Mi'gmaq Number Agreement. Proceedings of the 35th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics. edited by Wm. G. Bennett, Lindsay Hracs, and Dennis Ryan Storoshenko. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project. [pdf]

2017. Negation and indefinite pronouns in Mi'gmaq. Papers of the 46th Algonquian Conference.Edited by Monica Macaulay, and Margaret Noodin. MSU Press.

2016. Modeling obviation in Algonquian. Proceedings of Semantics of Under-Represented Languages in the Americas (SULA) 9 . with Mary Moroney. [pdf]

2015. Language research and revitalization through a community-university partnership: The Mi'gmaq research partnership. Journal of Language Documentation and Conservation 9. 292-306. with Travis Wysote, Elise McClay and Jessica Coon. [pdf]

2013. Using technology to bridge the gap between speakers, learners, and linguists. In Endangered Languages Beyond Boundaries: Proceedings of the Seventeenth Conference of the Foundation for Endangered Languages, ed. Mary Jane Norris, Erik Anonby, Marie-Odile Junker, Nicholas Ostler, and Donna Patrick, 199-200. with Elise McClay, Erin Olson, Hisako Noguchi, Alan Bale & Jessica Coon.

invited talks

2019. Left branch asymmetries in Tumbalá Ch'ol. Invited Plenary talk at 24th Workshop on the Structure and Constituency of the Languages of the Americas (WSCLA). University of Maryland.

2019. Freezing and left branch asymmetries in Tumbalá Ch'ol. Invited colloquium talk at Concordia University, Montreal. February 21, 2019.

2018. Numerales poseídos en ch'ol. Invited talk at El Colegio de México. November 27, 2018.

2018. A binary-feature analysis of the Ch'ol person paradigm. Invited talk at UNC. November 7, 2018.

2018. Possessed numerals in Ch'ol. Invited Student Talk at Semantics of Under-Represented Languages of the Americas (SULA). University of Toronto.

2015. Animacy and agreement on Mi'gmaq transitive verbs. Talk given at Hebrew University, Jersalem, Israel.

2015. Mi'gmaq: lengua indígena en peligro de extinción en Quebec, Canadá. Colloquium given at Universidad Intercultural del Estado de Tabasco en Villa Tamulté de las Sabanas. (in Spanish)

recent and upcoming presentations

2020. Dimensions of definiteness in Ch'ol: A dialectal comparision. Presented at SSILA with Morelia Vazquez Martinez. New Orleans, LA. [Presentation given in Ch'ol by Morelia Vazquez Martinez with slides in English] *Winner of special distinction award in SSILA's best student presentation category. [handout]

2020. Classifying classifiers: Two kinds of numeral classifiers across languages. Presented at the LSA with Mary Moroney and Justin Royer. New Orleans, LA.

2020. Left branch extraction and object shift in Tumbalá Ch'ol. Presented at the LSA. New Orleans, LA. [handout]

2019. Left branch extraction, freezing and object shift in Tumbalá Ch'ol. Presented as a poster at NELS 50. MIT. [handout]

2019. Bare nouns and argument formation in Ch'ol (Mayan). Presented at TbiLLC 13. Batumi, Georgia.

2019. The Finnish partitive in counting and measuring constructions. With Peter Sutton. Presented at TbiLLC 13. Batumi, Georgia.

2019. The Finnish partitive in counting and measuring constructions. With Peter Sutton. Presented at SinFonIJA 12. Brno, Czech Republic.

2019. The Finnish partitive in counting and measuring constructions. With Peter Sutton. Presented at Sinn und Bedeutung 24. Universität Osnabrück.

2018. Classifiers and the definite article in Indonesian. With Ekarina Winarto. Presented at NELS 49. Cornell University.

2018. La distribución e interpretación de sustantivos en el ch'ol: Un estudio práctico de corpus. With Morelia Vázquez Martínez. Presented at Form and Analysis in Mayan Linguistics 5. Antigua, Guatemala.

2018. A feature-based analysis of the Ch'ol (Mayan) person paradigm. Presented at the 44th annual meeting of the Berkeley Linguistic Society (BLS). Berkeley, CA. [handout]

2018. A compositional morphosemantic analysis of exclusivity in Ch'ol. With Mia Wiegand. Presented at the Linguistic Society of America (LSA) Annual Meeting. Salt Lake City, UT. [abstract] [handout] *Winner of LSA Student Abstract Award (3rd Place)

2017. Cardinal and ordinal meanings of possessed numeral constructions in Ch'ol. Presented at the 12th Tbilisi Symposium on Language, Logic, and Computation. Lagodekhi, Georgia.

2017. A binary feature analysis of Mi'gmaq number agreement. Presented at the 35th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics. [handout]

2017. Accounting for number in Mi'gmaq with binary features. Presented at the 41st Penn Linguistics Colloquium.

2016. Las relaciones de posesión en ch'ol: numerales. Presented at Form and Analysis in Mayan Linguistics (FAMLi) 4. Universidad de Oriente (UnO), Valladolid in Yucatán, México. (in Spanish)

2016. On the morphophonology of Mi'gmaq subject agreement, presented at the 48th Algonquian Conference. Milwaukee, WI. [handout]

2016. Agreement and animacy on Mi'gmaq transitive verbs. Presented at the Workshop on Structure and Constituency in Languages of the Americas (WSCLA). Université du Québec à Montreal (UQAM)

2016. Animacy in Mi'gmaq, presented at the The Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA). Washington, DC.

2015. A relative clause puzzle in Mi'gmaq (Algonquian), poster presented at the Workshop on Relative Clauses: Relatives in East Asia and Beyond. Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. with Michael David Hamilton.

2015. Animacy in Mi'gmaq, presented at the 47th Algonquian Conference. Winnipeg, MB.

2014. Negation in Mi'gmaq. Presentation given at the 46th Algonquian Conference. Mohegan Sun, CT.

2013. Evidentiality in Mi'gmaq. Presentation given at the 45th Algonquian Conference. Ottawa, ON.

2013. Student perspectives on Mi'gmaq language-learning through multi-modal teaching: A community- linguistics partnership. Presented at The 3rd International Conference on Language Documentation & Conservation. University of Hawaii, Wakiki, HI. With Elise McClay.