At this week’s lab meeting, Kate McCurdy will give a talk titled ‘Why do German speakers seem to ignore reliable cues to inflection class?’

  • Tuesday, January 11, 15:00–16:00 (Montreal time, UTC-5).
  • Meetings are via Zoom. If you would like to attend the talk but have not yet signed up for the MCQLL meetings this semester, please send an email to mcqllmeetings@gmail.com.

Abstract

Grammatical gender is a highly statistically reliable cue to plural inflection class for German nouns, yet one that appears mainly disregarded by German speakers in wug inflection tasks. I will present some new experimental findings (work in progress) which shed light on this unexpected behavior.