Alderete & Finley 2016: Gradient Vowel Harmony in Oceanic

Gradient vowel harmony in Oceanic John Alderete, Sara Finley Abstract: This article contributes to the understanding of gradient phonological patterns by investigating graded vowel co-occurrence in Oceanic languages. In particular, vowel co-occurrence patterns in disyllabic stems are investigated in four languages: Samoan, Tongan, Hawaiian, and Fijian, as well as reconstructed forms in Proto-Oceanic and Proto-Malayo-Polynesian…. Read more »

2014-2019 SSHRC Insight Grant on Speech Production

Title: Sound structure in speech production: A comparative study of Fijian and Berber languages Funding: Social Science and Humanities Research Council Research Team: John Alderete (PI, Simon Fraser University), Alexei Kochetov (University of Toronto), Stefan A. Frisch (University of South Florida), Abdelkrim Jebbour (formerly at Ibn Tofail University) Description: Speaking is a complex behavioral task. It involves selecting… Read more »

Alderete 1999: Fijian clause structure

Canonical types and noun phrase configuration in Fijian John Alderete Abstract: This paper examines a set of observations governing the distribution of nominal expressions in Fijian clause structure. Special attention is given to the semantic types of the nouns involved, especially in establishing their patterning in the positions for the grammatical functions object and subject…. Read more »