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Chicago semanticists in Europe

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Chicago semanticists were busy making a name for themselves this summer!

Many were in Utrecht for Sinn und Bedeutung:

  • Rebekah Baglini: The scalar source of stative passives
  • Tim Grinsell: The imperfective imperative
  • Peter Klecha: Positive and conditional semantics for gradable modals
  • Yusuke Kubota (Post-doc 2010-11, now at University of Tokyo): Scale compatibility and scale composition: An analysis of manner of motion verbs in Japanese
  • Yaron McNabb: Some degree modifiers are standard fixers and context manipulators in one: an experimental investigation of “very”

Yaron McNabb was also the discussant at the Workshop on degree semantics and its interfaces, a satellite event of Sinn und Bedeutung.

Several were in Paris for the 9th Syntax and Semantics Conference (CSSP 2011):

  • Thomas Grano (U Chicago) Exhaustive control is not control: Cinque’s IP and the raising/ control divide
  • Thomas Grano & Chris Kennedy (U Chicago) Severing the degree argument from the adjective: Evidence from Mandarin transitive comparatives
  • Yusuke Kubota (U Tokyo) & Robert Levine (Ohio State) Against ellipsis: Arguments for the direct licensing of ‘non-canonical’ coordinations
  • Yusuke Kubota (U Tokyo) Revisiting the progressive/ perfect ambiguity of -te iru in Japanese: A scale-based analysis

Chicagoans to Barcelona

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

First year, Andrea Beltrama, will be presenting “Can a decent student get into Harvard? A study on scalar implicature and gradable adjectives” at the upcoming XPRAG, an experimental pragmatics conference, at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, on June 2-4, 2011. Chris Kennedy and our alumna, Asli Ozyurek (joint PhD in Psych and Ling, 2000), are among the invited speakers to this conference as well. Have a blast in Barcelona!

Martinovic to WCCFL

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Martina Martinovic will be presenting “The Interaction of Animacy with Phonetic and Phonological Factors in Neostokavian” at WCCFL 29 at the University of Arizona on April 22-24, 2011. Our alum, Michael (Mitcho) Erlewine (BA/MA, 2007) will also be presenting “Share to Compare: the Mandarin bĭ Comparative” there as well. Yay to Chicagoans!

Alumni news: Ilya Yakubovich

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

In Spring 2010, Ilya Yakubovich moved from Chicago to Moscow, where he accepted the position of a Privatdozent (Assistant Professor) at his alma mater, Russian State University for the Humanities, and research appointments at the Moscow State University and the Russian Academy of Sciences. In January 2011 Ilya relocated to Oxford, where he was offered Jill Hart Postdoctoral Fellowship in Indo-Iranian Philology. He took a temporary leave from his teaching job, but continues to combine his work in Oxford with research appointments in Moscow.

Eric Morley’s grammar of Ajagbe

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Congratulations to our BA alumnus Eric Morley, for the recent publication by LINCOM Europa of his Grammar of Ajagbe, which he wrote on the basis of fieldwork that he conducted from 2007-2009 as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Klouekanme, Benin. More details about the book are available on LinguistList, and you can find out more about Ajagbe on Ethnologue.

Congratulations to Kjersti and Alex

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Recent alumna Kjersti Stensrud and her husband Alex Boccio have announced the birth of their daughter Hannah on November 4th in Oslo, Norway. Congratulations!

Alumni baby

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!

Job news: Osamu Sawada

Monday, September 20th, 2010

We’re very proud of recent PhD Osamu Sawada (2010), who has accepted a permanent position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanities and Faculty of Humanities, Law and Economics at Mie University, one of the national universities in Japan.  He will begin teaching Intro to Linguistics and a course on meaning and communication in October.  All the best, Dr. Sawada!


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