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David Birdsong, Chair 201 W 21ST STREET STOP B7600, HRH 2.114A, AUSTIN, TX 78712 • 512-471-5531

FIGSO Working Paper Series

Fri, March 23, 2012 • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM • HRH 2.118 (Lounge)

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Good Enough Processing in French as a First and Second Language

by Libby Mallonee Gertken and Laura Boswell Ambrosetti 

We investigate the use of parsing heuristics by native (NS) and second language (L2) speakers of French during processing of plausible and implausible transitive and cleft sentences. Our findings suggest that both NS and L2 users make use of parsing heuristics albeit to different extents.

Méditerranée sans Midi: Reconstructing the Sunna in A. Kechiche’s  L’Esquive

by Martino Lovato

Abdellatif Kechiche’s L’Esquive (2003) portrays a group of adolescents attending French public school in a sunless banlieue.  In this presentation I will analyze Khechiche’s narrative “dodging” between European and Arabic habits in conflict.  

More on Fuzzy Prosody

by Nicholas Bacuez

In my research I am working with the concepts of frequency and similarity and the principles of fuzzy set theory to generate intonation contours from the variation between instances of these contours. Intonation contours are considered as categories within which elements are distributed from the core to the peripheral edges depending on their degree of membership. 


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