Archive for March, 2009

Alrenga to be Assistant Professor at Boston University

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

Post-doc Pete Alrenga has accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor in semantics at Boston University. Congratulations, Pete!

Fun, fun, fun: QP Fest next week

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

Mark your calendar! This year’s QP-Fest will take place on March 16-17. The tentative program is as follows:

March 16 (Location: Harper 140)


Christina Weaver: Negation in Luganda


Nassira Nicola: Information Status and Sentence Structure in Home Sign


Arum Kang: The Role of Prosody in Semantic/Syntactic Disambiguation in Korean




Pat Rich: French expletive negation


Luisandro Mendes De Souza: Comparatives in Brazilian Portuguese and the Verbal Domain


Pete Klecha: The Modality of English Futures

March 17 (Location: Harper 130)


Andy Dombrowski: Albanian-Slavic Phonological Contact


Juan Bueno Holle: Reference-tracking in Isthmus Zapotec


Alice Lemieux: Washo Bipartite Stems




Max Bane: Grammatical Correlates of Variation in the English Dative Alternation


Yaron McNabb: Apparent pharyngealization in French loanwords in Moroccan Arabic


Susan Rizzo: Grandfather Effects and Derived Environment Effects in Harmonic Grammar


CLS 45: Get it while it’s hot

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

We’re proud to announce our program for the upcoming CLS 45 Conference, April 16-18, 2009, is now available. The program can be found on our website .

On the site you can also find pre-registration information; you can now pre-register online (payment must be mailed or hand-delivered by March 31). Registration is free to currently enrolled U of C students if they volunteer at the conference.

We’re looking forward to a great conference, and hope you are too!

-CLS 45

Keren Rice Colloquium Thursday

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

University of Chicago Linguistics Colloquium

Keren Rice, University of Toronto

What determines morpheme order in the Athapaskan verb?

March 5, 3:30-5:00pm, Cobb 201


The surface order of morphemes in the verb word of Athapaskan languages has traditionally been considered to be idiosyncratic, stipulated by a template. In Rice 2000 I argued that what I called semantic scope plays an important role in the ordering of morphemes. Here I extend the account of morpheme ordering in the verb word, focusing on a series of problems that arise if scope alone is involved. I argue that if phonological factors are also taken into account, a systematicity to the complexities of morpheme ordering in the verb emerges, with morphemes being segregated by their phonological shapes, and, within these phonologically determined groups, scope plays a major role in the ordering of morphemes. I examine the principles that control the ordering in light of recent claims that functional principles such as parsability are key to morpheme ordering.

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King to TULCon

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Ed King, one of our many talented undergraduates, will be presenting “Generation Effects on Vowel Production in Latvian-English Bilinguals in Chicago” at the Toronto Undergraduate Linguistics Conference (TULCon), March 27-29, 2009.

Kang to present at JSM

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Arum Kang‘s paper, ‘On Pluralizing Event: Plural Marking Event Pluralizer tul in Korean’,  has been selected for presentation at JSM (Journées de Sémantique et Modélisation)’09. Congratulations!

Hot off the press!

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Quantification, Definiteness, and Nominalization, edited by Anastasia Giannakidou and Monika Rathert, has recently been published by the Oxford University Press. Congratulations, Anastasia!