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Spell-Out Blog

Week of April 25, 2016

Reading Period Begins Thursday

The Spring semester is winding down as the final day of classes (Wednesday, April 27) approaches. The Spring Reading Period will begin Thursday, April 28, and lasts through Wednesday, May 4. For more information please check the FAS Academic Calendar.

GSAS Indo-European and Historical Linguistics Workshop

Julia Sturm (Harvard University)
Non-Compositional Preverb + Verb Compounds in the R̥g Veda: Constructions, Idiosyncrasy, and Semantic Change
Monday, April 25 | 5:30pm | Boylston 335

Language and Cognition

Kathryn Davidson
Exercising the language organ: Two studies on the role of early language input
Tuesday, April 26 | 5:30pm | William James Hall 450

Meaning and Modality Lab Meeting

Kathryn Davidson & Ronice Quadros
Blending speech with depicting signs
Wednesday, April 27 | 4pm | 2 Arrow St Rm 420

Senior Thesis Colloquium

Thursday, April 28 | 1:30pm-5pm | Boylston 105

Program

1:30

Opening Remarks (Prof. Kevin Ryan, Head Tutor)

1:40

Lauren Goff

Dropping a Medieval Beat: Text Setting Patterns in the Chansons of Gilles Binchois

2:00

Lauren Boranian

Singin’ in the Brain: Music in Expressive Aphasia Treatment

2:20

Jack Weyen

The origins and development of the English casual slang suffix -s

2:40

Break

2:50

Priyanka Sen

Thematic Role Assignment at the Morphosyntax/Semantics Interface: From Linguistics to Neuropsychology

3:10

Dylan Hardenbergh

Contrastive Inferences Under Cognitive Load

3:30

Carl Rogers

Distinguishing already from perfect aspect: A case study of Chinese yijing

3:50

Break

4:00

Sasha Benov

Variation in Czech: The Use of the Prothetic v in Informal Speech

4:20

Sean Frazzette

DreamWorks Studios Present: A Search for a Gradient of Animacy in Slavic Languages

4:40

Kathy Tran

Rising to One's Potential: Joshi Ryoku and the "Power" of Feminitity in Japan

5:00

Closing Remarks

Spring Reception

This year's Spring reception will be held Thursday April 28 at 5pm on the 3rd floor of Boylston Hall.

Language Universals Workshop 

Laura McPherson (Dartmouth)
The talking xylophone of the Sembla: Seenku phonology in a speech surrogate system
Friday, April 29 | 4pm | Boylston 237

MBB Open Science Conference

The following talks and posters featured Harvard presenters at the Harvard Mind, Brain, and Behavior Open Science Conference held on Thursday, April 21.

  • Dorothy Ahn, "Grammatical Facilitation of Number Word Acquisition"
  • Gašper Beguš, "Why do Vowel Durations Differ Across Phonetic Environments?"
  • Yujing Huang, "On the Mismatch Between Meaning and Form: A Case Study"
  • Pooja Paul, "Syntactic and Pragmatic Factors drive asymmetries in the online processing of ‘only’: evidence from eye-tracking"

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Upcoming Events

2016 May 05

Exams Begin

May 05, 8:00am to May 14, 5:00pm