Archive for the ‘conferences’ Category

Chicagoans at NWAV 40

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Several Chicagoans presented at NWAV 40 at Georgetown University, Oct 27-31.

  • Kathryn Campbell-Kibler (BA/MA ’98) and Abby Walker: Vocalic accommodation in a cross dialectal shadowing task
  • Kathryn Campbell-Kibler (BA/MA ’98): Measuring implicit dialect awareness using the IAT
  • Salikoko Mufwene: The Emergence of Complexity in Language: An Evolutionary Perspective
  • Morgan Sonderegger, Andrea Beltrama, Tasos Chatzikonstantinou, Erin Franklin, Brett Kirken, Jackson Lee, Maria Nelson, Krista Nicoletto, Talia Penslar, Hannah Provenza, Natalie Rothfels, Maximilian Bane, Peter Graff and Jason Riggle: Coronal stop deletion on reality TV
  • Alan Yu, Carissa Abrego-Collier and Morgan Sonderegger: Attitudinal effects in phonetic convergence

 

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!

Chicagoans to NELS 42

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Many current and former Chicago linguists will be heading to Toronto in November for NELS 42:

  • Ryan Bochnack: The non-universal status of degrees: Evidence from Washo
  • Jon Keane, Diane Brentari, & Jason Riggle: Co-articulation in ASL fingerspelling
  • Martina Martinovic: The subject/non-subject asymmetry in Wolof
  • Yaron McNabb: Hebrew and Arabic definite marking as post-syntactic local dislocation
  • Osamu Sawada (PhD 2010, Mie U.): The meanings of diminutive shifts in Japanese
  • Suwon Yoon: On embedded root phenomenon (ERP): ERP in Korean vs. V2 in Germanic

Congratulations!

 

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

CLS 47: April 7-9!

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

The 47th Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society is coming up, April 7-9 in Ida Noyes Hall. The conference program has been posted, and pre-registration for CLS 47 is now open on the CLS website until March 31. Prices are $20 for pre-registered students and $40 for pre-registered faculty and other attendees. Mailing pre-registration fees in advance (checks only, please) is not required but strongly encouraged to help registration run smoothly at the conference. After March 31, prices will go up to $25 and $50. Registration is FREE for all University of Chicago students.

Carissa Abrego-Collier, Arum Kang, Martina Martinovic, Chieu Nguyen
CLS 47 Organizing Committee

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!

Grano and Kennedy to SALT

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Tommy Grano will present “Mental action and event structure in the semantics of ‘try'” at SALT 21 to be held at Rutgers University on May 20 – May 22, 2011. Chris Kennedy is also one of the invited speakers.