Archive for February, 2009

Kirby at Southeast Asian language conference

Monday, February 9th, 2009

James Kirby represented Chicago linguistics last week at the UCLA-UC Berkeley Joint Conference on Southeast Asian Studies in sunny Los Angeles. James’s paper, “Spectral cues to voice quality in Vietnamese” (abstract included here) was presented during a phonetics session of the Conference on Languages of Southeast Asia.

What’s Victor Friedman been up to?

Monday, February 9th, 2009

Here is a list of recent activity by Victor Friedman, Professor of Balkan and Slavic linguistics, who is in Skopje this year on Guggenheim & Fulbright-Hays grants:

Invited talks and conference papers (June-December 2008):

  • Evidentiality in the Balkans, Caucasus, and Central Asia, Scuola Normale Superiore, University of Pisa, 16 june 2008.
  • Balkan Slavic Dialectology and Balkan Linguistics: Peripheryas Center. Fourteenth International Congress of Slavists, Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia 10-16 September 2008.
  • Promotion speech for The Konikovo Evangelie Fourteenth International Congress of Slavists, Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia 10-16 September 2008.
  • Evidencijalnost vo makedonskiot jazik [Evidentiality in Macedonian], Macedonian Academy of Arts and Sciences, Skopje,Republic of Macedonia, 8 October 2008.
  • Macedonian Identity in Ottoman Turkey: Views from within and Without, ‘Macedonian Identity through History’, Institute for National History, 60th Anniversary Conference, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia 10-12 October 2008.
  • Evidencijalnost vo bugarskiot, turskiot i albanskiot jazik [Evidentiality in Bulgarian, Turkish, and Albanian], Macedonian Academy of Arts and Sciences, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia,15 October 2008.
  • Evidencijalnost vo megleno-romanskiot i aromanskiot jazik [Evidentiality in Megleno-Romanian and Aromanian], Macedonian Academy of Arts and Sciences, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia, 15 October 2008.
  • Mnogojazičnosta vo Makedonija [Multilingualism in Macedonia], lecture for high school honors students from the Municipality of Ohrid, sponsored by the Ohrid Municipality, Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia 3 November 2008.
  • Shumëgjuhësia në Maqedoni nga pikëpamje historike edhe sot [Albanian:  Multilingualism in Macedonia in History and Today].  Roundtable “Linguistic Difference, from Communication to Tolerance and Solidarity: The Role of Local Administration in the Development of Linguistic Difference.” Institute for Political and Intercultural Studies, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia, 19 November 2008.
  • Kongresi i Manastirit dhe Linguistika Ballkanike [Albanian: The Congress of Manastir and Balkan Linguistics], Conference for the 100th Anniversary of the Congress of Manastir, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia, 20-22 November 2008.
  • Intersections between Linguistic and Ethnomusicological Fieldwork, Conference “From the Field to the Concert”, University of Bologna, Italy 4-7 December 2008.
  • Studime për Gjuhën shqipe dhe gjuhë të tjera balkanike [Studies in Albanian and Other Balkan Languages]; International Symposium Vepra Themeore ne Albanaologji – Çmimi i Albanologjisë 2008, Center for Albanology, Tirana 18-20 December 2008.

Publications – Articles:

  • The Konikovo Evangelarium and Macedonian Identity in the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries. The Konikovo Gospel, ed. by J. Lindstedt, Lj. Spasov, and J. Nuorluoto. Helsinki: Societas Scientiarum Fennica. 2008. 385-391.
  • Balkan Slavic Dialectology and Balkan Linguistics: Periphery as Center. American Contributions to the Fourteenth International Congress of Slavists. ed. by Christina Bethin. Bloomington, IN: Slavica. 2008. 131-148.
  • Entries for Zbigniew Golab and Victor Friedman. Leksikon na stranski makedonisti, ed. by Ivan Dorovski and Emilija Crvenkovska, Skopje: University of Skopje. 2008. 26-28, 117-120.
  • Kulturno-Jazičnite pojavi kaj Ǵorǵi Pulevski (Macedonian: Cultural-linguistic phenomena in the work of Ǵorǵi Pulevski). Thirty-Fourth Annual Symposium on Balkan Linguistics and Literature. Skopje: University of Skopje. 2008. 15-20
We applaud Dr. Friedman for his prolific time abroad!


Monday, February 9th, 2009

We have just received word of two upcoming defenses:

Fang Liu will defend her dissertation on ‘Intonation Systems of Mandarin and English: a Functional Approach’ on Tuesday, February 17, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. in Classics 312 (department lounge).  A draft of Fang’s dissertation, including abstract, can be found here. 

Meanwhile, Osamu Sawada will be defending his dissertation proposal on ‘Pragmatic Aspects of Scalar Modifiers’ this Wednesday, February 11, at 12:00 p.m. in Classics 312. 

Wish them luck!

Today: Ling Lunch in Landahl

Monday, February 9th, 2009

Good news: there is such a thing as a free lunch. The first Ling Lunch of the quarter will take place today, February 9 at noon in the Karen Landahl Center. We will hear from Ryan Bochnak on “Promiscuous modification and the syntax-semantics interface,” and from Jasmin Urban on “A modal approach to open questions.”

This Ling Lunch will be conference-style, with two 20-minute talks with 10-minute Q&As. Both papers (along with several others from Chicago linguists) will be presented at BLS next weekend.

We hope to see many of you there.