Archive for April, 2009

Florian Jaeger visiting next week

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

T. Florian Jaeger (Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Univ. of Rochester) will be visiting next Thursday and Friday, May 7-8. He will be giving a talk in the Language, Cognition and Computation Workshop (abstract to come) on Friday at 3:30 in the Karen Landahl Center.

He will also be giving two statistics tutorials: One (Thursday) on mixed models (linear and logit) and how to run/read them in R; and one (Friday) consisting of Q&A.

Lehr fellowship award

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Rachel Lehr has been awarded an AAUW dissertation fellowship for her dissertation, Pashai Grammar.  Rachel is in Afghanistan right now doing fieldwork on Pashai. Congratulations, Rachel!

More QP cheers

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

…to Tommy Grano, who has successfully defended his second qualifying paper, “English Emotive Factive Verbs and the Semantics of Nonfinite Complementation.”  Excellent work, Tommy!

Yu at Stony Brook

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Alan Yu will be giving a colloquium at SUNY Stony Brook this Friday, May 1. The title of his talk is “Toward a rational account of channel bias.”

CLS 45 is here!

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

The 45th Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society starts tomorrow!

The conference will be held at the International House from Thursday through Saturday. U of C students attend for free, so just go right to the “pre-registration check-in” table. All others can check in at the registration table.

As you know, our theme this year is “Locality in Language,” and we will kick off the conference Thursday morning with talks on locality in phonology and syntax.

Note: There will be no tea in the linguistics lounge this week, but all graduate students are invited to attend the grad-student mixer on Thursday evening at 8 pm in the pub, and all conference attendees are invited to the CLS banquet on Saturday night.

We hope to see you this weekend!

Spring and colloquia are in the air

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

Spring 2009 colloquia are off and running. This full and final season of talks in the 2009 colloquium series began on April 2 with by MIT’s Adam Albright on “Rabbitometry vs. rabbitography: phonetic faithfulness and affix-by-affix differences in derived words.”

Coming up in the following weeks are several other fantastic speakers, including

April 30: Teresa Satterfield, University of Michigan

May 14: Nick Fleisher, Wayne State University

May 21: Ryan Shosted, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

May 28: Shigeto Kawahara, Rutgers University

June 4: Rob Podesva, Georgetown University

Per custom, colloquia are held on Thursday afternoons at 3:30 in Cobb 201. We look forward to these visits, and hope many of you will join us!

Chicago alumni goings-on

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

Chicago linguistics alumnus Aaron Griffith, now a lecturer at the University of Vienna, had his article, “The animacy hierarchy and the distribution of the notae augentes in Old Irish,” published in the December 2008 issue of the journal Ériu. Aaron’s recent conference presentations have included “Raising of *e to *i before  in Old Irish” at the Sound of Indo-European conference in Copenhagen this month, and “pro in Old Irish,” presented at the Formal Approaches to Celtic Linguistics conference last month in Arizona.

In addition, alumna Arika Okrent has a book coming out next month on created languages. The book, In the Land of Invented Languages: Esperanto Rock Stars, Klingon Poets, Loglan Lovers, and the Mad Dreamers Who Tried to Build A Perfect Language, is published by the Spiegel & Grau imprint of Random House and is set to be released May 19.

QP success!

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

Congratulations are due to Jasmin Urban and Malcolm Elliott for their recent QP defenses!

Jasmin successfully defended her first qualifying paper, “Towards a unified theory of questions: What open questions can tell us about what questions mean,” on April 7.

Meanwhile, Malcolm passed his second QP, titled “Seeming and Believing: A look at perception verbs and evidential doubt in English.”

Both can now breathe a little easier and bask in a job well done!