Archive for March, 2011

Welcome, Diane Brentari!

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

We are happy to announce that Professor Diane Brentari, currently at Purdue University, has accepted an offer to become a full professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Chicago starting next fall. Everyone in the department is very excited — adding her to the faculty will not only bolster our already impressive strength in phonological and morphological theory, but also help to make Chicago a leader in sign language linguistics.

Welcome, Diane!

CLS 47: April 7-9!

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

The 47th Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society is coming up, April 7-9 in Ida Noyes Hall. The conference program has been posted, and pre-registration for CLS 47 is now open on the CLS website until March 31. Prices are $20 for pre-registered students and $40 for pre-registered faculty and other attendees. Mailing pre-registration fees in advance (checks only, please) is not required but strongly encouraged to help registration run smoothly at the conference. After March 31, prices will go up to $25 and $50. Registration is FREE for all University of Chicago students.

Carissa Abrego-Collier, Arum Kang, Martina Martinovic, Chieu Nguyen
CLS 47 Organizing Committee

Chicagoans to Barcelona

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

First year, Andrea Beltrama, will be presenting “Can a decent student get into Harvard? A study on scalar implicature and gradable adjectives” at the upcoming XPRAG, an experimental pragmatics conference, at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, on June 2-4, 2011. Chris Kennedy and our alumna, Asli Ozyurek (joint PhD in Psych and Ling, 2000), are among the invited speakers to this conference as well. Have a blast in Barcelona!

Staraki and Giannkidou to Chronos

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Eleni Staraki will present “Attitude verbs and embedded tense in Greek” at CHRONOS, the 10th international conference on tense, aspect, modality and evidentiality, which is going to be held at Aston University, Birmingham, on April 18 -20. Anastasia Giannakidou will also be presenting “Polarity indefinites in modal contexts” at the same conference.

Martinovic to WCCFL

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Martina Martinovic will be presenting “The Interaction of Animacy with Phonetic and Phonological Factors in Neostokavian” at WCCFL 29 at the University of Arizona on April 22-24, 2011. Our alum, Michael (Mitcho) Erlewine (BA/MA, 2007) will also be presenting “Share to Compare: the Mandarin bĭ Comparative” there as well. Yay to Chicagoans!

Bochnak to SULA

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Ryan Bochnak will present “Managing vagueness, imprecision and loose talk in Washo: the case of šemu” at SULA on May 5-7 at the University of Manchester.

Grano and Kennedy to SALT

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Tommy Grano will present “Mental action and event structure in the semantics of ‘try’” at SALT 21 to be held at Rutgers University on May 20 – May 22, 2011. Chris Kennedy is also one of the invited speakers.

Lee to Montreal

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Jackson Lee will be presenting “The (non-)blocking of non-TETU tonal overwriting in Cantonese attenuative reduplication” at the Phonology in the 21st Century: In Honor of Glyne Piggott conference at McGill University on May 7-9, 2011. Congrats!


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