Archive for May, 2008

New Talk Series on Linguistics Research

Sunday, May 11th, 2008

From Consumer to Producer: Getting Started in Linguistic Research

Ever wondered what the protocol is for working with informants, or how to obtain IRB approval? Ever looked at faculty and advanced graduate students and wondered how they learned all the ins and outs of working within an academic institution to produce original research? The University of Chicago Department of Linguistics would like to extend an open invitation to anyone starting work in linguistics, or interested in the process, to a new series of talks this May. Each talk will consist of presentations by a panel of speakers followed by a thirty minute Q & A period. Come hear experienced researchers share their wisdom (and how they acquired it) and bring your burning questions. Join the speakers and audience after the talks at a reception in the Linguistics Lounge on the third floor of Classics.

“Crafting a Research Topic”
Tuesday May 13th, 3:30 – 5:00 pm, Cobb 201 A/B
Reception from 5:00 pm, Ling Lounge, 3rd Floor Classics

“10 Do’s and Don’t’s of Research in Linguistics”
Jason Merchant, Department of Linguistics

“Getting Started with Research Projects: Phonology, Computational Linguistics, and Beyond”
John Goldsmith, Departments of Linguistics and Computer Science

“Working in Speaker Communities”
Lenore Grenoble, Departments of Linguistics and Slavic Languages & Literature

“Turning an Idea into A Research Project”
Tuesday May 20th, 3:30 – 5:00 pm, Cobb 201 A/B
Reception from 5:00 pm, Ling Lounge, 3rd Floor Classics

“What is a Linguistics Experiment?”
Alan Yu, Department of Linguistics

“Institutional Support and Review”
Chris Kennedy, Department of Linguistics

Hinterwimmer Colloquium on Thursday

Sunday, May 11th, 2008

Different alternatives for topics and foci: Evidence from indefinites and multiple wh

Stefan Hinterwimmer (joint work with Sophie Repp)
Zentrum fur Allgemeine Sprachwisenschaft, Berlin

Thursday May 15, 2008
Cobb 201, 3.30- 5 pm

In gapping, topical indefinites as well as wh-phrases can contrast with surface-identical antecedents if the contrast involved is the first of the two (or more) contrast pairs in the gapping coordination. This is not possible for most other types of expressions. We argue that both topical indefinites and wh-phrases introduce a discourse referent with a fixed address, on the basis of which referents introduced by surface-identical expressions can be contrasted. For the indefinites, we argue that the first contrast pair is a pair of contrastive topics which can, at the same time, be a pair of aboutness topics. These introduce individual addresses (Reinhart 1981). For wh-phrases we follow the assumption that they introduce discourse referents by presupposition. Multiple wh-interrogatives then introduce functions by presup po sition whose domain is provided by the first wh-phrase. The function is specified by giving its extension, i.e. the respective pair-list.

Jason Merchant in Maryland

Sunday, May 11th, 2008

Jason Merchant presented “PF and LF locality: Evidence from Greek comparatives” at the Maryland Linguistics Mayfest (May 10-11). The theme this year was “Island Perspectives“.

Arregi to join the department!

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

A warm welcome to Karlos Arregi, who will join the Linguistics Department next year as an Assistant Professor. Karlos, who completed his Ph.D. at MIT in 2002, is currently teaching at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His interests include syntax, the syntax-semantics, syntax-phonology interfaces, and morphology. He also specializes in Basque and Romance Linguistics.

Yu promoted!

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

Congratulations to Alan Yu on his promotion to Associate Professor with tenure!

Debenport awarded AAUW fellowship

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

Erin Debenport has been awarded an American fellowship from the AAUW Educational Foundation for 2008-09. Congratulations, Erin!

Next year’s cohort announced!

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

A cohort of six students will be joining our department next year:

  • Carissa Abrego
  • Rebekah Baglini
  • Jon Keane
  • Tim Grinsell
  • Martina Martinovic
  • Julia Thomas

Thanks to all who helped out with recruitment.