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Week of November 17, 2014

Polinsky Lab Meeting 

Reading Group 3: "Universals in comparative morphology : suppletion, superlatives, and the structure of words"
Wednesday, November 19 | 5:15pm | 2 Arrow Street (4th floor conference room)

GSAS Indo-European and Historical Linguistics Workshop

Andrés Enrique-Arias (University of the Balearic Islands)
On the Origin of si as an Interrogative Particle in Old Spanish
Friday, November 21 | 4:30pm | Boylston 104

Language Universals Workshop 

Andrew Nevins (University College London)
The Rise and Fall of the L-Shaped Morphome: Diachronic and Experimental Studies
Monday, November 24 | 5:30pm | Boylston 303

Harvard at SNEWS

Two students gave talks at the 2014 Southern New England Workshop in Semantics (SNEWS 2014) which was held at UMass Amherst on Saturday, November 15.

  • Zuzanna Fuchs: Towards a Focus Analysis of Almost Wackernagel Clitics in Wakhi
  • Alex Klapheke: An Alternative Semantics for English Aspectual Particles

Welcome, Class of 2017!

The Department is delighted to welcome the following Class of '17 members as the new concentrators in Linguistics:

  • Isabella Chiu
  • Gabriela Diaz-Quinones
  • Ian Maynor
  • Alice Newkirk
  • Betty Richardson
  • John (Jake) Seaton
  • Andrew Sheeler

HGSL Photo Contest Results

HGSL announced the two winners of the departmental Photo Contest:

  • Edwin Tsai, the author of the picture 'Paradise' (graduate student)
  • Carl Rogers, the author of the picture 'Itchy' (undergraduate student)

The winning pictures will be printed and displayed in the departmental lounge. Congratulations, Edwin and Carl!

Assistant Professor Position Announcement

For more information, please visit the academic positions website.

Week of November 10, 2014

Language Universals Workshop 

Larry Hyman (Berkeley)
Initial Vowel Length in Lulamogi: Cyclity or Globality?
Monday, November 10 | 5:30pm | Boylston 335

Polinsky Lab Meeting 

Neil Myler (Boston University)
A brown-eyed girl: a generative approach to "predicativization"
Wednesday, November 12 | 5:15pm | 2 Arrow Street (4th floor conference room)

GSAS Indo-European and Historical Linguistics Workshop

Anthony Yates (UCLA)
Luwian ‘Indeterminate’ Relative Clauses and their Prehistory
Wednesday, November 12 | 5:00pm | Boylston 105

Ling-Lunch 11/13 - Isabelle Charnavel 

Speaker: Isabelle Charnavel (Harvard)
Date/Time:Thursday, November 13, 12:30-1:45pm
Location: 32-D461

Linguistics Circle Workshop 

Draga Zec (Cornell University)
At the right edge: coda segmentism and coda weight
Friday, November 14 | 4:30pm | Boylston 104

Fall Open House

The Linguistics Department Fall Open House for prospective concentrators, which took place last Tuesday, November 4, was a big success. Here is a photo taken by Edwin Tsai at the event.

Good bye, Helen!

After seven years in the Department of Linguistics, our very own administrative staff Helen Lewis is leaving to accept a new position at Harvard. Beginning November 10, she will be Student Coordinator in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations (NELC). While we all congratulate her on the promotion and wish her the best of luck, she will be painfully missed! Here are some photos from the Good bye lunch that took place last Thursday, November 6.


Left to right: Gennaro Chierchia, Jim Huang, Cheryl Murphy, Helen Lewis, Masha Polinsky, Jay Jasanoff

Harvard graduate students with Helen

Harvard at Pronouns@Tübingen 2

Isabelle Charnavel and Chrissy Zlogar presented their work titled "Exempt Anaphors and Logophoricity in English" at Pronouns, a workshop that took place at the University of Tübingen, in the Brechtbau, November 7.

Assistant Professor Position Announcement

For more information, please visit the academic positions website.

Week of November 3, 2014

Linguistics Department Fall Open House

The Linguistics Department Fall Open House for prospective concentrators will take place this Tuesday, November 4 from 5:30 to 7:00pm (Please note the change of date). Please check the poster for more information.

Polinsky Lab Meeting 

Lyn Tieu (ENS)
Exhaustification in child language: Free choice and embedded questions
Wednesday, November 5 | 5:15pm | 2 Arrow Street (4th floor conference room)

GSAS Indo-European and Historical Linguistics Workshop

Thomas Palaima (University of Texas at Austin)
Mycenaean Kingship Ideology in Its Cultural Context: megaron, thronos, skēptron
Friday, November 7 | 4:00pm | Boylston 105

Harvard at NELS45

The following talks and posters featured Harvard presenters at the 45th Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society (NELS) that took place at MIT, October 31 - November 2.

Assistant Professor Position Announcement

For more information, please visit the academic positions website.

Week of October 27, 2014

Harvard at WeCIEC 2014

Gašper Beguš presented his work "Independent Svarita in External Sandhi" at the 26th Annual UCLA Indo-European Conference, which took place at the University of California, Los Angeles, Oct 24-25.

NELS at MIT this week 

The 45th annual meeting of the North East Linguistic Society will be held at the MIT on October 31 - November 2, 2014. Invited speakers are:

Please visit the conference website for more information.

Ling-Lunch 10/30 - Andreea Nicolae 

Speaker: Andreea Nicolae (Harvard PhD 2013; ZAS Berlin)
Title: Positive polarity and strength of scalar implicatures
Date/Time:Thursday, October 30, 12:30-1:45pm
Location: 32-D461

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 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
g
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