Author Archive

The 2014 cohort

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

 

Jessica Kantarovich graduated with a BA in Linguistics from the University of Chicago in 2012. After a 2-year stint in the thrilling world of call center consulting, she grew tired of “leveraging synergies” and decided to return to the life of the mind. Her academic interests include language contact, variation, and change, and she hopes to one day work on the documentation of an understudied language in contact with Russian (preferably someplace with better weather than Chicago, but let’s face it, it’s probably going to be the far reaches of Siberia). In her free time she enjoys baking pies, crocheting, and reading that one book she started at the beginning of the quarter.

Tran Truong received his bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He was born in Vietnam, which is why he cannot produce non-implosive [b, d], but was raised in Minneapolis, MN, which is why he is always asking people if they ‘wanna come with’. He is primarily interested in morphosyntax, particularly as studied from the framework of Distributed Morphology. Secondary interests include modularity, grammaticalisation, and the Mande languages. Tran manages the all-linguist intramural volleyball team, the Covert Movers (and has his sights set on managing the all-linguist intramural indoor soccer team, the Internal Subjects). His guilty pleasures include Israeli pop music and Clarke’s Diner in Hyde Park.

Orest Xherija was born in Albania and has lived most of his life in Greece. He completed undergraduate studies in the University of Chicago where he graduated with a B.A. in Mathematics. Orest’s research interests revolve around applications of mathematical and computational theories to the formal modeling of structure and meaning in natural languages. Specific topics of interest include negation and negative polarity items, quantification and focus. The languages he wishes to work on are (naturally) Albanian and Modern Greek, Turkish​,​ and Vlach, an endangered language of the Balkans. Orest’s non-academic interests include playing bouzouki (a stringed folk instrument of Greece), playing football (the non-American sort) and listening to folk music of the Balkans and Middle-East.

 

Okrent on Listicle

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Arika Okrent (PhD ’04) on “The listicle as literary form” in the Jan/Feb 14 issue of the University of Chicago Magazine.

Bochnak defended dissertation

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Congratulation to Ryan Bochnak, who has successfully defensed his dissertation, titled “Cross-linguistic variation in the semantics of comparatives” today! Great job, Ryan! The chair of his dissertation committee is Chris Kennedy.

Klecha in Journal of Semantics

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Peter Klecha’s squib, titled  “Diagnosing modality in predictive expressions,” has been accepted for publication in Journal of Semantics! Congrats, Peet!

Rajesh Bhatt Installed as First Linguistics Guru

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Rajesh Bhatt from UMass will be visiting the department from May 12 to May 21 as our first linguistics guru. He will be hanging out in Anastasia’s office (Classics 314E). Please stop by to say hi! If you want to meet with him to discuss your research, please e-mail him <bhatt<AT>linguist.umass.edu> directly to schedule an appointment.