Archive for May, 2012

Francez joins department as assistant professor

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Itamar Francez, who’s currently a Harper-Schmitt Fellow, will be joining our department in the Fall as a tenure-track assistant professor. Please join me in welcoming him on this new, more durable basis!

McNabb heading to Konstanz

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Yaron McNabb, who recently defended his dissertation , “The Syntax and Semantics of Degree Modification”, has accepted a two-year postdoctoral research position at the University of Konstanz, where he will be part of a project on “Decomposition of comparative and superlative quantificational noun phrases at the syntax/semantics interface”.  Congratulations, Yaron!

Grano heading to Maryland

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Tommy Grano will take up a post-doc position at the Department of Linguistics at the University of Maryland this coming Fall. Congratulations, Tommy!

Merchant received the Quantrell Award

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Jason Merchant was awarded the Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching on May 24, 2012. Congratulations, Jason. Well-deserved!

Bueno-Holle received Smithsonian fellowship

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Juan Bueno-Holle, who’s currently conducting fieldwork in Mexico on Izthmus Zapotec, has been awarded a Smithsonian fellowship for next year. Congratulations, Juan! Well-done!

Aparicio award scholarship to NASSLLI

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Helena Aparicio was awarded a full scholarship to attend the North American Summer School of Logic, Language and Information (NASSLLI) at UT Austin this summer.   Congratulations, Helena!

Chicagoans at the 2013 LSA Institute

Monday, May 28th, 2012

The 2013 LSA Institute will be held from June 24 to July 19 at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Several Chicago faculty and (so-to-be) alumni of the Linguistics department will be teaching courses there:

  • Computational Modeling of Sound Change: James Kirby (PhD 2010, now at University of Edinburgh) and Morgan Sonderegger
  • Individual differences in sound change: Jeff Mielke (University of Ottawa) and Alan Yu
  • Introduction to Morphosyntax: Karlos Arregi
  • Language Variation and Thought: John A. Lucy (Comparative Human Development)

Metlay and Ribeiro defended dissertations

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Double congratulations are in order to the two students who successfully defended their dissertations yesterday:  Don Metlay, for his dissertation on ‘[take] and the ASL Verb Complex: An Autolexical Account’, and Eduardo Ribeiro, for his dissertation ‘A Grammar of Karajá’.

Great job, Don and Eduardo!