Archive for February, 2012

WSCLA 17 Program

Monday, February 20th, 2012

The Workshop on Structure and Constituency in the Languages of the Americas (WSCLA) will take place at the University of Chicago on March 9-11 in Ida Noyes Hall. In addition to the general session, there will be a special themed session focus on information structure as well as a round table discussion with the invited speakers on the role of youths in language revitalization efforts. Due to generous financial support from various funding sources, there is no registration for this conference. Everyone is invited!

The workshop schedule can be found here:

Chicagoans to present at WCCFL 30

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Several Chicago linguists will be presenting at WCCFL 30 at UC Santa Cruz!

  • Peter Alrenga (former post doc, now at Boston University), Chris Kennedy, and Jason Merchant: A New Standard of Comparison
  • Jesse Harris (BA/MA 2003, now Assistant Professor of Linguistics at Pomona College)On the Semantics of Domain Adjectives in English
  • Steve Sanpietro, Ming Xiang, Jason Merchant: Syntax, Semantics, and Discourse in Ellipsis: Accounting for Voice Mismatch

Great job y’all!


Cantonese linguists heading to OSU

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Several Chicago linguists will be heading to Ohio State in March to present at the Workshop on Innovations in Cantonese Linguistics:

  • Jackson Lee: Representation of contour tone in Cantonese
  • Holman Tse (MA, 2007): Lexical tone effects on voice onset time in Cantonese

Alan Yu is one of the invited speakers. His talk is titled “Determinants of Cantonese syllable wellformedness.”



Chicago linguists heading to PLC

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Julia Thomas and Jackson Lee will be presenting at the Penn Linguistics Colloquium on March 23-25.

  • Julia Thomas, Holly Craig and S. Hensel:  “A look at copula usage in school-age AAE speakers”
  • Jackson Lee: “The representation of contour tones in Cantonese”


Baglini at GLOW

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Rebekah Baglini and Michael Erlewine (BA, MA, 2007) will present at the 35th GLOW Colloquium to be held on March 28-30, 2012, at the University of Potsdam.

  • Rebekah Baglini: Reduced clausal structure in comparatives: Evidence from Wolof
  • Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine: Association with traces and thecopy theory of movement

Chicago Linguists at BLS 38

Monday, February 6th, 2012

On Feb 11-12, several U of C linguists will be presenting at BLS 38:

  • Rebekah Baglini: Reduced clausal structure in comparatives: evidence from Wolof
  • Andrew Dombrowski: Multiple relative marking in 19th century West Rumelian Turkish
  • Matthew Faytak (BA, 2011): Logical sonority scales and turbulence in fricative-vowel languages
  • Jackson Lee: The representation of contour tones in Cantonese

In addition to these student presenters, our very own Victor Friedman is one of the invited speakers. His talk is titled “Languages are Wealth: The Sprachbund as Linguistic Capital”.



Ball heading to MacEwan

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Chris Ball (Ph.D. 2007) has accepted a tenure-track assistant professorship of anthropology in the Department of Anthropology, Economics, and Political Science at MacEwan University, in Edmonton. He starts in August 2012. He is currently the Robert A. and Catherine L. McKennan Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow of Anthropology at Dartmouth College. Congratulations, Chris!


Yoon named Humboldt Fellow!

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Suwon Yoon (Ph.D. 2011) has been named a Humboldt Postdoctoral Research Fellow by the Alexander von Humboldt foundation. She will be based at the Bergische Universitat Wuppertal, Germany.