Archive for the ‘faculty’ Category

Kennedy won teaching award

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015
A big congratulations to our beloved chair, Chris Kennedy, who has been selected as a winner of the Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentoring. The award will be presented to Chris at the Spring Quarter Convocation on Saturday, June 13, 2015, during the Humanities Division’s diploma and hooding ceremony. Congratulations, Chris! Well-deserved!


Article: Why does Africa have so many languages?

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Check out this new Christian Science Monitor article, “Why does Africa have so many languages?”.  Our own Professor Salikoko Mufwene was interviewed to provide his expertise on the matter.

Prof. Giannakidou Announced as 10th Annual PLA Symposium Keynote Speaker

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

The Purdue Linguistics Association will be hosting its 10th Annual Symposium on April 10th and 11th. They are a regional symposium that highlights the work of exceptional undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate linguists. In addition to presentations from students representing a diversity of research topics in linguistics, they will have a special session titled ‘Scalar and Non-scalar Negative Polarity Items: Prosody, Syntax, and Semantics’ presented by Dr. Anastasia Giannakidou of the University of Chicago. Please visit their website [] for a detailed program.

Please feel free to email with any questions.

Dates: April 10th – 11th
Location: Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 239, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

HSA Lecture Series: Greek Language and Bilingualism

Monday, March 30th, 2015

Professor Anastasia Giannakidou will be giving a lecture on Greek language and bilingualism on Wednesday, April 1st, 6:00pm in Harper 140.  Please refer to the Greek Biligualism Lecture Ad for more details.

Chicagoans head to LSA!

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Several Chicago linguists are presenting at the 89th annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America in Portland, Oregon. Congratulations to all!

  • Asia Pietraszko “Discourse configurationality and agreement in Ndebele”
  • Emily Hanink “The `Missing-P’ Phenomenon in German: Free Relatives are Super Light-headed”
  • Alan Yu, Daniel Chen, Katie Franich, Yosh Halberstam, Jacob Phillips, & Betsy Pillion “The peril of sounding manly: A look at vocal characteristics of lawyers before the United States Supreme Court”
  • Stephen Matthews & Jackson Lee “The representation of Cantonese tone: evidence from music”
  • Julian Grove “Kinds and Monotonicity”
  • Gallagher Flinn “Model Fit for Cross-linguistic Asymmetries in NP-Modifier Order”
  • Peter Klecha (PhD ‘14) & Martina Martinovic “Exhaustive Identification is Predication”
  • Natasha Abner, Kensy Cooperrider, & Susan Goldin-Meadow “Creating Meaning in the Palm of Your Hand”
  • Lilia Rissman & Susan Goldin-Meadow “Morphological & lexical markers of causation in the gestures of a child homesigner”
  • Diane Rak “Phonological relations affecting phonetic productions in English-Spanish code-switching”
  • Dorothea Hoffmann “Serialization in complex predicates in MalakMalak”
  • Andrea Beltrama “A “totally awesome” trajectory. Modeling the emergence of speaker-oriented meaning.”
  • Mike Phạm & Jackson Lee “Combining successor and predecessor frequencies to model truncation in Brazilian Portuguese”
  • Natasha Abner, Savithry Namboodiripad, Elizabet Spaepen, & Susan Goldin-Meadow “Morphology in Child Homesign: Evidence from Number Marking”


Some Chicago linguists will also participate in the sister society meetings, which meet concurrently with the LSA:

Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics

  • Dorothea Hoffmann “Asymmetrical serial verb constructions in Kriol of Northern Australia”

Society for the Study of Indigenous Languages of the Americas

  • Lenore Grenoble & Hilary Head McMahan “Navigating the Arctic landscape: The language of place in Kalaallisut”
  • Amy Dahlstrom “Obviation and information structure in Meskwaki”
  • Cherry Meyer “Word order and information structure in Ojibwe”
  • Lenore Grenoble: Panel Chair for Otomanguean, Chocó, and Mayan
  • Adam Singerman “Negation as nominal-to-nominal derivation in Tupari”
  • Carlos Cisneros “Two analyses of floating numerals in Guaymí”