Archive for April, 2010

Paz dissertation defense

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Alejandro I. Paz (joint Anthro/Ling) will be defending his dissertation next Thursday, April 29 at 12:30 p.m. in Haskell 101. Alejandro’s dissertation is entitled “Discursive Transformation: The Emergence of Ethnolinguistic Identity Among Latin American Labor Migrants and Their Children In Israel” (abstract available in Haskell 119). Of course, attendance is open to faculty and students. Best to Alejandro!

Illinois Speech Day

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Some readers may want to mark their respective calendars: Illinois Speech Day, a daylong meeting consisting of presentations and discussion on the theme of computational models of speech, will be happening in just a few weeks.

Moreover, it’s happening a convenient two blocks or so away from campus, and is correspondingly full of U of C presenters, including Max Bane, Sam Bowman, Matt Faytak, James Kirby, John Labiak, Olivier Lescop, Sravana Reddy, Jason Riggle, Susan Rizzo, Morgan Sonderegger, Mark Stoehr, Siwei Wang, and Sonija Waxmonsky.

That’s in addition to faculty, postdoc, and student presenters from UIUC, Northwestern, and TTIC, so take note:

Monday, May 10, TTI-Chicago, 6045 S. Kenwood Ave., Chicago.

Conferences for Grinsell

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Second-year grad student Tim Grinsell will be presenting at Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics (FASL 19) at the University of Maryland this weekend. His talk will be on “Lithuanian modal comparatives: implications for the syntax and semantics of comparison in Slavic” (abstract here).

You’ll also catch Tim at this year’s Semantics and Philosophy in Europe (SPE3) in Paris at the end of May (if you happen to be in Paris, that is).  Good luck and congrats!

CLS 46 is underway

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

The 46th Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society begins TODAY and runs through Saturday evening (culminating in our world-renowed CLS banquet). A full program can be found here.

U. Chicago participants include two invited speakers, the illustrious John Goldsmith (Main Session) and Jason Riggle (Probabilistic Theories of Grammar), as well as the following presenters:

Eleni Staraki, “On the Temporal Interpretation of Modals – A crosslinguistic comparison”

Max Bane and Morgan Sonderegger with Peter Graff (MIT), “Longitudinal phonetic variation in a closed system”

Elena Castroviejo Miró (postdoc) with Laia Mayol (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), “Evaluative adverbs in questions: a comparison between French and Catalan”

Anastasia Giannakidou and Suwon Yoon, “No NPI licensing in clausal comparatives”

James Kirby, “A probabilistic model of category merger”

Also, a huge thank you to the officers of CLS 46 (Adam Baker, Rebekah Baglini, Tim Grinsell, Jonathan Keane, and Julia Thomas)—best of luck this weekend!

Alan Yu invited to Purdue

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

Alan Yu will be the invited speaker at the Purdue Linguistics Association Student Symposium 2010, held next weekend on at Purdue. The special session for this year’s symposium will focus on language diversity, and in addition to the Saturday paper sessions, there will also be workshops on Friday. Alan will be speaking Saturday on language diversity.

Kuzmack going to GRAMIS

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

Stefanie Kuzmack‘s abstract, “Written language as a factor in language change,” has been accepted for the International Conference on Grammaticalization and (Inter)Subjectification (GramiS), to be held in Brussels this November. Congrats, Stefie!