Classes begin this Wednesday, September 2. Classes on this day will follow a Monday schedule. Please remember that Thursday, September 10 is Study Card Day. For more information, please check the 2015 Academic Calendar.
The Linguistics Department is delighted to welcome this year's incoming students to the PhD program:
Lukas Kahl holds an MA (Cantab) in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge, a BA in Romance Studies and Classics from the University of Bonn, and an MA in Indo-European Studies from the University of Jena. His MA thesis is about origin and function of the Brythonic equative. He is most interested in the historical linguistics of Indo-European (especially the Anatolian and Celtic branches), the areal linguistics of the ancient Near East, as well as issues in language classification, reconstruction, and typology. He also enjoys music, poetry, and physical exercise.
Kate Hodges graduated with a BS in neuroscience from King University and spent an additional year studying linguistics at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland. Her academic interests include formal semantics, the semantics-pragmatics interface, and psycholinguistics. In her spare time Kate enjoys exploring Boston, reading, cooking, and spending time with her dog, Baylie.
Gunnar Lund graduated from Boston College with a BA in Linguistics and Philosophy. There, he completed a thesis investigating the context sensitivity of gradable predicates. His main interests are semantics, pragmatics, and the philosophy of language, with further interests in computational linguistics and logic. In his spare time, he enjoys drawing, making experimental music, and watching baseball and weird movies.
Tsai-Heng (Tiffany) Yang graduated with a MA in Linguistics and a BA in Chinese Literature from National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan. Her MA thesis investigates the distributive readings of Mandarin Chinese. She is interested in syntax, semantics, and syntax-semantics interface. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, discovering new places, and watching NBA games of her favorite team, the San Antonio Spurs.
This Year's Visitors
The Department would like to give a warm welcome to the four visitors who will be joining the department this academic year:
Aurore Gonzalez's collaboration work with Elizabeth Heredia Murillo (University of Nantes) and Hamida Demirdache (University of Nantes) titled "Negative Coordination in Spanish vs. French" was presented at VII Encuentro de Gramática Generativa (EGG 7), which took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, July 29-31.
Spell-Out will resume its weekly postings in September. If you have news you would like to share during the summer, please contact the blog manager Dorothy Ahn. The Harvard Linguistics Facebook page will be updated on a regular basis.
The last day of Spring classes is Wednesday, April 29. The semester ends with exciting events at the Department this week:
Linguistics Department Spring Reception Wednesday, April 29 | 5:15pm to 7:15pm | 3rd floor Boylston All undergradates, graduates, faculty, and visitors are invited!
Department of Linguistics Visitas Open House Monday, April 27 | 10:00am-11:30am | Boylston 303 The Department of Linguistics is inviting current and incoming freshmen to our Open House. Join us for breakfast to learn more about linguistics via language games, five-minute lectures, and other entertainments.
Senior Thesis Colloquium Thursday, April 30 | 3:00pm-5:00pm | Boylston 105 See program for more information.
12th Annual Undergraduate Linguistics Colloquium at Harvard
The 12th Annual Undergraduate Linguistics Colloquium at Harvard took place this past weekend in the Science Center. Some of our own concentrators presented as well as undergraduates from elsewhere in the U.S., Canada, and even Germany. The program can be found here.
Clemens, Coon, Mateo Pedro, Morgan, Polinsky, and Tandet appear in NLLT
ECO-5 that took place at the Harvard Linguistics Department last Saturday, April 11 was a huge success, thanks to the organizers Laurence B-Violette, Lena Borise, and Yujing Huang. This year's workshop featured thirteen presentations from the five participating schools, including the following presentations representing Harvard:
Wednesday, April 8 | 6:30 -8:30pm | Queen’s Head Pub (underneath Annenberg)
Harvard Linguistic Department is hosting its first ever 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.
Harvard will host this year's ECO-5, a graduate student conference bringing together presenters from Harvard, MIT, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, the University of Connecticut, and the University of Maryland. The program can be found here.
Harvard at Indogermanistisches Forschungskolloquium
Julia Sturm presented her work titled "Preverb + Verb Compounds in the Rg Veda: A Construction-Based Approach" at Erstes Indogermanistisches Forschungskolloquium (First Indo-European Research Colloquium), which took place at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg, March 26-27.
Beguš's paper appears in Zeitschrift für Slawistik
Date: Monday, March 30 Time: 5:00-7:00 p.m. Location: Annenberg Hall
Professor Polinsky and a few students will be there to tell you more about linguistics. Drop by the Linguistics table to learn more! Our Head Tutor, Professor Polinsky, and the Assistant Head Tutor will be holding office hours during the Advising Fortnight in case you have additional questions.
Office Hours: Head Tutor and Director of Undergraduate Study: Dates: Thursdays, April 2 & Tuesday, April 7 Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m. Location: Boylston Hall 314
Assistant Head Tutor: Dates: Wednesdays, April 1 & April 8 Time:4:00-5:00 p.m. Location: Lounge in the Department of Linguistics, Boylston Hall third floor
Spring Recess began last Saturday, March 14, and will end on Sunday, March 22. Happy Spring Break!
Job Talk: Salvador Mascarenhas
Salvador Mascarenhas (University of Oxford, St. Catherine’s College) Illusory Inferences: Reasoning and Interpretation Monday, March 23 | 4pm-6pm | Fong Auditorium (Boylston 1st floor) Reception in the Department of Linguistics immediately following the talk.