Spell-Out Blog

Week of October 20, 2014

Polinsky Lab Meeting 

Iris Berent (Northeastern University)
The phonological mind
Wednesday, October 22 | 5:15pm | 2 Arrow Street (4th floor conference room)

Linguistics Circle Workshop 

Howard Lasnik (University of Maryland)
Family of Questions: Nuclear or Extended?
Friday, October 24 | 4:30pm | Boylston 104

HGSL Photo Contest

HGSL (Harvard Graduate Students in Linguistics, the graduate student organization of the department) is delighted to announce a photo contest in the Department of Linguistics. Open to undergraduate concentrators, graduate students, visitors, faculty and staff of the Department of Linguistics, this year's contest features the theme of "Summer 2014: Where did the summer take you?". Two winning pictures will be printed as posters, framed and displayed in the department. For detailed submission instructions, please see the Facebook announcement.

Linguistics Department Fall Open House

The Linguistics Department Fall Open House for prospective concentrators will take place on Tuesday, November 4 from 5:15 to 7:00pm (Please note the change of date). Please check the poster for more information.

Assistant Professor Position Announcement

For more information, please visit the academic positions website.

Week of October 13, 2014

Language and Cognition

Aydoğan Yanılmaz (Stony Brook University)
On-line processing of grammatical illusions: Evidence from Turkish NPI licensin
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Tuesday, October 14 | 5:00pm | William James Hall 1050

Polinsky Lab Meeting 

Reading Group 2: Discussion led by Lena Borise and Dora Mihoc
Wednesday, October 15 | 5:15pm | 2 Arrow Street (4th floor conference room)

Linguistics Department Fall Open House

The Linguistics Department Fall Open House for prospective concentrators will take place on Thursday, October 30 from 5:15 to 7:00pm. Please check the poster for more information.

Assistant Professor Position Announcement

For more information, please visit the academic positions website.

Week of October 6, 2014

Polinsky Lab Meeting 

Byron Ahn (Boston University)
Understanding Variation in the Reflexes of Reflexivity
Wednesday, October 8 | 5:15pm | 2 Arrow Street (4th floor conference room)

Language Universals Workshop 

Dan Lassiter (Stanford University)
Epistemic adjectives: Lexical semantics meets the psychology of reasoning
Thursday, Oct. 9 | 5:30pm | Boylston 335

GSAS Indo-European and Historical Linguistics Workshop

Angelo Mercado (Grinnell College)
Complicating the Reconstruction of the Indo-European Metrical System
Friday, October 10 | 4:00pm | Boylston 104

Linguistics Department Fall Open House

The Linguistics Department Fall Open House for prospective concentrators will take place on Thursday, October 30 from 5:15 to 7:00pm. Please check the poster for more information.

Assistant Professor Position Announcement

For more information, please visit the academic positions website.

Week of September 29, 2014

Polinsky Lab Meeting 

Reading Group 1: Discussion led by Zuzanna Fuchs
Wednesday, October 1 | 5:15pm | 2 Arrow Street (4th floor conference room)

GSAS Indo-European and Historical Linguistics Workshop:

Marek Majer (Harvard University)
Thoughts on Indo-European *penkʷero- and Similar Forms
Friday, October 3 | 4:30pm | Boylston 104

Harvard at TEAL-9

Two students represented Harvard at the 9th International Workshop on Theoretical East Asian Linguistics (TEAL-9), which took place at the University of Nantes, France, September 25-26, 2014.

  • Edwin Tsai: 'Decomposing Mandarin dou-quantification: An exhaustivity account'
  • Yimei Xiang: 'Obligatory Neg-raising in Mandarin: Negatives and Aspects'

Week of September 22, 2014

Polinsky Lab Meeting 

Brad Larson (Harvard University)
Coordinated Wh-Questions
Wednesday, September 24 | 5:15pm | 2 Arrow Street (4th floor conference room)

GSAS Indo-European and Historical Linguistics Workshop:

Alexander Forte and Caley Smith (Harvard University)
Stylistics and the Question of Authorship in Early Poetry
Friday, September 26 | 4:30pm | Boylston 103

Language Universals Workshop Fall 2014

Oct 9 - Dan Lassiter (Stanford)
Nov 10: Larry Hyman (Berkeley)

Harvard at Sinn und Bedeutung 19

Two students represented Harvard at the 19th Sinn und Bedeutung (SuB19) that took place at the Georg August University at Göttingen, Germany, September 15-17:

  • Dorothy Ahn: 'The semantics of additive either'
  • Yimei Xiang: 'A Grammatical View of Exhaustification with Focus Movement: Evidence from NPI'

Harvard at Questions in Discourse

Andreea Nicolae (PhD 2013) and Yimei Xiang gave invited talks at the Questions in Discourse conference that took place at the University of Göttingen, Germany, September 18-20:

  • Andreea Nicolae: 'Exhaustivity and NPI Licensing in Wh-Questions'
  • Yimei Xiang: 'A Semantic Approach to the Distribution of Mention-Some Questions'

Nicolae and Tsai Win Teaching Award

Andreea Nicolae (PhD 2013) and Edwin Tsai have won Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching from the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning.

  • Andreea Nicolae: Ling 205 "Syntax Semantics Interface"
  • Edwin Tsai: Ling 241 "Practicum in Linguistics" (TF)

Congratulations!

Week of September 15, 2014

Department Fall Reception

The Department of Linguistics Fall Reception will take place in Boylston Hall at 5:15pm this Thursday, September 18. All undergraduates, graduates, faculty, and visitors are invited. Please join us in welcoming everyone to Linguistics!

Polinsky Lab Meeting 

Masha Polinsky (Harvard University)
Experimental approaches to ergativity
Wednesday, September 17 | 5:15pm | 2 Arrow Street (4th floor conference room)

Majer appears in Russian Linguistics

Marek Majer's article entitled "The origin of the ‘l-less perfect’ in the Novgorod birchbark documents" has been published in Russian Linguistics Vol. 38, Issue 2.

Harvard Circles Colloquium 2014-2015

(Subject to change)
October 24 - Howard Lasnik
November 14 - Draga Zec
January 30 - Florian Schwarz
March 27 - Jon Gajewski
April 10 - Satoshi Tomioka

Week of september 8, 2014

Fall 2014

Study Card Day is tomorrow (Tuesday, September 9). Completed study cards for all students are due between 9 am and 5 pm. 

Here is a list of seminars being taught this semester:

  • Silent but Meaningful: On Ellipsis
    Ling 204r Topics in Syntax | Liu | Th 1-3
  • Focus: Uniformity or Diversity?
    Ling 205r The Syntax-Semantics Interface | Charnavel | F 1-3
  • Comparative and Historical Morphology of the Greek and Latin Verb
    Ling 221r Workshop in Indo-European | Jasanoff | Th 3-5 

The Department of Linguistics Fall Reception will take place in Boylston Hall at 5:15pm on Thursday, September 18. All undergraduates, graduates, faculty, and visitors are invited. Please join us in welcoming everyone to Linguistics!

Polinsky Lab Meeting

Wednesday, September 10 | 5:15pm | 2 Arrow Street (4th floor)

The first Polinsky Lab meeting of the semester will be this Wednesday. The meeting's agenda includes introductions and mapping out the schedule for the semester.

Harvard at AMLaP

Laine Stranahan presented her work "Effects of Working Memory Load on the Processing of Numerals and Scalar Quantifiers"  (a project with Qingqing Wu, Manizeh Khan, and Jesse Snedeker) at the 20th Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing (AMLaP), which took place at the University of Edinburgh, September 3-6, 2014.

Harvard at SciLAC

Dora Mihoc presented her work "The broader epistemic future" at Commitment phenomena through the study of evidential markers in Romance languages, an international conference which took place at the Institute for Language and Communication Sciences, University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland), Sep 4-5, 2014.

Clemens, Coon, Mateo Pedro, Morgan, Polinsky, and Tandet appear in NLLT

The paper "Ergativity and the complexity of extraction: a view from Mayan" co-authored by Polinsky Lab members Lauren ClemensMaria Polinsky, and Gabrielle Tandet '13 and former lab members Jessica Coon, Pedro Mateo Pedro, and Adam Milton Morgan has been published in the journal Natural Language and Linguistic Theory.

Week of September 1, 2014

Welcome to the Fall 2014 semester!

Classes begin this Tuesday, September 2. Please remember that Study Card Day is Tuesday, September 9. 

If you have news or announcements that you would like to be posted on Spell-Out anytime during the semester, please email us at spelloutblog@gmail.com. Unless you specify otherwise, submissions received by the end of working hours on Friday will be reviewed and posted in the following week's issue.


Students at the G1 Welcome Picnic
Photo by Edwin Tsai

Huang named LSA Fellow

The Harvard Department of Linguistics would like to welcome Prof. C.-T. James Huang back from his sabbatical as we begin the fall 2014 term.

In addition, the Department is excited to share the news that Prof. Huang has been named a Fellow of the Linguistic Society of America. Welcome back, Jim, and congratulations!

Week of August 25, 2014

Welcome G1s!

The Department of Linguistics is pleased to welcome this year's incoming students to the PhD program:

This Year's Visitors

Four visitors will be joining the department this academic year. The Department would like to give a warm welcome to this year's visitors:

  • Professor Birong Huang (Shanghai Ocean University, China)
  • Professor Ling Jiang (Henan University, China)
  • Professor Angelo Mercado (Grinnell College)
  • Hang Wei (Peking University, China)

Fall Events and Deadlines

Wednesday, August 27 is the deadline for all GSAS students including Special Students and Visiting Fellows to register online for the fall term which will begin on Tuesday, September 2. Registration Deadline for all Undergraduate students is Tuesday, September 2. Check the FAS Academic Calendar for more information.

Week of August 11, 2014

Congratulations to the Class of 2014!

Four doctoral students and twelve undergraduates received degrees from the Department of Linguistics this year. The Department would like to congratulate them on their accomplishments and their plans for the future.

  • Katryna Cadle, A.B.
  • Sharon Carlson, A.B.
  • Paul Castrigano, A.B.
  • Martin Cseh, A.B.
  • Miriam Farkas, A.B.
  • Michael Goncalves, A.B.
  • James Hamilton, A.B.
  • Nicholas Longenbaugh, A.B.
  • Christine Maroti, A.B.
  • Allison Ray, A.B.
  • Preston So, A.B.
  • Matthew Williams, A.B.


Left to right: Louis Liu, Lauren Eby Clemens, Andreea Nicolae, Gregory Scontras, Laura Grestenberger.

Congratulations!

Farewell to Departing Visitors

The Department of Linguistics has been fortunate to have the following scholars with us for the 2013-2014 academic year:

  • Professor Andres Enrique-Aries (Universitat de les Illes Balears, Spain)
  • Professor Takeo Kurafuji (Ritzumeikan University, Japan)
  • Professor Ping Liu (South-Central University for Nationalities, China)
  • Professor Thi Thuy Hong Pham (Vietnam National University)
  • Professor Kazue Takeda (Bunkyo University)
  • Manuel Kriz (University of Vienna)
  • Giuseppe Ricciardi (IUSS Center for Ne.T.S., Pavia, Italy)
  • Shalom Kim of (Northeastern University)

Farewell to all of you, and we wish you the best!

Nicolae to ZAS, Germany

College Fellow Andreea Nicolae (PhD 2013) has joined the Center of General Linguistics in Berlin (ZAS) as a post-doctoral fellow, and she will be working with Uli Sauerland on an XPrag.de (experimental pragmatics) project entitled "The Strength of Scalar Inferences".

Charnavel Receives NSF Grant

Assistant Professor Isabelle Charnavel has received a three-year NSF grant for her research project titled "Collaborative Research: Typology and Theory of Anaphora". Congratulations, Isabelle!

Conferences in the summer

Yujing Huang presented her work "Explaining phonological variation: a case study of Mandarin tone sandhi" at MfM22 (Manchester Phonology Meeting 22) which took place in Manchester, UK, May 29-31.

(Jelena) Lena Borise presented her work "How to say “no” to a “no”: polarity reversal in English and Russian" at the 11th WoSSP (Workshop on Syntax, Semantics and Phonology) that took place at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, June 5-6.