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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.”

 

 

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.

Giannakidou in Korea

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Anastasia Giannakidou gave two talks at Seoul National University titled “Referential vagueness and negative polarity: evidence from Greek and Korean” and “Wh-interminates and free choice: the view from Korean.” She also jointly presented a talk with Suwon Yoon (PhD 2011) and Marcel den Dikken (CUNY) on “On the distribution of NPIs in clausal comparatives” at the 21st Japanese/Korean Linguistics Conference (Oct 20-22, 2011).  Also at the conference was Osamu Sawada (PhD 2010, now at Mie Univ.), who presented “The meaning of modal affective demonstratives in Japanese” with Jun Sawada (Kansai Gaidai Univ.).

Portland here we come!

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

An unprecedentedly large contingent of Chicagoans will be heading to the annual meeting of the LSA and SSILA (*) in Portland next January:

  • Peter Alrenga, Chris Kennedy, and Jason Merchant: Standard of Comparison/Scope of Comparison
  • Andrea Beltrama and Ming Xiang: How beautiful is a pretty girl? Scalar implicatures and context effects with gradable adjectives
  • Ryan Bochnak: Cross-linguistic variation in degree semantics: the case of Washo
  • *Amy Dahlstrom: The place of Meskwaki in a typology of comparatives
  • Tommy Grano: Wanting (to have) null verbs: A view from Mandarin and beyond
  • Jonathan Keane, Diane Brentari, & Jason Riggle: Handshape and coarticulation in ASL fingerspelling
  • Peter Klecha: Modal Domain Shifting: An Imprecision-Based Account
  • Martina Martinovic: Pseudoclefts as a source of fragment answers in Wolof
  • Yaron McNabb: Hebrew mamaš ‘Really’ vs. Real Cases of Degree Modification
  • Chieu Nguyen: The independence of specificity types in Vietnamese
  • *Jerry Sadock: A report on NSF H10195: The lexicon of a polysynthetic language
  • Morgan Sonderegger, Andrea Beltrama, Tasos Chatzikonstantinou, Erin Franklin, Brett Kirken, Jackson Lee, Maria Nelson, Krista Nicoletto, Talia Penslar, Hannah Provenza, Natalie Rothfels, Max Bane, Peter Graff, & Jason Riggle: Coronal stop deletion on reality TV
  • Julia Thomas, Holly Craig and S. Hensel: The Need for Bi-dialectal Education with Child Speakers of AAE: A Look at Copula Acquisition
  • Ming Xiang, Jason Merchant and Julian Grove: Silent Structures in Ellipsis: Priming and Anti-priming Effects
  • Suwon Yoon: Embedded Root Phenomena in Korean versus V2 in German
  • Alan Yu, Carissa Abrego-Collier, Morgan Sonderegger: Individual differences in phonetic convergence
  • Alan Yu and Morgan Sonderegger: Frequency effects on perceptual compensation for coarticulation

Two students are also organizing their own special sessions.

  • Ryan Bochnak is co-organizing a special session with Lisa Matthewson (UBC) on “Methodologies in semantic fieldwork”
  • Rebekah Baglini (the current LSA Bloch fellow) is c0-organizing with Scott Grimm a special session titled “Funding Your Research: Grants for Graduate Students.”  Panelists include Lenore Grenoble and Gregory Anderson (PhD 2000), who will talk about “Funding for linguistic fieldwork and language documentation.”

Last but not least, Ryan Bochnak won the first runner-up in the Best Student Abstract competition. Being runner-up is not just a consolation prize: Ryan will receive a $300 prize, and his achievement will be announced in the  meeting handbook and at the Awards Ceremony prior to the Presidential Address. Well done, Ryan!