The MultiMorph research group is a student-oriented research group that explores morphological structures and processes in multilingual populations. Our research group meets regularly (bi-monthly) in a hybrid in person/Zoom format where we offer trainings (e.g., ELAN, Praat, other software), discuss recent publications in the field, and host guest speakers. Members of the group also have the opportunity to receive feedback on their own research from other members of the group.
Similar to the larger Syndicate group, we adopt a neo-constructivist approach to morphological and syntactic structure. A general guiding theme we pursue in our collaborative research is to arrive at a better understanding of the properties of 'words'. We adopt the approach that the conceptualization of 'words' involves phonological, semantic, and grammatical information, and a result, that there is no specific component of the grammar solely responsible for their creation.
One of the long-term projects connected to the MultiMorph research group is the Pennsylvania Dutch Grammar & Lexicon Project. The primary goal of this research project is gain insight into properties of the mental lexicon in Pennsylvania Dutch across time and geography.
If you are interested in attending these meetings or becoming a part of MultiMorph, contact Prof. Mike Putnam (mike.putnam (at) psu.edu)
Fall 2022 regularly-scheduled meetings: Tuesdays from 1:30-2:30pm in Burrowes 157