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Week of April 25, 2016

Reading Period Begins Thursday

The Spring semester is winding down as the final day of classes (Wednesday, April 27) approaches. The Spring Reading Period will begin Thursday, April 28, and lasts through Wednesday, May 4. For more information please check the FAS Academic Calendar.

GSAS Indo-European and Historical Linguistics Workshop

Julia Sturm (Harvard University)
Non-Compositional Preverb + Verb Compounds in the R̥g Veda: Constructions, Idiosyncrasy, and Semantic Change
Monday, April 25 | 5:30pm | Boylston 335

Language and Cognition

Kathryn Davidson
Exercising the language organ: Two studies on the role of early language input
Tuesday, April 26 | 5:30pm | William James Hall 450

Meaning and Modality Lab Meeting

Kathryn Davidson & Ronice Quadros
Blending speech with depicting signs
Wednesday, April 27 | 4pm | 2 Arrow St Rm 420

Senior Thesis Colloquium

Thursday, April 28 | 1:30pm-5pm | Boylston 105

Program

1:30

Opening Remarks (Prof. Kevin Ryan, Head Tutor)

1:40

Lauren Goff

Dropping a Medieval Beat: Text Setting Patterns in the Chansons of Gilles Binchois

2:00

Lauren Boranian

Singin’ in the Brain: Music in Expressive Aphasia Treatment

2:20

Jack Weyen

The origins and development of the English casual slang suffix -s

2:40

Break

2:50

Priyanka Sen

Thematic Role Assignment at the Morphosyntax/Semantics Interface: From Linguistics to Neuropsychology

3:10

Dylan Hardenbergh

Contrastive Inferences Under Cognitive Load

3:30

Carl Rogers

Distinguishing already from perfect aspect: A case study of Chinese yijing

3:50

Break

4:00

Sasha Benov

Variation in Czech: The Use of the Prothetic v in Informal Speech

4:20

Sean Frazzette

DreamWorks Studios Present: A Search for a Gradient of Animacy in Slavic Languages

4:40

Kathy Tran

Rising to One's Potential: Joshi Ryoku and the "Power" of Feminitity in Japan

5:00

Closing Remarks

Spring Reception

This year's Spring reception will be held Thursday April 28 at 5pm on the 3rd floor of Boylston Hall.

Language Universals Workshop 

Laura McPherson (Dartmouth)
The talking xylophone of the Sembla: Seenku phonology in a speech surrogate system
Friday, April 29 | 4pm | Boylston 237

MBB Open Science Conference

The following talks and posters featured Harvard presenters at the Harvard Mind, Brain, and Behavior Open Science Conference held on Thursday, April 21.

  • Dorothy Ahn, "Grammatical Facilitation of Number Word Acquisition"
  • Gašper Beguš, "Why do Vowel Durations Differ Across Phonetic Environments?"
  • Yujing Huang, "On the Mismatch Between Meaning and Form: A Case Study"
  • Pooja Paul, "Syntactic and Pragmatic Factors drive asymmetries in the online processing of ‘only’: evidence from eye-tracking"

Week of April 18, 2016

Polyglot Hour

Wednesday, April 20 | 6:30 | Queen's Head Pub

Harvard Linguistic Department is hosting its third 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.

GSAS Indo-European and Historical Linguistics Workshop

Adam Cooper (Northeastern University)
The Typology of PIE Syllabic Sonorants Revisited
Thursday, April 21 | 5pm | Boylston 237

Harvard at ECO5

The following talks featured Harvard presenters at this year's ECO-5 Graduate Student Workshop that took place at MIT on April 16.

  • Lena Borise “Phrase accent L as a focus marker in Georgian” 
  • Gunnar Lund “Object Markers in Northwest Caucasian: Agreement or Clitic Doubling”
  • Tiffany Yang “LF Movement of the Interrogative Disjunction Operator”

Week of April 4, 2016

Linguistics Spring Open House

Monday, April 4 | 5:15pm-7:00pm | Boylston Hall, 3rd Floor

This year's Spring Open House will take place on Monday, April 4, in the department lounge. Students and faculty will be at the event to answer any questions about concentrations, study abroad opportunities, and other research opportunities. Refreshments will be provided. Everyone is very much welcome to attend and mingle!

LingedIn

Yuyin He
The Controlled PRO in Mandarin
Wednesday, April 6 | 5pm | Boylston 303

GSAS Indo-European and Historical Linguistics Workshop

Stefan Höfler (University of Vienna)
“The Mighty Ox” and other Tales from the Land of Indo-European Word Formation
Thursday, April 7 | 5pm | Boylston 237

Davidson at UMass Amherst Colloquium

Kathryn Davidson
Combining imagistic and discrete components in a single proposition: The case of sign language classifier predicates
Friday, April 8 | 3:30pm | ILC N400 (UMass Amherst)

13th Annual Harvard Undergraduate Colloquium

Saturday, April 9 - Sunday, April 10 | Science Center 309

Please find the program here.

XI Annual Whatmough Lecture: Alec Marantz

Linguistics as Cognitive Science: Back to our Roots
Monday, April 11 | 4:00pm-6:00pm | Fong Auditorium, 110 Boylston Hall

The guest lecturer for the XI Annual Joshua and Verona Whatmough Lecture will be Alec Marantz, Silver Professor of Linguistics and Psychology, New York University.

Harvard at LSRL46

The following talks featured Harvard presenters at the 46th Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages (LSRL 46) that took place at Stony Brook University, New York, March 31-April 3.

  • Isabelle Charnavel: Long-distance binding of French reflexive soi (≈‘one(self)’): First-person oriented empathy
  • Aurore Gonzalez & Sophie Moracchini (MIT): A morpho-semantic decomposition of French le moindre into even + superlative

Week of March 21, 2016

LingedIn

Wednesday, March 9 | 5pm | Boylston 303

Julia Sturm
Aggressive Reduplication in Greek: πίμπλημι and πίμπρημι
Practice talk for Second Indo-European Research Colloquium at the Universität Würzburg

Aurore Gonzalez & Sophie Moracchini (MIT)
A morpho-semantic decomposition of French le moindre into even + superlative
Practice talk for 46th Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages (LSRL 46)

Language Universals Workshop 

Shevaun Lewis (Johns Hopkins)
The role of pragmatics in the acquisition of belief reports and speech reports
Friday, March 25 | 4pm | Boylston 104

Congratulations, thesis writers!

All of our eight thesis-writing seniors have submitted their theses successfully. On Friday, March 11, the students gathered in the Department lounge for a mini celebration. Congratulations!

  • Sasha Benov: Variation in Czech: The Use of the Prothetic v in Informal Speech
  • Lauren Boranian: Singin’ in the Brain: Music in Expressive Aphasia Treatment
  • Sean Frazzette: DreamWorks Studios Present: A Search for a Gradient of Animacy in Slavic Languages
  • Lauren Goff: Dropping a Medieval Beat: Text Setting Patterns in the Chansons of Gilles Binchois
  • Dylan Hardenbergh: Contrastive Inferences Under Cognitive Load
  • Carl Rogers: Distinguishing already from perfect aspect: A case study of Chinese yijing
  • Priyanka Sen: Thematic Role Assignment at the Morphosyntax/Semantics Interface: From Linguistics to Neuropsychology
  • Jack Weyen: The origins and development of the English casual slang suffix -s

 
Left to right: Lauren GoffCarl RogersLauren Boranian, Priyanka Sen, Sean FrazzetteJack Weyen, Sasha Benov (not in the photo: Dylan Hardenbergh)

Week of March 7, 2016

LingedIn

Dorothy Ahn
Proximal deictic descriptions and emotive contexts
Wednesday, March 9 | 5pm | Boylston 303

GSAS Indo-European and Historical Linguistics Workshop

Hannes Fellner (University of Vienna)
More Than Kin, Less Than Kind: Tocharian as an Inner Indo-European Language?
Thursday, March 10 | 5pm | Boylston 237

Harvard at CUNY2016

Pooja Paul, Tanya Levari (Harvard Psychology), and Jesse Snedeker presented their work titled "Syntactic and pragmatic factors drive asymmetries in online processing of ‘only’: Evidence from eye-tracking" at the 29th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing (CUNY), which took place at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, March 3-5.

Week of February 29, 2016

ESSL/LacqLab at MIT

Zuzanna Fuchs
The Structure of Number and Gender in Native and Heritage Grammars of Spanish
Monday, February 29 | 1pm | 32-D831

LFRG at MIT

Aurore Gonzalez & Sophie Moracchini (MIT)
Discussion of Guerzoni (2003)’s dissertation: Even across languages and the scope theory
Wednesday, March 2 | 1pm | 32-D831

LingedIn

Gunnar Lund
Object Markers in Northwest Caucasian: Agreement or Clitic Doubling?
Wednesday, March 2 | 5pm | Boylston 303

GSAS Indo-European and Historical Linguistics Workshop

Carlo Vessella (Harvard University)
The Conservatism of Attic and the Atticist Lexica
Friday, March 4 | 5pm | Boylston 103

Harvard at AAFS 68

Cristina Aggazzotti presented her collaboration work with Elizabeth Allyn Smith (Université du Québec à Montréal) and Carole Chaski (George Washington University) titled "Confirmation Bias and Metalinguistic Awareness" at the 68th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), which took place in Las Vegas, Nevada, February 22-27.

Week of February 22, 2016

Meaning and Modality Lab Meeting

Discussion of Goldin-Meadow and Brentari (forthcoming)
Wednesday, February 24 | 4pm | 2 Arrow St Rm 408

Linguistics Circle Workshop 

Dominique Sportiche (UCLA)
Neglect: Benign in Relative Clauses
Thursday, February 25 | 5:15pm | Sever Hall 306

Harvard at Spanish as a Heritage Language Symposium

Zuzanna Fuchs presented her work (collaboration with Greg Scontras (PhD 2014) and Maria Polinsky (University of Maryland)) titled "Explaining Heritage Spanish Transfer attrition or universal principles?" at the 3rd National Symposium on Spanish as a Heritage Language, which took place at the University of Oregon, February 18-20.

This Semester's Visitor

The Department would like to welcome the new visiting fellow Carina Kauf from University of Gottingen, who just arrived and joined us last week. Welcome, Carina!

Week of February 15, 2016

LingedIn

Zuzanna Fuchs
Number, gender, and principles of economy in Heritage Spanish
(with Gregory Scontras and Masha Polinsky)
Wednesday, February 17 | 5pm | Boylston 303

LingedIn Schedule for Spring 2016

Ling-Lunch 2/17 - Yimei Xiang