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Spell-Out Blog

Week of May 9, 2016

Spring semester ends

The Spring semester final examinations will end on Saturday, May 14. This is the last Spell-Out post of the semester, and the weekly postings will resume in the fall.

LFRG at MIT

Zuzanna Fuchs
Topichood and split DPs in Georgian: movement or base-generation?
Wednesday, May 11 | 1-2pm | 32-D831

Meaning and Modality Lab Meeting

Carina Kauf
The Identity Crisis of ``If X were Y,...'' - Counterfactuals and Counter-Identity
Wednesday, May 11 | 4pm | 2 Arrow St Rm 420

Harvard at SULA 9

Visiting Associate Professor Roberta Pires de Oliveira presented her work with Marcelo Giovannetti (Universidade Federal de Roraima) titled "Bare nouns and object mass nouns in Wapichana (Aruák): Preliminary remarks" at the 9th Semantics of Under-Represented Languages in the Americas (SULA9), which took place at the University of California, Santa Cruz, May 6-8, 2016.

Congratulations, Dr. Xiang!

Congratulations to Yimei Xiang who has successfully defended her dissertation, "Interpreting questions with non-exhaustive answers" on Thursday, May 5, 2016.


Left to right: James Huang, Gennaro Chierchia, Yimei Xiang, and Danny Fox (MIT). [Photo by Edwin Tsai]

Congratulations, Dr. Lee!

Congratulations to Jenny Lee who has successfully defended her dissertation, "Split intransitivity in Ranmo" on Friday, May 6, 2016.


Left to right: Masha Polinsky, Jenny Lee, and James Huang. [Photo by Edwin Tsai]

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