Archive for March, 2011

More LSA fellowship news

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

In addition to Rebekah being named the Bloch Fellow, several other grad students (Andrea Beltrama, Jackson Lee, and Martina Martinovic) have also received LSA fellowships to attend the Linguistics Institute in Boulder, CO, this summer. Congrats to all!

Thomas Grano: Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellow

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

5th year PhD student Thomas Grano has been awarded a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship for the next academic year. This is a national competition among students from all areas of the humanities. Congratulations, Tommy!

Rebekah Baglini: Bloch Fellow

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

3rd-year PhD student Rebekah Baglini has been named the 2011-13 Bloch Fellow. This award goes to the person who is, in the eyes of the LSA Summer Institute fellowship selection committee, “the most promising applicant for fellowships” at the Institute. The Bloch Fellow receives an institute fellowship (obviously), and then serves as a voting member of the LSA Executive Committee for two years. Wow!

Jason Riggle at UCSD

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

Jason Riggle just spoke at the linguistics colloquium of the University of Southern California, San Diego, on Generative models of variation within and between languages, the abstract of which follows:

In this talk, I evaluate three proposed mechanisms for generative
models of variation within language: (i) sampling from partially
specified grammars, (ii) grammars with noisy parameters, and (iii) probabilistic grammars. After describing qualitative differences among the types of variation they allow, I assess the ability of these three models to fit observed patterns of variation and ask whether there is (or could be) an empirical basis for selecting one of them. Finally, I ask the same questions in terms of the models’ ability to account for typological variation (i.e., the frequency with which various patterns are attested typologically).