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                                         Talk by Professor Bao Zhiming

Presenter: Professor Bao Zhiming, National University of Singapore

Time: 13:30 - 15:30 p.m. May 21 (Thursday), 2015
Venue: Room 214, Yang Yongman Building, School of Foreign Languages, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Title: A usage-based approach to meter

In metrical phonology, there are two diametrically opposed positions on meter. The Platonic position asserts that meter, such as the iambic pentameter, is absolute, whereas the Aristotelian position asserts that meter is gradient. Generative metrical theorists since Morris Halle are overwhelmingly Platonic, with a few arguing for a gradient approach to meter. We take a usage-based approach to meter, arguing for an Aristotelian view of what is metrical and what is unmetrical based upon an exhaustive analysis of all 154 sonnets of Shakespeare.

Short Bio
Professor Bao Zhiming is a leading linguist in theoretical phonology and contact linguistics. He was graduated from Fudan University in 1978. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in linguistics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), U.S.A. in 1990, under the supervision of Morris Halle, who is a world-renowned linguist and leading figure in phonology, Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, President of the Linguistic Society of America, and MIT Institute Professor. Professor Bao Zhiming has published numerous articles in world-leading linguistics journals such as Language (Journal of the Linguistic Society of America), Linguistic Inquiry (MIT Press), Journal of Linguistics (Cambridge University Press). He has also published two single-authored monographs: The Structure of Tone (Oxford University Press, 2000) and System, transfer and filter: the making of vernacular Singapore English (Cambridge University Press, 2015). Professor Bao's acedemic works were internationally well-quoted and almost all world-leading phonologists have cited his works. Professor Bao Zhiming is Professor of Linguistics, Department of English Language and Literature, National University of Singapore, Cao Guangbiao Chair Professor, Center for the Study of Language and Cognition, Zhejiang University, and Distinguished Overseas Professor, College of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Fudan University.

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