Archive for February, 2010

Dr. Sawada!

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Hearty congratulations to Osamu Sawada, who successfully defended his dissertation, ‘Pragmatic Aspects of Scalar Modifiers,’ this morning.  Well done!

More for Max and Morgan

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

In addition to each presenting at BLS36, Max Bane and Morgan Sonderegger have a couple more talks lined up in the near future.

First, Max will be presenting a longer version of his work on the English dative alternation at the Stanford Phonetics and Phonology Workshop on February 8, as well as a related paper, “Deriving the Structure of Non-Variation in the English Dative,” at WCCFL 28 later in the month, rounding out a nice West Coast jaunt.

Finally, Max and Morgan will be jointly presenting at Northwestern University’s Phonatics workshop on March 9th. The presentation’s (likely) title will be “Longitudinal phonetic variation in a closed system.”

Chicagoans heading for Berkeley this month

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

A number of U.Chicagoans will be giving papers at BLS36 this month (program with abstracts here), on a variety of topics including prosody, syntax, historical phonology and discourse.

Max Bane will be talking on “A Combinatoric Model of Variation in the English Dative Alternation”.

Andrew Dombrowski (Slavic/Ling.) will present his paper, “When is orthography not just orthography? The case of the Novgorod birchbark letters”.

James Slotta (Anthro./Ling.) is slated to present on “Multifunctionality and inalienability: Propositional and discourse functions in Yopno possessive constructions”.

Morgan Sonderegger (Computer Science) will give a paper entitled “Testing for frequency and structural effects in an English stress shift”.

Great to see so many linguists representing so many departments. Good luck, all!

Arum’s QP2

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

As of last week, Arum Kang has defended her second qualifying paper, entitled “On the role of the Accentual Phrase in Korean in semantic interpretation of NP coordination.”  Now on to dissertation mode!

In addition, Arum will be giving a talk based on her QP work, “On the semantic role of the accentual phrase in Korean NP Coordination,” on Friday, February 19 at WCCFL 28, held at the University of Southern California.