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Spell-Out Blog

Week of April 27, 2015

Spring 2015

The last day of Spring classes is Wednesday, April 29. The semester ends with exciting events at the Department this week:

Linguistics Department Spring Reception
Wednesday, April 29 | 5:15pm to 7:15pm | 3rd floor Boylston
All undergradates, graduates, faculty, and visitors are invited!

Department of Linguistics Visitas Open House
Monday, April 27 | 10:00am-11:30am | Boylston 303
The Department of Linguistics is inviting current and incoming freshmen to our Open House. Join us for breakfast to learn more about linguistics via language games, five-minute lectures, and other entertainments.

Senior Thesis Colloquium
Thursday, April 30 | 3:00pm-5:00pm | Boylston 105
See program for more information.

Whatmough X Lecture

Jonathan D. Bobaljik (University of Connecticut)
Morphological Universals: Comparatives and Beyond 
Monday, April 27 | 4:00-6:00pm | Sever Hall 113

A reception will take place after the talk at the Harvard Faculty Club on Quincy Street.

Thesis Defense

Cheng-Yu (Edwin) Tsai
Toward a Theory of Mandarin Quantification
Tuesday, April 28 | 5pm-7pm | Boylston 303

Refreshments immediately following the defense in the Boylston Hall Lounge

Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Science of Language

Thursday, April 30th | 5:30-7pm | Yenching Auditorium

Panelists:

  • Dr. Jesse Snedeker (Psychology)
  • Dr. Gennaro Chierchia (Linguistics)
  • Dr. Gina Kuperberg (Cognitive Neuroscience)
  • Dr. Meredith Rowe (Education)

Moderator: Dr. Alfonso Caramazza

GSAS Indo-European and Historical Linguistics Workshop

Jeffrey Bourns (Harvard University)
Cyberinfrastructure for Indo-European linguistics
Friday, May 1 | 4:00pm | Boylston 103

Harvard at CLS

The following talks featured Harvard presenters at the 51st annual meeting of Chicago Linguistics Society (CLS 51) that took place on April 23-25.

12th Annual Undergraduate Linguistics Colloquium at Harvard

The 12th Annual Undergraduate Linguistics Colloquium at Harvard took place this past weekend in the Science Center. Some of our own concentrators presented as well as undergraduates from elsewhere in the U.S., Canada, and even Germany. The program can be found here.

Clemens, Coon, Mateo Pedro, Morgan, Polinsky, and Tandet appear in NLLT

The paper "Ergativity and the complexity of extraction: a view from Mayan" co-authored by Polinsky Lab members Lauren ClemensMaria Polinsky, and Gabrielle Tandet '13 and former lab members Jessica CoonPedro Mateo Pedro, and Adam Milton Morgan has been published in Volume 33, Issue 2 (2015) of Natural Language and Linguistic Theory.

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