Workshop on Sound Change Actuation

April 8th, 2013

The Workshop on Sound Change Actuation, a satellite meeting of CLS, will take place next Wednesday and Thursday (April 17-18). The Wednesday workshop will take place in the South Lounge of the Reynolds Club. The Thursday workshop will take place at the Franke Institute. The full program can be found here:


Cisneros awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

April 1st, 2013

Congratulations to Carlos Cisneros, who has been awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship! His project is titled “Mixtec Wh-words as NPIs and FCIs”. Great job, Carlos!

Yoon joins UT Arlington!

March 26th, 2013

Congratulations to Suwon Yoon (PhD, 2011), who will join the Department of Linguistics & TESOL at UT Arlington this coming Fall as a tenure-track Assistant Professor. Congratulations, Suwon!

Beltrama and Xiang at PLC 37

March 25th, 2013

Andrea Beltrama and Ming Xiang presented “Rescuing exists! An experimental study on island violations and resumptive pronouns in Italian” at the Penn Linguistic Colloquium last weekend. Suwon Yoon (PhD, 2011) also presented “Main Clause Phenomena at the Syntax-Semantics Interface” there!


Bochnak in IJAL

March 11th, 2013

Ryan Bochnak‘s paper, Limited noun incorporation in Washo, co-authored with Alice Rhomieux (née Lemieux, MA 2009), has recently been published in the International Journal of American Linguistics. Congratulations, Ryan and Alice!

Coppess and Singerman received LSA fellowships

March 7th, 2013

Emily Coppess and Adam Singerman have been awarded fellowships by the LSA to attend the upcoming LSA Summer Institute at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. Congratulations!

Arregi named associate editor of Language

March 7th, 2013

Karlos Arregi has been named an associate editor of the flagship journal of the LSA, Language. Congratulations, Karlos!

Conference on Gesture, Sign and Language

March 1st, 2013

We invite you to a conference inaugurating the Center for Gesture, Sign, and Language at the University of Chicago.  The conference, which is jointly sponsored by the Divisions of Social Sciences and Humanities, will be held on March 8-9, 2013, in Breasted Hall in the Oriental Institute (see the attached poster and schedule or the program below). Five speakers will present their work and members of the University community will provide commentaries.  In addition, on Friday, March 8, Flying Words will present an ASL poetry performance also in Breasted, followed by a discussion, and then a reception at the new Logan Center.  The conference is free but we ask that you register at so that we can have enough chairs and coffee; the program is available on our website.  We hope to see you all there! it should be a stimulating beginning to an exciting enterprise.


Susan Goldin-Meadow

Diane Brentari

Anastasia Giannakidou



Sessions: BREASTED HALL, THE ORIENTAL INSTITUTE (1155 E. 58th St., Chicago, IL)


conference is dedicated to David McNeill (Professor Emeritus of Linguistics and Psychology), the founder of the

Committee on Cognition and Communication at the University and former chair of the Department of Psychology.

ASL-English Interpretation is provided at all sessions


9:15-9:30 Opening remarks (Martha Roth, Dean of the Humanities Division) and dedication to David McNeill

Session 1: Michael Silverstein, chair

9:30-10:30 Daniel Casasanto (invited speaker) “Metaphor in the mind and hands”

10:30-10:45 Sian Beilock (respondent)

10:45-11:00 Haun Saussy (respondent)

11:00-11:30 Discussion

Lunch 11:30 – 1:30

Session 2: Arnold Davidson, chair

1:30-2:30 David Kirsh (invited speaker) “Thinking with hands and body”

2:30-2:45 David Levin (respondent)

2:45-3:00 Larry Zbikowski (respondent)

3:00-3:30 Discussion

Break: 3:30-4:00 PM

Session 3

4:00-5:00 Remarks (Tom Rosenbaum, Provost)

4:10-5:10 Peter Cook & Kenny Lerner (Performance: “Flying Words” Project)

5:00-5:30 Discussion


Reception: 6:00-8:00 PM Remarks (Mario Small, Dean of the Social Sciences Division) (Logan Center for the

Arts (915 E. 60th St, Chicago, IL)



Session 4: Jason Riggle, chair

9:00-10:00 John Haviland (invited speaker) “Pathways from gesture to visible grammar: how three deaf

Zinacantec siblings assemble language out of parts of other things”

10:00-10:15 Amy Dahlstrom (respondent)

10:15-10:30 Lenore Grenoble (respondent)

Break 10:30-1045 AM

Session 5: Susan Levine, chair

10:45-11:45 Diane Lillo-Martin (invited speaker) “Sign Language Acquisition by Deaf and Hearing Children”

11:45:12:00 Ming Xiang (respondent)

12:00-12:15 John Lucy (respondent)

12:15-12:45 Discussion

Lunch: 12:45 – 2:30PM

Session 6: John Goldsmith, chair

2:30-3:30 Ted Supalla (invited speaker) “Examining the link between gestural discourse & grammaticalization”

3:30-3:15 Howard Nusbaum (respondent)

3:45-4:00 Alan Yu (respondent)

4:00-4:30 Discussion

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