Spell-Out Blog

Week of February 1, 2016

Spring 2016

Welcome back! As the Spring semester starts, the Department would like to say goodbye to the departing visitors Special Student Guy Williams and Fellow Jovana Gajic. We were fortunate to have you with us during the fall semester! We would also like to welcome Visiting Fellow Stefan Hoefler from University of Vienna. Welcome!

GSAS Indo-European and Historical Linguistics Workshop

Kevin Ryan (Harvard University)
Sanskrit nati: phonetics, morphoprosody, origin, and fate
Monday, February 1 | 5:15pm | Boylston 103

LingedIn

Introducing LingedIn, a series of student talks at the Harvard Linguistics Department, which started unofficially last Fall and will now meet regularly on every other Wednesday. We start with third year Gašper's talk on Tuesday, February 2 (note unusual time). 

Gašper Beguš
Internal reconstruction in historical syntax: Austronesian voice/focus system
Tuesday, February 2 | 5pm | Boylston 303

Liu to National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan

We are excited to share that Chi-Ming Louis Liu (PhD 2014) has accepted a position at National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan. Starting next month, he will be an Assistant Professor at the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. Congratulations, Louis!

Harvard at LSA 2016

The following talks and posters featured Harvard presenters at the 2016 annual meeting of the LSA that took place in Washington, D.C, January 7-10.

  • Laurence B-Violette: Topic-movement and clitic placement in Hittite
  • Zuzanna Fuchs (with Michelle Yuan and Ruth Brillman, MIT): Inuktitut mood-agreement interactions as contextual allomorphy
  • Yujing Huang: Similar but still different: new evidence for tone features
  • Jenny Lee: Derived intransitives are applicatives
  • Yimei Xiang: Deriving the ambiguity of mention-some questions by pre-exhaustifications

Recent graduates:

  • Hazel Pearson (PhD 2012; ZAS) with Tom Roeper, UMass: A methodology for testing for de se/de re ambiguities
  • Lauren Clemens (PhD 2014; U Albany) with Cora Lesure, McGill: Prosodic boundary marking in Ch'ol: acoustic indicators and their applications
  • Jacopo Romoli (PhD 2012; U of Ulster) with Timothy Leffel, UChicago, Alexandre Cremers, École Normale Supérieure, Nicole Gotzner, ZAS: "Not very" adj: vagueness and implicature calculation

Harvard at OCP13

Gašper Beguš presented his work titled "A Natural Origin for Unnatural Gradient Phonotactics" at the 13th Old World Conference in Phonology (OCP), which took place in Budapest, Hungary.

Beguš' article appears in JAOS

Gašper Beguš' paper entitled "A New Rule in Vedic Metrics" has been published in Journal of the American Oriental Society Vol. 135, Issue 3.

Week of December 7, 2015

Happy Holidays!

This is the last Spell-Out issue for the Fall semester. Fall examinations begin this Friday, December 11 and end on Monday, December 21. For more information, please check the 2015-2016 Academic Calendar. Happy Holidays!

Harvard at FDSL 11

Lena Borise presented her work titled "Disyllabic Stress Domain in a Belarusian Dialect" at the 11th European Conference on Formal Description of Slavic Languages (FDSL 11), which took place at the University of Potsdam, in Germany, December 2-4.

Week of November 30, 2015

Last week of class

Fall term Reading Period begins this Friday, December 4. Fall examinations begin next Friday, December 11 and ends on Monday, December 21. For more information, please check the  2015-2016 Academic Calendar.

Harvard Ling Lunch

Monday, November 30 | 1-2pm | Boylston 335

  • 1-1:30pm Jelena Borise: Disyllabic Stress Domain in a Belarusian Dialect
  • 1:30-2pm Pooja Paul: Towards a Parallel Analysis for 'only' and 'even'

GSAS Indo-European and Historical Linguistics Workshop

Alexander Forte (Classics Department, Harvard)
A Neglected Verb of Vision in Ancient Greek
Thursday, December 3 | 5pm | Boylston 335

Linguistics Circle/Universals Workshop 

Claire Bowern (Yale University)
Pama-Nyungan Phylogenetics and Beyond
Friday, December 4 | 4:30pm | Boylston 103

Davidson in Linguistics and Philosophy

Assistant Professor Kathryn Davidson's article entitled "Quotation, demonstration, and iconicity" has been published in Linguistics and Philosophy Vol. 38, Issue 6.

Majer's article appears in Scando-Slavica

Marek Majer's article entitled "Russian kotóryj, Czech který, Slovene katę́ri: Vowel Variation in the Reflexes of Proto-Slavic *koterъ(jь) ‘which (of the two)" has been published in Scando-Slavica Vol. 61, Issue 2.

Week of November 16, 2015

SNEWS @ Harvard

Saturday, November 21 | Boylston Hall, Harvard Yard

This year's Southern New England Workshop in Semantics (SNEWS) is taking place at Harvard this Saturday, November 21. For more information, please check the workshop program.

Welcome, Class of 2018!

The Department is delighted to welcome the following Class of '18 members as the new concentrators in Linguistics: 

  • Anna Alsop
  • Timothy Doner
  • Maya Grimes
  • Jennifer Hu
  • Ryan Lawton
  • Beckett Mullen
  • Jerry Nelluvelil
  • Brian Rolincik
  • Rachel Silverstein

Week of November 9, 2015

GSAS Indo-European and Historical Linguistics Workshop

José Luis García Ramón (Universität zu Köln)
Seminar: A Linguistic Continuum in Post-Mycenaean Central Greece: Dialects in Contact and Phylogeny
Monday, November 9 | 5-7pm | Boylston 237

Lecture: Greek Onomastics, Phraseology and Indo-European Poetic Language: From the Files of a New Edition of Bechtel's Die historischen Personennamen des Griechischen
Tuesday, November 10 | 6-8pm | Barker 114

Language Universals Workshop 

Colin Wilson (Johns Hopkins)
An articulatory-phonetic account of vowel epenthesis into nonnative consonant clusters
Friday, November 13 | 4:00pm | Boylston 335

SNEWS @ Harvard

This year's Southern New England Workshop in Semantics (SNEWS), an annual graduate student conference that brings together presenters from Harvard, MIT, Brown, Yale, UMass and UConn, will take place at Harvard on Saturday, November 21. The program of the workshop can be found below. Please RSVP by filling out this form.

Week of October 26, 2015

Linguistics Department Fall Open House
(Photo by Edwin Tsai)

Linguistics Circle Workshop 

Juliette Blevins (CUNY)
Advances in Proto-Basque Reconstruction and The Proto-Indo-European-Euskara Hypothesis
Friday, October 30 | 4:30pm | Boylston 103

Harvard at WeCIEC27

The following talks and posters featured Harvard presenters at the 27th Annual UCLA Indo-European Conference (WeCIEC) that took place at UCLA, October 23-24.

Week of October 19, 2015

GSAS Indo-European and Historical Linguistics Workshop

Alexander Nikolaev (Boston University)
Studies in Anatolian Etymology
Monday, October 19 | 5:30pm | Boylston 103

Linguistics Department Open House

The Linguistics Department Fall Open House for prospective concentrators will take place this Wednesday, October 21, in Boylston 3rd floor lounge, at 5:15pm. Please check the poster for more information:

Harvard at NELS46

The following talks and posters featured Harvard presenters at the 46th annual meeting of the North East Linguistics Society which took place at Concordia University, Montréal, Québec, October 16-18:

SNEWS 2015 @ Harvard

Saturday, November 21 | Boylston Hall 105

Harvard will be hosting this year's meeting of SNEWS (Southern New England Workshop in Semantics)SNEWS is a graduate student workshop having as its focus research in the field of semantics. It brings together graduate students in Linguistics from 6 schools - Brown, MIT, UConn, UMass, Yale, and Harvard. Its main desiderata are: (i) to give graduate students in Linguistics an opportunity to get feedback and gain presentation experience in an informal way before they are accepted at strong peer-reviewed conferences; and (ii) to give participants an opportunity to meet their peers from other universities, both personally and professionally - something that has led to lasting friendships and fruitful collaborations in the past.

Week of October 12, 2015

Harvard Working Papers in Linguistics 13

The Department is excited to announce that the 13th volume of Harvard Working Papers in Linguistics (HWPL), edited by Andreea Nicolae (PhD 2013) and Gregory Scontras (PhD 2014), has now been published. The new issue is available here. Congratulations to all the contributors!

Scontras, Fuchs, and Polinsky appear in Frontiers in Psychology

The paper "Heritage Language and Linguistic Theory" co-authored by Greg Scontras (PhD 2014), Zuzanna Fuchsand Professor Maria Polinsky has been published in Volume 6 of Frontiers in Psychology.

Polyglot Hour

Wednesday, October 14 | 6:30 -8:30pm | Queen’s Head Pub (underneath Annenberg)

Harvard Linguistic Department is hosting its second annual undergraduate Polyglot Hour! Polyglot Hour will be time for anyone to come and meet other people who speak the language(s) they do in a casual setting. Please check the Facebook Event Page for more information.

Linguistics Department Fall Open House

The Linguistics Department Fall Open House for prospective concentrators will take place on Wednesday, October 21 from 5:15 to 7:00pm. Please check the event poster for more information.

Week of October 5, 2015

Linguistics Circle Workshop 

Ian Roberts (University of Cambridge) 
A Parameter Hierarchy for Passives
Joint work with Michelle Sheehan
Friday, October 9 | 4pm | Boylston 103

Polyglot Hour

Wednesday, October 14 | 6:30 -8:30pm | Queen’s Head Pub (underneath Annenberg)

Harvard Linguistic Department is hosting its second annual undergraduate Polyglot Hour! Polyglot Hour will be time for anyone to come and meet other people who speak the language(s) they do in a casual setting. Please check the Harvard Linguistics Facebook page for updates.

Linguistics Department Fall Open House

The Linguistics Department Fall Open House for prospective concentrators will take place on Wednesday, October 21 from 5:15 to 7:00pm. Please check the event poster for more information.