Spell-Out Blog

Week of February 13, 2017

Upcoming Department Talks, Spring 2017

Julie Legate (University of Pennsylvania)
March 3 @ 3:30
Title and location tba

Lisa Cheng (Leiden University, Holland)
March 10 @ 3:30
Title and location tba

Jonathan Bobaljik (University of Connecticut)
March 24 @ 3:30
Title and location tba

Hamida Demirdache (University of Nantes, France)
March 31 @ 3:30
Title and location tba

Susi Wurmbrand (University of Connecticut)
April 7 @ 3:30
Title and location tba

Language and Cognition

Pritty Patel-Grosz (University of Oslo) (work with Patrick Grosz, Tejaswinee Kelkar and Alexander Jensenius)
Exploring the Semantics of Dance
Tuesday, February 14 | 5:30pm | William James Hall 1305

Week of February 6, 2017

Upcoming Department Talks, Spring 2017

Julie Legate (University of Pennsylvania)
March 3 @ 3:30
Title and location tba

Lisa Cheng (Leiden University, Holland)
March 10 @ 3:30
Title and location tba

Jonathan Bobaljik (University of Connecticut)
March 24 @ 3:30
Title and location tba

Hamida Demirdache (University of Nantes, France)
March 31 @ 3:30
Title and location tba

Susi Wurmbrand (University of Connecticut)
April 7 @ 3:30
Title and location tba

 Language Universals Workshop 

Marie Coppola (UConn)
Words, language, communication, and interaction: Insights from child and adult homesign systems
Friday, February 10 | 3:30pm | Boylston 105 (subject to change)

 LingedIn

Yujing Huang
Re-examining the binding conditions of Mandarin anaphor ziji in the light of inanimacy
Friday, February 10 | 12pm | Boylston 303

Harvard at BLS

The following Harvard presenters were featured at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistic Society (BLS) that took place at UC Berkeley, in Berkeley, California, February 3-5.

  • Laine Stranahan - "Cognitive load impairs semantic and pragmatic processing of scalar quantifiers" with Qingqing Wu and Jesse Snedeker
  • Gašper Beguš - "Gradient Phonotactics against Naturalness"

 

Week of January 30, 2017

Upcoming Department Talks, Spring 2017

Julie Legate (University of Pennsylvania)
March 3 @ 3:30
Title and location tba

Lisa Cheng (Leiden University, Holland)
March 10 @ 3:30
Title and location tba

Jonathan Bobaljik (University of Connecticut)
March 24 @ 3:30
Title and location tba

Hamida Demirdache (University of Nantes, France)
March 31 @ 3:30
Title and location tba

Week of January 23, 2017

Spring Semester 2017

Classes for the Spring semester begin on Monday, January 23, 2017. The deadline for course registration is Friday, January 27, 2017. The list of courses can be found here.

Department Visitors

The Department would like to say goodbye to the departing visiting scholar Amy Rose Deal. We were fortunate to have you with us during the fall semester! We would also like to welcome visiting scholar Hongli Shi from China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing, visiting scholar Chunyan Shao from Shandong University, Jinan, China and special student Louise Skydsbjerg Friis from Copenhagen University. Welcome!

 GSAS Indo-European and Historical Linguistics Workshop

Caley Smith (Harvard University - Department of South Asian Studies)
Using Deixis to Navigate Levels of Narration in the Rigveda
Thursday, January 26 | 5pm | Boylston 335

Jim Publishes Article and Edited Volume

C.-T. James Huang has just published the article "Principles and parameters of Universal Grammar" with Ian Roberts in  The Oxford Handbook of Universal Grammar (Oxford University Press).

As an editor, he has also just published the five volume Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics (Brill) with Rint Sybesma, Wolfgang Behr, Yue-Guo Gu, Zev Handel, and James Myers.

Week of January 17, 2017

Spring Semester 2017

Classes for the Spring semester begin on Monday, January 23, 2017. The deadline for course registration is Friday, January 27, 2017. Welcome back!

Harvard at LSA 2017

The following talks and posters featured Harvard presenters at the 2017 annual meeting of the LSA that took place in Austin, Texas, January 5-8.

Week of December 12, 2016

Exam Period

The Fall semester is winding down as exams started Friday, December 10. The final day of exams is Tuesday, December 20. Winter break begins on Wednesday, December 21.

Lena at CUNY

Lena Borise and Maria Polinsky gave a talk entitled "Information structure without cartography: Evidence from Georgian" at CUNY Linguistics Colloquium on December 8th.

Isabelle at Going Romance

Isabelle Charnavel presented her work "Point of view on Causal Clauses: the case of French parce que and puisque" at Going Romance 2016, a conference that took place at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, in Frankfurt am Main, December 8-10.

Week of November 28, 2016

Senior Faculty Syntax Opening

The Department of Linguistics at Harvard University seeks to make a tenured appointment at the rank of Professor in the area of syntax. Details may be found here. Please contact Cheryl Murphy for more details.

Welcome Concentrators!

The linguistics department is happy to welcome the following thirteen new concentrators to the department.

Samantha Berman
Anand Bradley
Athena Braun
Gabriel Coonce
Kayla Evans
Patricia Marie Guzman
Rebecca Jarvis
Aidan Langston
Amy Morrisett
Sharanya Pulapura
Christian Savarese
Jad Wehbe
Brian Yu

 Linguistics Circle Workshop 

Alan Yu (University of Chicago)
Reconceptualizing phonologization
Thursday, December 1 | 5:45pm | Sever 106

 LingedIn

Yuyin He
A glimpse of Mandarin Control
Friday, December 2 | 12pm | Boylston 303

Language and Cognition

Dora Mihoc
More evidence of heterogeneity in the class of comparative and superlative numeral modifiers
Tuesday, November 29 | 5:30pm | William James Hall 1305

Week of November 21, 2016

Senior Faculty Syntax Opening

The Department of Linguistics at Harvard University seeks to make a tenured appointment at the rank of Professor in the area of syntax. Details may be found here. Please contact Cheryl Murphy for more details

 GSAS Indo-European and Historical Linguistics Workshop

Rafael Pascual (Harvard University)
Old English Dithematic Names and the Reliability of Sieversian Metrics
Monday, November 21 | 5pm | Boylston 335

Harvard at the Word Order Variation at the Interfaces workshop

Lena Borise presented her work titled "Word Order and Prosody: What Can We Learn from Georgian Focus?" with Maria Polinsky at Word Order Variation at the Interfaces, a workshop that took place at Ben Gurion University in Be'er Sheba, Israel, November 13-15.

Isabelle at Rutgers Colloquium

Isabelle Charnavel  presented her work titled "Perspectival Effects in Circumstantial Subordinates" at an invited colloquium talk at Rutgers University on November 18

Jenneke at University of Minnesota

Jenneke van der Wal presented her work titled "The need for an alternative system of Case licensing in Bantu" at an invited talk at The University of Minnesota on November 18.

Week of November 14, 2016

Senior Faculty Syntax Opening

The Department of Linguistics at Harvard University seeks to make a tenured appointment at the rank of Professor in the area of syntax. Details may be found here. Please contact Cheryl Murphy for more details

 Language Universals Workshop

Sarah Murray (Cornell)
The Semantics of Evidentials
Friday, November 18 | 3:30pm | Boylston 105

 LingedIn

Lukas Kahl
The Insular Celtic Equative
Friday, November 18 | 12pm | Boylston 303

Harvard at SNEWS

Giuseppe Ricciardi presented his work "The epistemic use of the Italian future morphology" and Laine Stranahan presented her work " Effects of working memory load on contrastive inference" at the 2016 Southern New England Workshop in Semantics (SNEWS) at Brown University on Saturday, November 12.