Congratulation to Ryan Bochnak, who has successfully defensed his dissertation, titled “Cross-linguistic variation in the semantics of comparatives” today! Great job, Ryan! The chair of his dissertation committee is Chris Kennedy.
Peter Klecha’s squib, titled “Diagnosing modality in predictive expressions,” has been accepted for publication in Journal of Semantics! Congrats, Peet!
Rajesh Bhatt from UMass will be visiting the department from May 12 to May 21 as our first linguistics guru. He will be hanging out in Anastasia’s office (Classics 314E). Please stop by to say hi! If you want to meet with him to discuss your research, please e-mail him <bhatt<AT>linguist.umass.edu> directly to schedule an appointment.
Carlos Cisneros and Adam Singerman have both been awarded the Center for Latin American Studies 2013 Tinker Field Research Grant. Carlos will be heading to Panama to conduct fieldwork on the Bocotá (Chibchan) language, while Adam will be going to the Brazilian Amazon to conduct fieldwork there! Congratulations!
Ryan Bochnak has been offered a two-year Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley! Congratulations, Ryan!
Both Itamar Francez and Ryan Bochnak will be presenting at SALT 23 on May 3-5. The titles of their presentations are
- Ashwini Deo, Itamar Francez and Andrew Koontz-Garboden: From change to value difference in degree achievements
- Ryan Bochnak: Scale exhaustivity and the modification condition (talk alternate)
The Workshop on Sound Change Actuation, a satellite meeting of CLS, will take place next Wednesday and Thursday (April 17-18). The Wednesday workshop will take place in the South Lounge of the Reynolds Club. The Thursday workshop will take place at the Franke Institute. The full program can be found here: