Archive for October, 2009

First tea of the year today!

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

BLING welcomes back all members of the department, new and old!  We trust your summers were both productive and enjoyable (yes, it can happen).

Today, Thursday, marks our first tea of the new academic year.  Hosted by CLS46, it starts at 4 p.m. and will be held in the linguistics lounge on the 3rd floor of Classics as usual. Come chat, eat, drink, and merrily meet the new students.

(And, watch for the first colloquium of the year on October 8.)

Updates from Friedman and Mufwene

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

Victor Friedman, on foreign leave from the Slavic department, continues his tour of Europe and the Balkans. In addition to several recent papers, presentations, and invited public lectures through Macedonia, Victor also had the honor of receiving the Krste P. Misirkov Liftetime Achievement Award for contributions to Macedonian Scholarship from the Ramkovski Foundation in Skopje. Amazing!

Meanwhile, Salikoko Mufwene has a good deal of new work to report. Publications include “Some offspring of colonial English are creole” in Vernacular universals vs. contact-induced language change; and “Kituba, Kileta, or Kikongo: What’s in a name?” in Naming Languages in Sub-Saharan Africa: Practices, Names, Categorisations, as well as a number of appearances both as an invited and accepted speaker at a number of conferences and the University of Sao Paolo.

For more complete recent bibliographies of each of these linguists, click here: (more…)

Belated QP congrats

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

Laudations are overdue for some spring QP defenses:

Hearty congratulations are due to Yaron McNabb for defending his second qualifying paper, titled “Apparent pharyngealization in French loanwords in Moroccan Arabic.”

Congratulations also to Peter Klecha, who very successfully defended his first qualifying paper, “Modality and context-dependence in English futures.”

Great work, guys! Hope both of you had a great summer!

Lemieux going to SSILA

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

Third-year Ph.D. student Alice Lemieux had her paper, “A compositional approach to bipartite verbs in Washo”, accepted for presentation at the SSILA 2010 Annual Meeting in Baltimore, January 7-10. Way to go!  Alice is also currently at the University of Rochester this fall as a member of the Human Language Processing Lab/Jaeger Lab.

. . . Stay tuned for a complete list of Chicago representatives at the LSA Annual Meeting! We trust it’s a sizable one this year.

Publications over the summer

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

Jackie Bunting’s article on Sranan, “‘Give’ and take: how dative gi contributed to the decline of ditransitive taki,” has just been published in the Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages (24: 199-217, 2009).

In addition, over the summer, Jason Riggle, Max Bane, and Morgan Sonderegger had their joint article “The VC Dimension of Constraint Based Grammars” published in Lingua (article currently online, soon to appear in print).

Proof positive of summer productivity at the U. of C. Congratulations!