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More upcoming conference talks

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

In addition to several BLS talks mentioned below, Chicago researchers will be presenting at a number of other upcoming conferences.

At the upcoming (Feb 11) 16th Workshop on the Structure and Constituency of Languages of the Americas, Ryan Bochnak, Tim Grinsell, and Alan Yu will be presenting “Copula agreement and the stage-level/individual-level distinction in Washo”.

At the 24th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing (March 24-26), hosted at Stanford, Chicagoans will be presenting one talk:

  • A Corpus Study of Socially Mediated Language Change in Voice Onset Time, by Max Bane, Peter Graff and Morgan Sonderegger

and a number of posters:

  • Interacting with non-native speakers induces “good-enough” representation, by Shiri Lev-Ari, Boaz Keysar and Emily Ho
  • Interference “licensing” of NPIs: Pragmatic reasoning and individual differences, by Ming Xiang, Julian Grove and Anastasia Giannakidou
  • Cross-linguistic variations and similarities: an ERP study of Mandarin wh-constructions, by Ming Xiang, Fengqin Liu, Peiyao Chen and Taomei Guo
  • Implications of individual variation in socio-cognitive processing on sound change, by Alan Yu

Finally, this spring (April 22), the 3rd annual meeting of the Illinois Language and Linguistics Society will be held at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Chicagoans Karlos Arregi and Sue Gal are both invited speakers.

UChicago at the LSA

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

The Chicago linguistic community made quite a showing at this year’s recent annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, including talks and posters by:

  • Jason Merchant: Agreement into and out of ellipsis sites
  • Jonathan Keane, Erin Dahlgren, Jason Riggle: Variation in segment duration in ASL fingerspelling
  • Max Bane, Peter Graff (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Morgan Sonderegger: Phonetic convergence among reality television contestants
  • Thomas Grano: Aspect under (and out of) control in Mandarin Chinese
  • Max Bane: How many language types are there?
  • Alan C. L. Yu: Abilities to empathize and systemize influence perceptual compensation:
    Implications for sound change
  • Martina Martinovic: A regression model for tone placement in Neostokavian
  • Christina Weaver: Influences on the production of non-native sequences in Mandarin
  • Itamar Francez (University of Chicago/University of Michigan), Andrew Koontz-Garboden (University of Manchester): Property possession and comparison in Ulwa
  • Jacqueline Bunting: ‘More’ and the Sranantongo gradable predicate
  • Eduardo Rivail Ribeiro: Mapping Tupí loans in Macro-Jê languages
  • Eduardo Rivail Ribeiro: On the inclusion of the Karirí family in the Macro-Jê stock: additional evidence
  • Yaron McNabb: The effect of context on the meaning of intensifiers and gradable adjectives
  • Timothy Grinsell: Russian aspect and the semantics of degree
  • Salikoko S. Mufwene: Creoles and the phylogenetic emergence of language: Myths and facts
  • Amy Dahlstrom: Argument structure of Algonquian AI+O verbs: Thematic roles and morphosyntax
  • Alan C. L. Yu, Ryan Bochnak, Tim Grinsell, Christina Weaver: Some puzzles in pronominal agreement in the Washo copular construction
  • Thomas Wier: Tonkawa prosodic morphology and prosodic rule blocks

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!

Recent conference appearances

Monday, September 20th, 2010

On Saturday, September 4, Chris Kennedy participated in a workshop in Stuttgart on Dynamics in Semantics, Pragmatics and Logic, which was held to honor Professor Hans Kamp on the occasion of his 70th birthday.  His presentation was called “Vagueness and Imprecision: Meaning and Use”.

On Saturday, September 11, Peter Klecha presented his paper “Optional and Obligatory Modal Subordination” at Sinn und Bedeutung 15, which was held at the Universität des Saarlandes in Germany.

Summer conference activities

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

In Taipei later this month, Tommy Grano will be presenting “Explicit comparison to an implicit standard in Mandarin Chinese,” and Chris Kennedy will present “The composition of incremental change,” both at the 12th International Symposium on Chinese Languages and Linguistics.

Morgan Sonderegger and Alan Yu will present “A rational account of perceptual compensation for coarticulation” at the 32nd annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society in Portland, Oregon, in August.

Peter Klecha will present his work on “Optional and Obligatory Modal Subordination” at Sinn und Bedeutung 15 at the Department of German Studies, Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken, Germany in September.

Conferences for Grinsell

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Second-year grad student Tim Grinsell will be presenting at Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics (FASL 19) at the University of Maryland this weekend. His talk will be on “Lithuanian modal comparatives: implications for the syntax and semantics of comparison in Slavic” (abstract here).

You’ll also catch Tim at this year’s Semantics and Philosophy in Europe (SPE3) in Paris at the end of May (if you happen to be in Paris, that is).  Good luck and congrats!

CLS 46 is underway

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

The 46th Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society begins TODAY and runs through Saturday evening (culminating in our world-renowed CLS banquet). A full program can be found here.

U. Chicago participants include two invited speakers, the illustrious John Goldsmith (Main Session) and Jason Riggle (Probabilistic Theories of Grammar), as well as the following presenters:

Eleni Staraki, “On the Temporal Interpretation of Modals – A crosslinguistic comparison”

Max Bane and Morgan Sonderegger with Peter Graff (MIT), “Longitudinal phonetic variation in a closed system”

Elena Castroviejo Miró (postdoc) with Laia Mayol (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), “Evaluative adverbs in questions: a comparison between French and Catalan”

Anastasia Giannakidou and Suwon Yoon, “No NPI licensing in clausal comparatives”

James Kirby, “A probabilistic model of category merger”

Also, a huge thank you to the officers of CLS 46 (Adam Baker, Rebekah Baglini, Tim Grinsell, Jonathan Keane, and Julia Thomas)—best of luck this weekend!

Alan Yu invited to Purdue

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

Alan Yu will be the invited speaker at the Purdue Linguistics Association Student Symposium 2010, held next weekend on at Purdue. The special session for this year’s symposium will focus on language diversity, and in addition to the Saturday paper sessions, there will also be workshops on Friday. Alan will be speaking Saturday on language diversity.