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Week of March 27, 2017

Department Talk

Hamida Demirdache (University of Nantes, France)
"Resumptive Pronouns, Epithets & the Interpretation of Chains" (Abstract)
Friday, March 31 | 4:00pm | Location: Boylston Hall 105 
There will a be reception following the talk.

Upcoming Department Talks, Spring 2017

Susi Wurmbrand (University of Connecticut)
April 7 @ 4:00
Title and location tba

Linguistics Spring Open House

The Spring Open House for potential concentrators is taking place on Wednesday, March 29, from 5pm to 7pm in Boylston Hall (3rd floor). This is a great opportunity to talk to current concentrators, grad students, and faculty, and learn about linguistics. Everyone is welcome!

Open House

Language and Cognition

Pooja Paul
Reimagining the semantics-pragmatics interface
Tuesday, March 28 | 5:30pm | William James Hall 1305

Marek's article appears in Transactions of the Philological Society

Marek Majer's article entitled "The ‘fiver’. Germanic ‘finger’, Balto-Slavic de-numeral adjectives in *-ero- and their Indo-European background" has been published in Transactions of the Philological Society Vol. 115, Issue 2.

Week of March 20, 2017

Department Talk

Jonathan Bobaljik (University of Connecticut)
"On Some Universals? of Case and Agreement" (Abstract)
Friday, March 24 | 4:00pm | Location: Boylston Hall 105 
There will a be reception following the talk.

Upcoming Department Talks, Spring 2017

Hamida Demirdache (University of Nantes, France)
March 31 @ 4:00
Title and location tba

Susi Wurmbrand (University of Connecticut)
April 7 @ 4:00
Title and location tba

 GSAS Indo-European and Historical Linguistics Workshop

Andrew Ollett (Harvard Society of Fellows)
Clausal Complements in Middle Indic
Wednesday, March 22 | 5pm | Boylston 105

Cristina, Lena, and Laine Win Teaching Award

Cristina AggazzottiLena Borise, and Laine Stranahan have won Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching from the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning.

  • Cristina Aggazzotti: Ling 83 "Language, Structure & Cognition" (TF)
  • Lena Borise: Ling 102 "Sentence Structure" (TF)
  • Laine Stranahan: Ling 241r "Practicum in Linguistics" (TF)

Congratulations!

Harvard at GLOW 40

The following talks featured Harvard presenters at Generative Linguistics in the Old World (GLOW) 40 that took place at Leiden University Centre for Linguistics, March 14-18.

  • Zuzanna Fuchs, with Greg Scontras (PhD 2013) and Maria Polinsky (UMD): "Restructuring in heritage grammars"

  • Yimei Xiang: "Composing questions: A hybrid categorial approach"

Yimei at ILLC

Yimei Xiang gave two invited talks at the Institute for Logic, Language, and Computation (ILLC) in Amsterdam on March 17.  The first, titled "Sensitivity to false answers in interpreting questions under attitudes" was at the Inquisitive Semantics seminar. The second, "Composing complex questions: Multi-wh quesitons and questions with quantifiers", was at the Discourse in Philosophy (DIP) Colloquim.

Linguistics Spring Open House

The Spring Open House for potential concentrators is taking place on Wednesday, March 29, from 5pm to 7pm in Boylston Hall (3rd floor). This is a great opportunity to talk to current concentrators, grad students, and faculty, and learn about linguistics. Everyone is welcome!

Week of March 13, 2017

Spring Break Begins

Harvard's Spring Break begins March 13 and ends March 17. Enjoy the break!

Upcoming Department Talks, Spring 2017

Jonathan Bobaljik (University of Connecticut)
March 24 @ 4:00
Boylston Hall 105

Title: On Some Universals? of Case and Agreement

Hamida Demirdache (University of Nantes, France)
March 31 @ 4:00
Title and location tba

Susi Wurmbrand (University of Connecticut)
April 7 @ 4:00
Title and location tba

Linguistics Department Mind, Brain, Behavior (MBB) award announcements

Kate Davidson has recently been awarded a grant from MBB with Co-PI Jesse Snedeker (Psychology) which will support Annemarie Kocab’s post doctoral research on linguistic complexity  in Nicaraguan Sign Language at the M&M Lab next year.

Gennaro Chierchia has received a “small” MBB grant through which he will sponsor a visiting position in the fall for our own alumnus Greg Scontras (UC Irvine) who will co-teach with Gennaro and Stuart Shieber (Harvard Computer Science) a seminar on the linguistic significance of the probabilistic lambda-calculus. 

Congratulations to both Kate and Gennaro!

Week of March 6, 2017

Department Talk

Lisa Cheng (Leiden University, Holland)
"Focusing (on) Wh-subjects" (Abstract)
Friday, March 1o | 4:00pm | Location: Boylston Hall 105 
There will a be reception following the talk.

Upcoming Department Talks, Spring 2017

Jonathan Bobaljik (University of Connecticut)
March 24 @ 4:00
Title and location tba

Hamida Demirdache (University of Nantes, France)
March 31 @ 4:00
Title and location tba

Susi Wurmbrand (University of Connecticut)
April 7 @ 4:00
Title and location tba

Photo Contest Winners

The winners of this year's Linguistics Department photo contest are Becky Jarvis (Concentrator) and Aurore Gonzalez (G3). Their photos are below. Congratulations Becky and Aurore!

Our Lady Before Týn, by Becky Jarvis
Our Lady Before Tyn

Ta Van 1, by Aurore Gonzalez
Ta Van 1

Week of February 27, 2017

Department Talk

Julie Legate (University of Pennsylvania)
"On Passives" (Abstract)
Friday, March 3 | 4:00pm | Location: Boylston Hall 105 
There will a be reception following the talk.

Upcoming Department Talks, Spring 2017

Lisa Cheng (Leiden University, Holland)
March 10 @ 4:00
Title: "Focusing (on) Wh-subjects" - Location: Boylston Hall 105

Jonathan Bobaljik (University of Connecticut)
March 24 @ 4:00
Title and location tba

Hamida Demirdache (University of Nantes, France)
March 31 @ 4:00
Title and location tba

Susi Wurmbrand (University of Connecticut)
April 7 @ 4:00
Title and location tba

 LingedIn

Alex Klapheke
NPI Intervention Across Languages: Experimental Data
Friday, March 3 | 12pm | Boylston 303

Harvard at GLOW in Asia XI

The following talks featured Harvard presenters at GLOW in Asia XI that took place at The National University of Singapore, February 20-22.

Harvard at CSLI Workshop

Laine Stranahan presented her work titled "Contrastive Inference: Speaker Modeling or Implicit Labeling?" (joint work with Dylan Hardenbough and Jesse Snedeker) at the CSLI workshop that took place at Stanford University, in Palo Alto, CA, February 18.

Week of February 20, 2017

Upcoming Department Talks, Spring 2017

Julie Legate (University of Pennsylvania)
March 3 @ 4:00
Title: "On Passives" (Abstract) - Location: Boylston Hall 105

Lisa Cheng (Leiden University, Holland)
March 10 @ 4:00
Title and location tba

Jonathan Bobaljik (University of Connecticut)
March 24 @ 4:00
Title and location tba

Hamida Demirdache (University of Nantes, France)
March 31 @ 4:00
Title and location tba

Susi Wurmbrand (University of Connecticut)
April 7 @ 4:00
Title and location tba

 Language Universals Workshop 

Marie Coppola (UConn) 
Words, language, communication, and interaction: Insights from child and adult homesign systems
Friday, February 24 (Rescheduled from Feb. 10) | 3:30pm | Boylston 105

 LingedIn

Zuzanna Fuchs
Predictive use of grammatical gender: What contribution can heritage speakers make?
Friday, February 24 | 12pm | Boylston 303

Cristina at AAFS 69

Cristina Aggazzotti presented and moderated a half-day workshop titled “Communication strategies to mitigate bias and strengthen scientific foundations in forensic science” at the 69th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences in New Orleans, Louisiana, February 13-18.

Week of February 13, 2017

Upcoming Department Talks, Spring 2017

Julie Legate (University of Pennsylvania)
March 3 @ 3:30
Title and location tba

Lisa Cheng (Leiden University, Holland)
March 10 @ 3:30
Title and location tba

Jonathan Bobaljik (University of Connecticut)
March 24 @ 3:30
Title and location tba

Hamida Demirdache (University of Nantes, France)
March 31 @ 3:30
Title and location tba

Susi Wurmbrand (University of Connecticut)
April 7 @ 3:30
Title and location tba

Language and Cognition

Pritty Patel-Grosz (University of Oslo) (work with Patrick Grosz, Tejaswinee Kelkar and Alexander Jensenius)
Exploring the Semantics of Dance
Tuesday, February 14 | 5:30pm | William James Hall 1305

Week of February 6, 2017

Upcoming Department Talks, Spring 2017

Julie Legate (University of Pennsylvania)
March 3 @ 3:30
Title and location tba

Lisa Cheng (Leiden University, Holland)
March 10 @ 3:30
Title and location tba

Jonathan Bobaljik (University of Connecticut)
March 24 @ 3:30
Title and location tba

Hamida Demirdache (University of Nantes, France)
March 31 @ 3:30
Title and location tba

Susi Wurmbrand (University of Connecticut)
April 7 @ 3:30
Title and location tba

 Language Universals Workshop 

Marie Coppola (UConn)
Words, language, communication, and interaction: Insights from child and adult homesign systems
Friday, February 10 | 3:30pm | Boylston 105 (subject to change)

 LingedIn

Yujing Huang
Re-examining the binding conditions of Mandarin anaphor ziji in the light of inanimacy
Friday, February 10 | 12pm | Boylston 303

Harvard at BLS

The following Harvard presenters were featured at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistic Society (BLS) that took place at UC Berkeley, in Berkeley, California, February 3-5.

  • Laine Stranahan - "Cognitive load impairs semantic and pragmatic processing of scalar quantifiers" with Qingqing Wu and Jesse Snedeker
  • Gašper Beguš - "Gradient Phonotactics against Naturalness"

 

Week of January 30, 2017

Upcoming Department Talks, Spring 2017

Julie Legate (University of Pennsylvania)
March 3 @ 3:30
Title and location tba

Lisa Cheng (Leiden University, Holland)
March 10 @ 3:30
Title and location tba

Jonathan Bobaljik (University of Connecticut)
March 24 @ 3:30
Title and location tba

Hamida Demirdache (University of Nantes, France)
March 31 @ 3:30
Title and location tba

Week of January 23, 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. The list of courses can be found here.

Department Visitors

The Department would like to say goodbye to the departing visiting scholar Amy Rose Deal. We were fortunate to have you with us during the fall semester! We would also like to welcome visiting scholar Hongli Shi from China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing, visiting scholar Chunyan Shao from Shandong University, Jinan, China and special student Louise Skydsbjerg Friis from Copenhagen University. Welcome!

 GSAS Indo-European and Historical Linguistics Workshop

Caley Smith (Harvard University - Department of South Asian Studies)
Using Deixis to Navigate Levels of Narration in the Rigveda
Thursday, January 26 | 5pm | Boylston 335

Jim Publishes Article and Edited Volume

C.-T. James Huang has just published the article "Principles and parameters of Universal Grammar" with Ian Roberts in  The Oxford Handbook of Universal Grammar (Oxford University Press).

As an editor, he has also just published the five volume Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics (Brill) with Rint Sybesma, Wolfgang Behr, Yue-Guo Gu, Zev Handel, and James Myers.