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."
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.
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!
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.
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)
Practice talks for BLS Lena Borise: Tagalog sluicing revisited Jenny Lee: Pluractionality 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
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)
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:
Fall examinations begin this Thursday, December 11 and end on Saturday, December 20. Winter break begins on Sunday, December 21, and the first meeting of Spring 2015 classes is on Monday, January 26, 2015. For more information, please check the 2014-2015 Academic Calendar.
This will be the last Spell-Out issue of the year. The blog will resume its weekly schedule in February, with one or two postings during the break. If you are not a Harvard student and would like to receive weekly Spell-Out announcement emails starting next term, please fill out the Spell-Out Mailing List form. Thanks for a great year, and happy holidays!
From the 2014 HGSL Holiday Party (Photo by Edwin Tsai)
This Wednesdsay, December 3, is the last day of Fall classes. Reading period starts on Thursday, and Fall term examinations will begin on Thursday, December 11. Check the 2014-2015 Academic Calendar for more information.
Polinsky Lab Meeting
Reading Group 4: "Universals in comparative morphology : suppletion, superlatives, and the structure of words" Wednesday, December 3 | 5:15pm | 2 Arrow Street (4th floor conference room)
The Department is excited to share the news that Professor C.-T. James Huang has received the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Linguistic Society of Taiwan "in recognition of [his] distinguished contribution in linguistic research and in sowing seeds of linguistics, inspiring young minds and mentoring promising scholars in Taiwan and elsewhere in the world". He was unable to attend the ceremony, but made a face-time appearance to deliver his speech. Congratulations, Jim!
Graduate Student Workshop 2014
The 4th Annual Harvard Graduate Student Workshop in Linguistics, co-sponsored by the Department of Linguistics and the Harvard Graduate Student Council, took place on Saturday, November 22. Thanks to the hard work of the HGSL committee, the event was a great success with seven presentations and more than 25 students, visitors, and faculty attending.
Lena Borise: Dissecting stress: peculiar developments in a Belarusian dialect
Zuzanna Fuchs: When and where can we use coordinated WH questions?
Yuyin He: Focus and the idiosyncratic copular sentence in Mandarin
Peter Schuelke: Case marking and word order in Roviana
Laine Stranahan & Yujing Huang: Testing the Unaccusative hypothesis: an eye-tracking study
Julia Sturm: The nota accusativi in Classical Armenian
Yimei Xiang: Mention-some and mention-all readings of modalized questions