Congratulations to Tamara Vardomskaya

October 8th, 2015

Congratulations to Tamara Vardomskaya who successfully defended her dissertation proposal “Subjectivity and Shared Evidence” on October 7, 2015, and has now advanced to candidacy.

UChicago at SSILA

October 5th, 2015

There are a number of UChicago connections at the concurrent meeting of SSILA (Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas):

1. “Information structure conditioned word order in Potawatomi” by Robert Lewis
2. ” On the pragmatic relationship indexed by Long Distance Agreement in Meskwaki” by Amy Dahlstrom
3. “A preliminary study on accentuation in Hidatsa” by John Boyle (PhD alum 2008) et al.
4. “Perfect ‘status’ and its relationship to morphosyntax in Kaqchikel” by Raina Heaton & Judith Maxwell (PhD alum 1982)
5.  Special session in memory of Emmon Bach (UChicago PhD in Germanic, 1959)
6.  Introduction to the Emmon Bach session by Barbara Partee, (UChicago honorary degree, 2014)

Full SSILA schedule here:

UChicago at LSA 2016

October 5th, 2015

The program for the 2016 LSA annual meeting is out and it looks like UChicago will have another strong showing at the upcoming annual meeting! The list of presentations is given below (presentation info for the meetings of the sister societies and other symposiums are not  yet available).

  1. “Decomposing complex relations between phonological maps” by Eric Bakovic, Lev Blumenfeld, Jeff Heinz, and Jason Riggle
  2. “Strictly speaking, precisification is not slack regulation” by Andrea Beltrama  and Peter Klecha (PhD alum, ’14)
  3. “Severing the external argument from the aspectual verb” by Thomas Grano (PhD alum, ’10) and Brandon Rhodes
  4. “Conventionalization of the Lexicon in a Family Homesign System” by Laura Horton, Susan Goldin-Meadow, and Diane Brentari 
  5. “Emerging Morphology in Nicaraguan Sign Language Agent and Number Marking” by Laura Horton, Susan Goldin-Meadow, and Diane Brentari 
  6. “Demoting the agent in Nicaraguan Sign Language effects of language input on linguistic structure” by Lilia Rissman, Laura Horton, Diane Brentari, and Susan Goldin-Meadow 
  7. “Prosody-driven extraposition of CPs in Malagasy” by Daniel Edmiston and Eric Potsdam
  8. “Two types of speaker’s ignorance over the epistemic space Referential vagueness marker “inka” vs. epistemic subjunctive marker “nka” in Korean” by Arum Kang (PhD alum, ’15) and Suwon Yoon (PhD alum, ’11)
  9. “Unfortunately, you are bello tall. When bleaching can’t tell the whole story” by Andrea Beltrama 
  10. “’Not very’ Adj Vagueness and implicature calculation” by Timothy Leffel, Alexandre Cremers, Jacopo Romoli, and Nicole Gotzner
  11. “The Semantics of Domain Adverbs” by Thomas Ernst and Timothy Grinsell 
  12. “Differential effects of background knowledge on absolute vs. relative adjective interpretation” by Timothy Leffel, Chris Kennedy, and Ming Xiang
  13. “The syntax of synthetic and periphrastic tenses in Ndebele” by Asia Pietraszko
  14. “Dimensions of (Non)configurationality Argument Structure in Adyghe” by Ksenia Ershova 
  15. “Multi-verb constructions in two languages of Northern Australia” by Dorothea Hoffmann 
  16. “This is, like, a mirative construction! “Like” between uncertainty and surprise” by Andrea Beltrama and Emily Hanink
  17. “When Relative Clause Extraposition is the Right Choice, it’s Easier” by Elaine Francis (PhD alum, 1999) and Laura A Michaelis

Welcome, new students!

September 23rd, 2015

Please join the Linguistics Department in welcoming our incoming cohort:

Daniel Edmiston
Marina Ermolaeva
Emre Hakguder
Yoolim Kim
Yan Ki (Jackie) Lai
Kathryn Montemurro
Brandon Rhodes
Amara Sankhagowit
Michael Tabatowski

Their contact information and areas of interest will be listed on the Linguistics website in the coming days.

Congratulations Martina!

September 10th, 2015

Congratulations to Martina Martinovic, who successfully defended her dissertation entitled “Feature Geometry and Head Spliting: Evidence from the Morphosyntax of the Wolof Clausal Periphery”.