Archive for January, 2009

Hot off the presses from Sali

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009
Salikoko Mufwene has begun another calendar year with several new publications, which include
  • (With Cécile B. Vigouroux, eds.) 2008. Globalization and Language Vitality: Perspectives from Africa. London: Continuum Press.
  • 2009. “Some offspring of colonial English are creole.” In Vernacular Universals and Language Contacts, ed. by Markku Filppula, Juhani Klemola, and Heili Paulasto, 208-303. New York/London: Routledge.
Last weekend, Sali also presented his paper, “Humans as the ecology of language(s),” at The Nexus of Biology and Linguistics, the 6th Annual Martin Luther King Day Linguistics Symposium, held at The Ohio State University on January 19.

Kennedy, McNabb among paper acceptances

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

“On the Extraction of Attributive Adjectives and Deletion in Palestinian Arabic Comparatives,” a paper by department chair Chris Kennedy and third-year Ph.D. student Yaron McNabb, has been accepted to two upcoming conferences:

  • The 37th North American Conference on Afroasiatic Languages (NACAL) meeting in Albuquerque, NM, to be held March 13-15, 2009
  • The 23rd Arabic Linguistics Symposium at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, to be held April 3-5, 2009

In addition, a paper by April Lynn Grotberg, “Prosodic override of a differential object marking system,” was accepted to NACAL as well. NELC/Linguistics joint-Ph.D. student Charles Otte III will also be presenting at NACAL. Congratulations, all!

Nassira gets published

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Nassira Nicola‘s paper, “Black Face, White Voice: Rush Limbaugh and the ‘Message’ of Race,” has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Language and Politics. Excited for you, Nassira!

Straughn dissertation proposal defense today!

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Fourth-year Ph.D. student Chris Straughn will be defending his dissertation proposal, “Evidentiality in Uzbek and Kazakh,” today, January 22. The defense will take place at 11 a.m. in Classics 312 (department lounge); the abstract can be viewed here. We’re wishing Chris the best!

LSA meeting last week

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

Many Chicago linguists spent several days last week at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (as well as the coinciding SSILA meeting), which took place in beautiful San Francisco, CA. The papers by University of Chicago graduate students and faculty were previously announced on BLING here, and the full LSA meeting program can be found here. Ask a conference attendee near you how it went!

Chicagoans travel to Berkeley

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

The University of Chicago will be well represented at the upcoming annual meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society, which will be held February 14-16, with several members of our department featured in the program.

Student presenters will include Ryan Bochnak, “Promiscuous modification and cross-categorical part structures”; Jasmin Urban, “A Modal Approach to Open Questions”; and Osamu Sawada and Thomas Grano, “Investigating an asymmetry in the semantics of Japanese measure phrases.”

Susan Goldin-Meadow and Amy Franklin (PhD, 2007) will present “Getting Ahead in Development: Multi-Modal Acquisition of Negation” (with Amy Franklin) and Alan Yu will also be presenting his work, “Tonal mapping in Cantonese vocative reduplication.”

See the BLS 35 website for details about the meeting program and abstracts.

Hark! The CLS abstract deadline approaches!

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

A reminder to all that the deadline for submitting abstracts for CLS 45 is THIS Friday. All abstracts MUST be submitted by 11:59 p.m. CST by Friday, January 16, 2009.  Authors will be notified of acceptance decisions by late February 2009.

Remember, in order to submit, you must first register via the Chicago Linguistic Society website and follow all submission guidelines.

CLS 45 eagerly anticipates this year’s contributions for another outstanding conference, to be held April 16-18. Don’t delay!

Colloquia back in action this week

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

After our holiday hiatus, this year’s colloquium series resumes with the first of four (so far) scheduled talks for the Winter quarter. Tania Ionin of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will be presenting on “The scope of English indefinites: an experimental investigation” (abstract here).

As usual, this talk will take place on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in Cobb 201, with department tea immediately following. We hope to see many people there as we kick off another quarter!