Welcome to the Harvard Department of Linguistics

The Department of Linguistics is home to one of the oldest and most distinguished linguistics programs in the United States. The Department emphasizes the inseparability of theoretical and empirical work, and the interrelatedness of diachronic and synchronic approaches to the study of language. Much of the strength of Linguistics at Harvard derives from the unique range and depth of the University's offerings in related disciplines, especially ancient and modern languages, and the growing Mind/Brain/Behavior Initiative.

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Spell-Out Blog

Week of September 22, 2014

Polinsky Lab Meeting 

Brad Larson (Harvard University)
Coordinated Wh-Questions
Wednesday, September 24 | 5:15pm | 2 Arrow Street (4th floor conference room)

GSAS Indo-European and Historical Linguistics Workshop:

Alexander Forte and Caley Smith (Harvard University)
Stylistics and the Question of Authorship in Early Poetry
Friday, September 26 | 4:30pm | Boylston 103

Language Universals Workshop Fall 2014

Oct 9 - Dan Lassiter (Stanford)
Nov 10: Larry Hyman (Berkeley)

Harvard at Sinn und Bedeutung 19

Two students represented Harvard at the 19th Sinn und Bedeutung (SuB19) that took place at the Georg August University at Göttingen, Germany, September 15-17:

  • Dorothy Ahn: 'The semantics of additive either'
  • Yimei Xiang: 'A Grammatical View of Exhaustification with Focus Movement: Evidence from NPI'

Harvard at Questions in Discourse

Andreea Nicolae (PhD 2013) and Yimei Xiang gave invited talks at the Questions in Discourse conference that took place at the University of Göttingen, Germany, September 18-20:

  • Andreea Nicolae: 'Exhaustivity and NPI Licensing in Wh-Questions'
  • Yimei Xiang: 'A Semantic Approach to the Distribution of Mention-Some Questions'

Nicolae and Tsai Win Teaching Award

Andreea Nicolae (PhD 2013) and Edwin Tsai have won Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching from the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning.

  • Andreea Nicolae: Ling 205 "Syntax Semantics Interface"
  • Edwin Tsai: Ling 241 "Practicum in Linguistics" (TF)

Congratulations!

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