Archive for September, 2007

Welcome back!

Sunday, September 30th, 2007

After a long summer hiatus, our department news blog is back! As you might have noticed, the name of the news blog has changed. Due to popular demand, what was BLISS is now BLING (Blog in LINGuistics). Please be sure to update your bookmark to reflect the new URL of the site.

New members of the department

Sunday, September 30th, 2007

We welcome many new faces in the department this Autumn. Lenore Grenble, Edward Sapir Professor of Linguistics and Slavic languages, has joined us from Dartmouth. She specializes in Slavic, Tungusic and languages of the North, discourse and conversation analysis, deixis, contact linguistics and language endangerment and revitalization. She is teaching Introduction to Slavic Linguistics this Fall and will offer a seminar on language contact in the Winter quarter. Another addition to our department is our new post-doc, Peter Alrenga. He came to us from UCSC, where he recently defended his dissertation, titled “Comparisons of quality and comparisons of quantity”. He’ll be working with Chris Kennedy for the next two years.

Last but not least, we welcome six new graduate students this year: Michael Bochnak, Peter Klecha, Alice Lemieux, Susan Rizzo, Jasmin Urban, and Christina Weaver. Susan Rizzo will officially start in the Winter quarter as she’s currently on maternity leave.

Grotberg to present at MCWOP at OSU

Sunday, September 30th, 2007

April Grotberg‘s paper “Stress and tone in Macuiltiangus Zapotec” has been accepted for poster presentation at the 13th annual Mid-Continental Workshop on Phonology at the Ohio State University to be held on October 26-28, 2007. Congratulations!

Klecha and Sawada to present at the Midwest Workshop on Semantics

Sunday, September 30th, 2007

Congratulations to Peter Klecha and Osamu Sawada, who will be presenting papers at the Midwest Workshop on Semantics next Saturday, October 6, at Michigan State. This is the second meeting of an annual workshop highlighting grad student work in semantics that Chris Kennedy initiated here at Chicago last fall. Details on the workshop can be found here: