Jason Ostrove



Where I learned Scottish Gaelic, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, on the Isle of Skye. Summer, 2015

Research

Morphological Accounts of Portmanteaux Phenomena


I'm interested in the role of linear information in Vocabulary Insertion, and argue that Vocabulary Insertion operates over linearized structures.

``On the Role of Linear Order in Portmanteaux'' (Submitted to NLLT)

PDF

My most current thinking on this problem as of early April, 2016. See also my 2016 LSA Handout

Non-Linearly Conditioned Contextual Allomorphy


The Gaelic languages (Irish, Scottish Gaelic, Manx) exhibit cases of what I analyze as non-linearly conditioned contextual allomorphy. The goal of this project is to shed light on the locality restrictions of this apparently non-local operation. You can also look at my SMircle handout from a talk in February, 2016 here.

``Non-Linearly Conditioned Contextual Allomorphy in Scottish Gaelic''

PDF

This is an extremely early draft of the phenomenon in Scottish Gaelic. Note that a side problem is coming up with a better name than `non-linearly conditioned contextual allomorphy.' Comments about this, as well as the paper itself, are extremely welcome and deeply appreciated. You can also look at my SMircle handout from a talk in February, 2016 here.

Fieldwork

In addition to the fieldwork I do to gather data on Irish and Scottish Gaelic, I have been working with a speaker of San Martín Peras Mixtec to document and record the language since the spring of 2014. The long term goals of this project are an orthography and, eventually, a dictionary. While I have not written much formal work on the language, expect it in the near future.

Morphological Case


``Linear adjacency and case morphology in Scottish Gaelic''

PDF

My Qualifying Exam that I successfully defended on April 20th, 2017, based largely on original fieldwork conducted in the Outer Hebrides and on the Isle of Skye during the summer of 2016. I argue that one of Gaelic's two morphological cases is largely unlike previous cases examined in the literature, and is calculated strictly on linear adjacency relations. I then present a theory of case morphology which can account for this pattern.

Other:

``Allomorphy in the Irish Verbal Complex''

PDF

This is my first qualifying paper/my MA thesis. My current thinking on this particular problem rejects the analysis presented here in favor of the analysis here. Feel free to look at it and give comments though if you so choose, or if you're interested in Obliteration analyses.