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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

Department Events: Spring 2015

Week of March 16, 2015

Spring Recess March 14-22

Spring Recess began last Saturday, March 14, and will end on Sunday, March 22. Happy Spring Break!

Job Talk: Salvador Mascarenhas

Salvador Mascarenhas (University of Oxford, St. Catherine’s College)
Illusory Inferences: Reasoning and Interpretation
Monday, March 23 | 4pm-6pm | Fong Auditorium (Boylston 1st floor)
Reception in the Department of Linguistics immediately following the talk.

Teaching Award: Fall 2014

Lecturer Patrick Jones, and graduate students Dorothy Ahn, Yujing Huang, Marek Majer, and Chrissy Zlogar have won Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching from the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning for the Fall Semester 2014.

  • Patrick Jones: LING 115 "Phonological Theory I"
  • Dorothy Ahn: LING 112 "Syntactic Theory I" (TF)
  • Yujing Huang LING 241r "Practicum in Linguistics" (TF)
  • Marek Majer: LING 83 "Language, Structure, & Cognition" (TF)
  • Marek Majer: LING 105 "Sounds of Language" (TF)
  • Chrissy Zlogar: LING 106 "Knowledge of Meaning" (TF)
  • Chrissy Zlogar: LING 115 "Phonological Theory I" (TF)

Congratulations!

Week of March 9

Polinsky Lab Meeting 

Brad Larson & Nick Longenbaugh (Harvard)
WCCFL Practice Talk: Subject/Object Parity in Niuean and the Labeling Algorithm
Wednesday, March 11 | 5:15pm | 2 Arrow Street (4th floor)

Harvard at DGfS 2015

Dorothy Ahn presented her joint work with Uli Sauerland (ZAS Berlin; Visiting professor 2012-2013) titled Reversal of Proportional Quantifiers at the 37th Annual Meeting of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft (DGfS), which took place at the University of Leipzig, Germany, March 4-6.

Also at the conference was Andreea Nicolae (ZAS Berlin;PhD 2013), presenting her work titled The positive polarity aspect of weak disjunction.

Dorothy Ahn also presented her work "Additive focus particles too and either" at the Pre-DGfS Workshop which took place at ZAS Berlin, Germany, on March 3.

Job Talk: Heather Burnett

Heather Burnett (Université de Toulouse 2- Jean Jaurès)
Vagueness and Scale Structure in Delineation Semantics
March 13, 2015 | 4pm-6pm | Boylston 103
Reception in the Department of Linguistics immediately following the talk.

Department Events: Spring 2015

  • Spring Open House: April 9
  • ECO5: April 11
  • Thesis Colloquium: April 30
  • Spring Reception: April 30

Week of March 2, 2015

Polinsky Lab Meeting 

Maria Polinsky (Harvard)
Indexical shift in Tsez
Wednesday, March 4 | 5:15pm | 2 Arrow Street (4th floor)

GSAS Indo-European and Historical Linguistics Workshop

Sam Zukoff (MIT)
Repetition Avoidance and the Exceptional Reduplication Patterns of Indo-European
Wednesday, March 4 | 5:00pm | Boylston 303

Festschrift published in honor of Huang 

The Department is proud to announce that Chinese Syntax in a Cross-Linguistic Perspective, edited by Audrey Li, Andrew Simpson, and Wei-Tien Dylan Tsai, has been published in honor of Professor C.-T. James Huang. The collection is described as a "tribute to Professor Huang's lifelong work on the syntax of Chinese and his attempts to demonstrate how the comparative analysis of Chinese reveals important properties of Universal Grammar."

Congratulations, Jim!

New Visitor

The Department would like to welcome Visiting Scholar Jin-e Li of Hubei University, China, who will be joining us this week.

Job Talk: Kathryn Davidson

Kathryn Davidson
Quotation, Classifier Predicates, and a Formal Semantics for Event Demonstrations
March 6, 2015 | 4pm-6pm | Boylston 103
Reception in the Department of Linguistics immediately following the talk.

Week of February 23, 2015

Polinsky Lab Meeting 

Sabine Iatridou (MIT)
Conditionals
Wednesday, February 25 | 5:15pm | 2 Arrow Street (4th floor conference room)

GSAS Indo-European and Historical Linguistics Workshop

Jesse Lundquist (UCLA)
Vedic -ti- Abstracts: History and Prehistory
Wednesday, February 25 | 5:00pm | Boylston 303

Job Talk: Tania Rojas-Esponda

Tania Rojas-Esponda
Discourse particles and focus effects in a question-under-discussion framework
Friday, February 27 | 4:00pm | Boylston 103
Reception in the Department of Linguistics immediately following the talk.

Ott to University of Ottawa

Congratulations to Dennis Ott (PhD 2011), who has accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in syntax at the University of Ottawa, starting in July. Congratulations and best of luck, Dennis!

Week of February 16, 2015

Language and Cognition

Dorothy Ahn
Grammatical Facilitation of Number Acquisition
Tuesday, February 17 | 5:30pm | William James Hall 1050

Polinsky Lab Meeting 

Brad Larson
A long-distance morphosyntax and semantics for comparative clauses
Wednesday, February 18 | 5:15pm | 2 Arrow Street (4th floor conference room)

Charnavel at NYU

Assistant Professor Isabelle Charnavel was invited to present her work titled Point of View on Condition A at the NYU Syntax Brown Bag on Friday, February 13.

Job Talk: Jeremy Kuhn

Jeremy Kuhn
Meaning in Space: Singulars, Plurals, and Functions in American Sign Language
Friday, February 20 | 4pm-6pm | Boylston 103
Reception in the Department of Linguistics immediately following the talk.

Week of February 9, 2015

Classes Cancelled on Monday

Due to snow storm, the University, including the FAS, has suspended all but core operations today, February 9. This is the second time Harvard has suspended operations due to inclement weather in two weeks. According to an article in the Harvard Crimson, "Harvard, however, has rarely closed for inclement weather events in the past. In 1977, former Dean of Students Archie C. Epps III joked that, “Harvard University will close only for an act of God, such as the end of the world.”

Happy snow day!


Photo by Isabelle Charnavel

Polinsky Lab Meeting 

Paper Presentation (Presentation by Dora Milhoc)
Bhatt, Rajesh, and Roumyana Pancheva. "Conditionals." The Blackwell companion to syntax (2006): 638-687.
Wednesday, February 11 | 5:15pm | 2 Arrow Street (4th floor conference room)

Harvard at BLS41

The following talks featured Harvard presenters at the 41st Annual Meeting of Berkeley Linguistics Society (BLS) that took place on Saturday, February 7.

  • Lena Borise: Tagalog sluicing reanalyzed
  • Zuzanna Fuchs: Toward a focus analysis of Almost Wackernagel clitics in Wakhi
  • Tyler Lau: Reevaluating the diphthong mergers in Japono-Ryukyuan
  • Jenny Lee: Pluractionality and the stative vs. eventive contrast in Ranmo

Job Talk: Wataru Uegaki

Wataru Uegaki
Interpreting questions under attitudes
Friday, February 13 | 4pm-6pm | Boylston 103
Reception in the Department of Linguistics immediately following the talk.

Week of February 2, 2015

Polinsky Lab Meeting 

Practice talks for BLS
Lena Borise
Tagalog sluicing revisited
Jenny LeePluractionality and the stative/eventive contrast in Ranmo
Wednesday, February 4 | 5:15pm | 2 Arrow Street (4th floor conference room)

GSAS Indo-European and Historical Linguistics Workshop

Christina Skelton (Harvard University)
Pamphylian: Language and Dialect Contact in Ancient Greek
Friday, February 6 | 4:00pm | Boylston 104

Harvard at OCP12

Two presentations represented Harvard at the 12th Old World Conference in Phonology (OCP12) that took place in Barcelona, January 27-30.

Spring 2015 Visitors

  • Fellow: Siu Pong Cheng (Chinese University of Hong Kong)
  • Special Students: 
    • Teigo Onishi (Kyoto University)
    • Guy Williams (Harvard Extension School)
The Department would like to say goodbye to two of last year's visiting scholars:
  • Angelo Mercado
  • Guitao Jin
It was truly great having you with us at the department!

Week of January 26, 2015

Welcome back!

Today is the first meeting of Spring 2015 classes. Study Card Day is Friday, January 30. For more information, please check the  2014-2015 Academic Calendar

Polinsky Lab Meeting 

Practice talks for BLS
Zuzanna Fuchs
Toward a focus analysis of Almost Wackernagel clitics in Wakhi
Tyler Lau: Reevaluating the diphthong mergers in Japono-Ryukyuan
Wednesday, January 28 | 5:15pm | 2 Arrow Street (4th floor conference room)

Linguistics Circle Workshop 

Florian Schwarz (UPenn) 
Experimental Comparisons of Presuppositions and Implicatures
Friday, January 30 | 4:30pm | Boylston 103

Week of January 12, 2015

Happy New Year!

Harvard at LSA 2015

The 89th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA) took place in Portland, January 8-11, 2015. Prof. C.-T. James Huang was inducted as a Fellow of the Linguistic Society of America on Friday, and the following talks featured Harvard student presenters:


Left to right: Peter Jenks, Sverre Stausland, Michael Becker, Gašper Beguš,
Lauren Eby Clemens, Jenny Lee, Laurence B-Violette, Zuzanna Fuchs, C.-T. James Huang (Not pictured: Brad Larson)