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Week of January 17, 2017

Spring Semester 2017

Classes for the Spring semester begin on Monday, January 23, 2017. The deadline for course registration is Friday, January 27, 2017. Welcome back!

Harvard at LSA 2017

The following talks and posters featured Harvard presenters at the 2017 annual meeting of the LSA that took place in Austin, Texas, January 5-8.

Week of December 12, 2016

Exam Period

The Fall semester is winding down as exams started Friday, December 10. The final day of exams is Tuesday, December 20. Winter break begins on Wednesday, December 21.

Lena at CUNY

Lena Borise and Maria Polinsky gave a talk entitled "Information structure without cartography: Evidence from Georgian" at CUNY Linguistics Colloquium on December 8th.

Isabelle at Going Romance

Isabelle Charnavel presented her work "Point of view on Causal Clauses: the case of French parce que and puisque" at Going Romance 2016, a conference that took place at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, in Frankfurt am Main, December 8-10.

Week of November 28, 2016

Senior Faculty Syntax Opening

The Department of Linguistics at Harvard University seeks to make a tenured appointment at the rank of Professor in the area of syntax. Details may be found here. Please contact Cheryl Murphy for more details.

Welcome Concentrators!

The linguistics department is happy to welcome the following thirteen new concentrators to the department.

Samantha Berman
Anand Bradley
Athena Braun
Gabriel Coonce
Kayla Evans
Patricia Marie Guzman
Rebecca Jarvis
Aidan Langston
Amy Morrisett
Sharanya Pulapura
Christian Savarese
Jad Wehbe
Brian Yu

 Linguistics Circle Workshop 

Alan Yu (University of Chicago)
Reconceptualizing phonologization
Thursday, December 1 | 5:45pm | Sever 106

 LingedIn

Yuyin He
A glimpse of Mandarin Control
Friday, December 2 | 12pm | Boylston 303

Language and Cognition

Dora Mihoc
More evidence of heterogeneity in the class of comparative and superlative numeral modifiers
Tuesday, November 29 | 5:30pm | William James Hall 1305

Week of November 21, 2016

Senior Faculty Syntax Opening

The Department of Linguistics at Harvard University seeks to make a tenured appointment at the rank of Professor in the area of syntax. Details may be found here. Please contact Cheryl Murphy for more details

 GSAS Indo-European and Historical Linguistics Workshop

Rafael Pascual (Harvard University)
Old English Dithematic Names and the Reliability of Sieversian Metrics
Monday, November 21 | 5pm | Boylston 335

Harvard at the Word Order Variation at the Interfaces workshop

Lena Borise presented her work titled "Word Order and Prosody: What Can We Learn from Georgian Focus?" with Maria Polinsky at Word Order Variation at the Interfaces, a workshop that took place at Ben Gurion University in Be'er Sheba, Israel, November 13-15.

Isabelle at Rutgers Colloquium

Isabelle Charnavel  presented her work titled "Perspectival Effects in Circumstantial Subordinates" at an invited colloquium talk at Rutgers University on November 18

Jenneke at University of Minnesota

Jenneke van der Wal presented her work titled "The need for an alternative system of Case licensing in Bantu" at an invited talk at The University of Minnesota on November 18.

Week of November 14, 2016

Senior Faculty Syntax Opening

The Department of Linguistics at Harvard University seeks to make a tenured appointment at the rank of Professor in the area of syntax. Details may be found here. Please contact Cheryl Murphy for more details

 Language Universals Workshop

Sarah Murray (Cornell)
The Semantics of Evidentials
Friday, November 18 | 3:30pm | Boylston 105

 LingedIn

Lukas Kahl
The Insular Celtic Equative
Friday, November 18 | 12pm | Boylston 303

Harvard at SNEWS

Giuseppe Ricciardi presented his work "The epistemic use of the Italian future morphology" and Laine Stranahan presented her work " Effects of working memory load on contrastive inference" at the 2016 Southern New England Workshop in Semantics (SNEWS) at Brown University on Saturday, November 12.

Week of November 7, 2016

Senior Faculty Syntax Opening

The Department of Linguistics at Harvard University seeks to make a tenured appointment at the rank of Professor in the area of syntax. Details may be found here. Please contact Cheryl Murphy for more details.

 Linguistics Circle Workshop 

Lucas Champollion (NYU)
Two switches in the theory of counterfactuals: A study of truth conditionality and minimal change
Friday, November 11 | 3:30pm | Boylston 105

Begus at MIT Phonology Circle

Gašper Beguš
Unnatural Trends in the Lexicon: Diachrony and Synchrony 
Monday, November 7 | 5pm | MIT 32-D83

Harvard-MIT Fieldwork Group Meeting

Jenneke van der Wal will be talking about eliciting focus and information-structural phenomena, based on her work on Bantu languages. 
Thursday, November 10 | 5pm | Boylston 303

Week of October 31, 2016

Senior Faculty Syntax Opening

The Department of Linguistics at Harvard University seeks to make a tenured appointment at the rank of Professor in the area of syntax. Details may be found here. Please contact Cheryl Murphy for more details.

 GSAS Indo-European and Historical Linguistics Workshop

Benjamin W. Fortson IV (Michigan University)
"An Image of the Evening Star in Darkness" (on Latin nouns with nominative singular in -gō and genitive singular in -ginis)
Friday, November 4 | 3:30pm | Boylston 105

 LingedIn

Lena Borise
Word order and prosody: What can we learn from Georgian focus?
Friday, November 4 | 12pm | Boylston 303 

Beatbox Phonetics

Harry Yeff, an award-winning beatboxer who spoke recently in Lecturer Aleksei Nazarov's "Sounds of Language" (Linguistics 105) course, discusses the value linguistic phonetics has for the art of beatboxing in the Harvard Gazette.

Charnavel at Stony Brook

Assistant Professor Isabelle Charnavel gave two invited talks at Stony Brook University on October 25th and 26th. The first, "Causes for Judges", was given as part of the Frontiers talk series. The second, "Dance your Mind: steps toward a generative theory of dance cognition", was given as part of Stony Brook University's Language, Music and Emotion Research Group's Distinguished Lecture Series.

Week of October 24, 2016

Senior Faculty Syntax Opening

The Department of Linguistics at Harvard University seeks to make a tenured appointment at the rank of Professor in the area of syntax. Details may be found here. Please contact Cheryl Murphy for more details.

 Language Universals Workshop 

Byron Ahn (Princeton)
Deep Universals in Reflexive Syntax
Friday, October 28 | 3:30pm | Boylston 105

 LingedIn

Giuseppe Ricciardi
The non-temporal use of the Italian future morphology
Friday, October 28 | 12pm | Boylston 303

Harvard at AMP

The following talks and posters featured Harvard presenters at the 2016 Annual Meeting of Phonology that took place at USC in Los Angeles, October 21 - 23.

  • Gašper Beguš - "Inherently weighted constraints" (poster)
  • Associate Professor Kevin Ryan - "Stress-modulated quantitative meter" (talk) and "Grammatical factors in Tommo So tone-tune mapping" (talk with Laura McPherson)
  • Lecturer Aleksei Nazarov - "Learning parametric stress without domain-specific mechanisms" (talk with Gaja Jarosz)

Harvard at JK24

Dorothy Ahn presented her poster titled "Demonstratives: Anaphoric or Deictic? Evidence from Japanese and Korean" at The 24th Japanese/Korean Linguistics Conference (JK24), which took place at National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics, in Tokyo, Japan, October 14-16.

Davidson Presents at Toronto

Assistant Professor Kathryn Davidson gave an invited talk titled "Quotation, Classifier Predicates, and a Formal Semantics for Event Demonstrations" at the University of Toronto on October 21.

Week of October 17, 2016

Senior Faculty Syntax Opening

The Department of Linguistics at Harvard University seeks to make a tenured appointment at the rank of Professor in the area of syntax. Details may be found here. Please contact Cheryl Murphy for more details.

 Linguistics Circle Workshop 

Anna Szabolcsi (NYU)
Hybrid Negative Concord, and Quantifier-Internal vs. Clausal Particles
Friday, October 21 | 3:30pm | Boylston 105

Harvard at NELS47

The following talks and posters featured Harvard presenters at the 47th Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society (NELS) that took place at UMass Amherst, October 14 - 16.

  • Isabelle Charnavel - "Icelandic sig: a standard anaphor, after all" (talk with Dominique Sportiche) and "Perspective on Causal Clauses" (poster)
  • Yimei Xiang - "Mentions-some readings of plural-marked questions: Experimental evidence" (talk with Alexandre Cremers)
  • Laura Grestenberger (PhD 2014) - "'Strict' adjacency and voice allomorphy in Classical Greek passives" (poster)
  • Peter Jenks (PhD 2011) - "Case and caselessness in Moro" (poster with Hannah Sande)