Author Archive

Job news: Yoon and Kirby

Monday, November 8th, 2010

In addition to James Kirby, who will be heading to Scotland in December to assume the position of Lecturer in Phonetics at the University of Edinburgh, we would also like to warmly congratulate Suwon Yoon, who has been offered a Visiting Assistant Professorship at Cornell!

Recently past defenses

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Here’s an update on some other recent past defenses – some more recent, some more past:

On September 17, Tommy Grano defended his dissertation proposal, ‘Toward a semantically based account of the distribution of control’. Way to go!

Over the summer months, Peter Klecha (“Focus-Related Verb Repetition and Nominalization in Luganda”), Rebekah Baglini (“Aspect, modality, and causative event structure: A new analysis of the English get-causative”), Christina Weaver (“Influences on the production of non-native sequences: Mandarin”) and Carissa Abrego-Collier (“Liquid co-occurrence and coarticulatory influences on /l/ and /r/ perception”) all successfully defended qualifying papers.

Congrats, all :]

Grano & Sawada paper accepted

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Thomas Grano and recent PhD Osamu Sawada have just had their paper “Scale structure, coercion, and the interpretation of measure phrases in Japanese” accepted for publication in Natural Language Semantics. Nice work, gentlemen!


Chicagoans in and out of SWAMP

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Last month, Rebekah Baglini presented a paper called “The syntax and event structure of the get-causative” at the 4th Meeting of the Arizona Linguistics Circle in Tuscon. In addition, the 2010 iteration of everyone’s favorite acronym, the Semantics Workshop of the MidWest & Prairies (SWAMP), is happening this weekend (Nov. 13) at the University of Michigan, and Rebekah will be giving a talk on “The scalar source of adjectival participles.”

Not to be outdone, fellow third-year grad student Tim Grinsell will also give a talk at SWAMP, entitled “Two types of Russian perfectives.”

Good luck!

Grano paper accepted

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

ABD Tommy Grano has just had his paper, “Mandarin hen and Universal Markedness in Gradable Adjectives”, accepted for publication in the journal Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, so be on the lookout in a forthcoming issue. Way to go, Tommy!

Bane prospectus defense

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

The results are in: Congratulations are due to Max Bane (5th year, now ABD), who successfully defended his dissertation proposal ‘Counting Grammars’ last Friday, October 3!

Welcome, new cohort!

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

A warm welcome to this year’s cohort of PhD students! Here’s a brief introduction to the first-years:

Andrea Beltrama was born and raised in Sondrio, in the Italian Alps. He earned his B.A. and MA in Linguistics at the University of Bologna, and, on his way to graduation, had a chance to spend two academic years as an exchange student at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Chicago. His interests include phenomena at the semantics/pragmatics interface, psycholinguistics and linguistic anthropology. When he is not in the library, he loves watching basketball games and fishing.

Jackson Lee obtained his B.A. in Linguistics and French back in his hometown Hong Kong, at the University of Hong Kong. Before coming to Chicago, he completed an MA in Linguistics at the University of Manchester. Jackson’s research interests lie in phonology and its interaction with other areas of grammar, particularly morphology and phonetics.

Anastasios Chatzikonsantinou is from Greece and finished his B.A. in Linguistics and Greek Philology there, continuing in Essex U.K. with an MA in Computational Linguistics. After working in the industry (Nuance Communications) designing text-to-speech synthesis systems for mobile devices, he completed a mandatory year of military service and then spent time teaching and participating in psycholinguistic experiments.  His research interests include processing and acquisition of negative polarity items, HPSG, and human computer interaction, while non-linguistic interests include swimming and music programming.

Looking forward to hearing more from them and their research in the not-too-far future …

2010-11 colloquia

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Another year, another colloquium series: today kicks off our fantastic 2010-2011 lineup. Join us for Annika Herrmann’s talk (link to abstract found below) at 3:30 p.m. in Cobb 201; all are invited to Tea immediately following in the department lounge.

Schedule for Autumn quarter

October 7: Annika Herrmann, University of Göttingen
The split nature of scalar focus particles in sign languages

November 11: Bart Geurts, University of Nijmegen

November 18: Silvina Montrul, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

December 2: William Idsardi, University of Maryland