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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 March 23, 2015

Job Talk: Salvador Mascarenhas

Salvador Mascarenhas (University of Oxford, St. Catherine’s College)
Illusory Inferences: Reasoning and Interpretation
Monday, March 23 | 4pm-6pm | Boylston Hall Fong Auditorium
Reception in the Department of Linguistics immediately following the talk.

Polinsky Lab Meeting 

Ekaterina Kravtchenko
Predictability affects syntactic production: Evidence from subject omission in Russian
Wednesday, March 25 | 5:15pm | 2 Arrow Street (4th floor)

Linguistics Circle Workshop 

Jon Gajewski (University of Connecticut)
The representation of degree in American Sign Language
Friday, March 27 | 4:30pm | Sever Hall 208

Harvard at PLC39

The following talks featured Harvard presenters at the 39th Annual Penn Linguistics Conference that took place at the University of Pennsylvania, March 20-22, 2015.

  • Dorothy Ahn: A New Account for too and either
  • Laurence B-Violette: Obviating the Disjoint Reference Effect in French
  • Jenny Lee: Root Alternation and Verbal Plurality in Ranmo
  • Yimei Xiang: Multiple Exhaustifications and Multiple Scalar Items

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