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Beltrama and Xiang at PLC 37

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Andrea Beltrama and Ming Xiang presented “Rescuing exists! An experimental study on island violations and resumptive pronouns in Italian” at the Penn Linguistic Colloquium last weekend. Suwon Yoon (PhD, 2011) also presented “Main Clause Phenomena at the Syntax-Semantics Interface” there!


Conference on Gesture, Sign and Language

Friday, March 1st, 2013

We invite you to a conference inaugurating the Center for Gesture, Sign, and Language at the University of Chicago.  The conference, which is jointly sponsored by the Divisions of Social Sciences and Humanities, will be held on March 8-9, 2013, in Breasted Hall in the Oriental Institute (see the attached poster and schedule or the program below). Five speakers will present their work and members of the University community will provide commentaries.  In addition, on Friday, March 8, Flying Words will present an ASL poetry performance also in Breasted, followed by a discussion, and then a reception at the new Logan Center.  The conference is free but we ask that you register at so that we can have enough chairs and coffee; the program is available on our website.  We hope to see you all there! it should be a stimulating beginning to an exciting enterprise.


Susan Goldin-Meadow

Diane Brentari

Anastasia Giannakidou



Sessions: BREASTED HALL, THE ORIENTAL INSTITUTE (1155 E. 58th St., Chicago, IL)


conference is dedicated to David McNeill (Professor Emeritus of Linguistics and Psychology), the founder of the

Committee on Cognition and Communication at the University and former chair of the Department of Psychology.

ASL-English Interpretation is provided at all sessions


9:15-9:30 Opening remarks (Martha Roth, Dean of the Humanities Division) and dedication to David McNeill

Session 1: Michael Silverstein, chair

9:30-10:30 Daniel Casasanto (invited speaker) “Metaphor in the mind and hands”

10:30-10:45 Sian Beilock (respondent)

10:45-11:00 Haun Saussy (respondent)

11:00-11:30 Discussion

Lunch 11:30 – 1:30

Session 2: Arnold Davidson, chair

1:30-2:30 David Kirsh (invited speaker) “Thinking with hands and body”

2:30-2:45 David Levin (respondent)

2:45-3:00 Larry Zbikowski (respondent)

3:00-3:30 Discussion

Break: 3:30-4:00 PM

Session 3

4:00-5:00 Remarks (Tom Rosenbaum, Provost)

4:10-5:10 Peter Cook & Kenny Lerner (Performance: “Flying Words” Project)

5:00-5:30 Discussion


Reception: 6:00-8:00 PM Remarks (Mario Small, Dean of the Social Sciences Division) (Logan Center for the

Arts (915 E. 60th St, Chicago, IL)



Session 4: Jason Riggle, chair

9:00-10:00 John Haviland (invited speaker) “Pathways from gesture to visible grammar: how three deaf

Zinacantec siblings assemble language out of parts of other things”

10:00-10:15 Amy Dahlstrom (respondent)

10:15-10:30 Lenore Grenoble (respondent)

Break 10:30-1045 AM

Session 5: Susan Levine, chair

10:45-11:45 Diane Lillo-Martin (invited speaker) “Sign Language Acquisition by Deaf and Hearing Children”

11:45:12:00 Ming Xiang (respondent)

12:00-12:15 John Lucy (respondent)

12:15-12:45 Discussion

Lunch: 12:45 – 2:30PM

Session 6: John Goldsmith, chair

2:30-3:30 Ted Supalla (invited speaker) “Examining the link between gestural discourse & grammaticalization”

3:30-3:15 Howard Nusbaum (respondent)

3:45-4:00 Alan Yu (respondent)

4:00-4:30 Discussion

Baglini and Francez at WCCFL 31

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Rebekah Baglini and Itamar Francez presented at WCCFL 31 recently:

  • Rebekah Baglini. Deriving target and resultant states
  • Rebekah Baglini and Itamar Francez. The implications of managing

Our alum, Mitcho Erlewine (B.A./M.A. 2007) was there as well!


Chicagoans head to BLS

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Several Chicago linguists are presenting at the 39th annual meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society. Congratulations to all!

  • Dorothea Hoffmann: Mapping words and mapping worlds: Frames of Reference in MalakMalak
  • Martina Martinovic: The topic-comment structure in copular sentences: evidence from Wolof
  • Chieu Nguyen: Quantification in the left periphery: the duality of universal quantification and contrastive focus in Vietnamese
  • Seyda Özçalıskan & Susan Goldin- Meadow: How speaking shapes the native language of gesture in describing motion

Chicago Linguists heading to LSA in Boston

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

The University of Chicago has another great showing at the annual meeting of the LSA (Boston) this year! The following papers were presented:

  • Bert Vaux, Neil Myler, and Karlos Arregi: Number marking in Western Armenian: a non-argument for outwardly-sensitive phonologically conditioned allomorphy
  • Rebekah Baglini: The lexical semantics of derived states  (Poster)
  • Rebekah Baglini, Lenore Grenoble, and Martina Martinovic: Wild sounds: extragrammatical communication in Wolof
  • Rebekah Baglini and Itamar Francez: The implications of managing (Poster)
  • Andrea Beltrama: From tall-issimo to game-issimo: subjectification and intensification in diachrony
  • Iris Berent and Diane Brentari: Amodal aspects of linguistic design
  • Sam Bowman (B.A. 2010): Seto vowel harmony and neutral vowels  (Poster)
  • Shira Calamaro (B.A. 2009): Computing general rules over unnatural classes
  • Matthew Carlson and Morgan Sonderegger (Ph.D. 2012): The impact of phonological network structure on children’s word learning: A survival analysis
  • Mitcho Erlewine (B.A./M.A. 2007): Domain Readings of Japanese Head Internal Relative Clauses (Poster)
  • Mitcho Erlewine (B.A./M.A. 2007): Locality restrictions on syntactic extraction: the case (but not Case) of Kaqchikel Agent Focus
  • Mitcho Erlewine (B.A./M.A. 2007) and Kotek Hadas: Intervention effects and covert pied-piping in English multiple questions (Poster)
  • Lelia Glass (B.A. 2011): Deriving Indiretness for Epistemic MUST
  • Pete Klecha: Modifiers of Modal Auxiliaries and Scalar Modality (Poster)
  • Jackson Lee: NP ellipsis may not be licensed non-locally (Poster)
  • Chieu Nguyen: Left dislocation in Vietnamese universal quantification and contrastive focus
  • Mike Pham: Class(ifier) mobility: emergence of classifiers from compounds
  • John Sylak (B.A. 2008): The Phonetic Properties of Voiced Stops Descended from Nasals in Ditidaht
  • Jason Riggle and Eric Hallman: Identifying individual style and style shifting on reality television with maximum entropy models
  • Alan Yu and Ian Calloway: Coarticulation is mediated by “autistic traits” in neurotypicals