Archive for December, 2008

Two talks this Friday

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

Mark your calendars – the Karen Landahl Center for Linguistics Research will be the site of two exciting linguistics talks this Friday, December 5.

Jeroen van Craenenbroeck (Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel/NYU) will be visiting the department to present some of his recent work. Van Craenenbroeck’s “What does silence look like? On the unpronounced syntax of sluicing,” in part a response to our own Jason Merchant, will be discussed from 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Then at 3:30 p.m., the University of Chicago’s Steven Small (Neurology/Psychology) will be the guest speaker at the latest meeting of the workshop on Language, Cognition, and Computation. The abstract for his presentation, “The Biology of Face-to-Face Communication: Action, Understanding, and Language,” can be found here.


Elsewhere on campus, Neuroscience lab post-doc candidate Kenny Vaden (UC Irvine) will be giving a talk entitled “Adaptation to Phonologically Similar Words in Bilateral Superior Temporal Sulci.” It will be in the Brain Research Imaging Center conference room (Q300) on Friday at 9:00 a.m.

All great ways to finish up the quarter before the long break. We hope many of you can make it!

Publication congratulations . . .

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

. . . are due to two fourth-year Ph.D. students, Osamu Sawada and Jackie Bunting!

Osamu’s manuscript “Pragmatic aspects of implicit comparison: An economy-based approach” was accepted for publication in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Pragmatics.  As department chair Chris Kennedy has expressed, “This is a very impressive achievement indeed — well done, Osamu!”

Meanwhile, Jackie’s manuscript, “‘Give’ and take: How dative gi contributed to the decline of detransitive taki,” has been accepted for publication into the Journal of Pidgin and Creole Linguistics. Nice work!

Grotberg poster display at 2009 AAAS meeting

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

April Grotberg’s poster submission, “Reconstructing protohistorical language contact from non-linguistic data,” was recently accepted for presentation at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

The meeting, which will be held here in Chicago, is scheduled for February 12-16, 2009. Those who are in the area and who will be attending the conference are highly  encouraged to stop by!

Autumn colloquia wrapping up with Alicia Wassink

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

For our final colloquium of 2008, we are delighted to host Alicia Wassink, associate professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Washington, who will be giving a talk on “The Development of Sociolinguistic Competence in Children” this Thursday, December 4, from 3:30-5:00 p.m. in Cobb 201. (See abstract here.)

If you’re sorry to see the last of the Autumn colloquia, fear not! Here are the remaining scheduled talks for the 2008-2009 series, which will resume on January 15:

January 15: Tania Ionin, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

March 5: Keren Rice, University of Toronto

April 2: Adam Albright, MIT

April 30: Teresa Satterfield, University of Michigan,

May 7: Sun-Ah Jun, UCLA

May 14: Nick Fleisher, Wayne State University

May 28: Shigeto Kawahara, Rutgers University