Archive for December, 2009

Happy holidays from BLING

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

We’ll be on hiatus for the next few weeks, enjoying winter and its holidays (traditional and academic!).

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Have a great one!

CK in HK

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Last week, Chris Kennedy was out of the department—and the country—to give a four-part lecture series on “Vagueness and Comparison” (abstracts), kindly hosted by the Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages at Chinese University, Hong Kong.

Chris and his class at CUHK

Chris and his class at CUHK

Thanks for the photo, Chris!

McNabb co-authors two new papers

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Yaron McNabb has just had two articles based on research done with colleagues at Northwestern University published:

“Distinguishing the Said from the Implicated Using a Novel Experimental Paradigm” was published in Semantics and Pragmatics: From Experiment to Theory, and was written with Meredith Larson, Ryan Doran, Rachel Baker, Matthew Berends, Alex Djalali, and Gregory Ward.

“On the Non-Unified Nature of Scalar Implicature: An Empirical Investigation” was published in the International Review of Pragmatics and was co-authored with Ryan Doran, Rachel E. Baker, Meredith Larson, and Gregory Ward.

Congrats, Yaron and collaborators!

Kuzmack’s work contributes to new book

Monday, December 7th, 2009

Stefanie Kuzmack‘s research on the English suffix -ish has been used in Muriel Norde’s new book,  Degrammaticalization (Oxford U. Press).  In fact, there’s a subsection of a chapter based on her work. Check it out!

Alumni tidbits

Monday, December 7th, 2009

Ilya Yakubovich (PhD 2008) continues to live in Chicago and contribute to scholarship as much as his schedule allows him. In April 2009, his paper “Hittite-Luvian Bilingualism and the Origin of Anatolian Hieroglyphs” was awarded Oliver Gurney Memorial Prize for the best paper in Anatolian Studies written by a junior scholar. In October 2009, he defended his second dissertation “Studies in Sogdian Etymology” (in Russian) at the Russian State University for the Humanities. November 2009 saw the publication of his book “Sociolinguistics of the Luvian Language”, which is based upon his University of Chicago Ph.D. thesis.

Nicholas Kontovas (B.A. 2008) is attending an MA program in Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University as of this fall. Nicholas’s past work has included “Lexical Renegotiation: Language adaptation, loanword attitudes and the composition of the Modern Uyghur lexicon,” part of an ongoing investigation into Uyghur speakers in China. Best of luck!


Last LVC talk of the quarter today

Monday, December 7th, 2009

Join us today at 3:30 in Harper 130 for the fifth and final talk of the Language Variation and Change Workshop. Kelly Maynard (Center for East European Russian/Eurasian Studies) will be giving her talk on “Balkan Sprachbund Features in Samsun Albanian” (abstract). Stick around afterwards for snacks, drinks, and hobnobbing.