Spell-Out Blog

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.

Week of November 7, 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.

 Linguistics Circle Workshop 

Lucas Champollion (NYU)
Two switches in the theory of counterfactuals: A study of truth conditionality and minimal change
Friday, November 11 | 3:30pm | Boylston 105

Begus at MIT Phonology Circle

Gašper Beguš
Unnatural Trends in the Lexicon: Diachrony and Synchrony 
Monday, November 7 | 5pm | MIT 32-D83

Harvard-MIT Fieldwork Group Meeting

Jenneke van der Wal will be talking about eliciting focus and information-structural phenomena, based on her work on Bantu languages. 
Thursday, November 10 | 5pm | Boylston 303

Week of October 31, 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

Benjamin W. Fortson IV (Michigan University)
"An Image of the Evening Star in Darkness" (on Latin nouns with nominative singular in -gō and genitive singular in -ginis)
Friday, November 4 | 3:30pm | Boylston 105

 LingedIn

Lena Borise
Word order and prosody: What can we learn from Georgian focus?
Friday, November 4 | 12pm | Boylston 303 

Beatbox Phonetics

Harry Yeff, an award-winning beatboxer who spoke recently in Lecturer Aleksei Nazarov's "Sounds of Language" (Linguistics 105) course, discusses the value linguistic phonetics has for the art of beatboxing in the Harvard Gazette.

Charnavel at Stony Brook

Assistant Professor Isabelle Charnavel gave two invited talks at Stony Brook University on October 25th and 26th. The first, "Causes for Judges", was given as part of the Frontiers talk series. The second, "Dance your Mind: steps toward a generative theory of dance cognition", was given as part of Stony Brook University's Language, Music and Emotion Research Group's Distinguished Lecture Series.

Week of October 24, 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 

Byron Ahn (Princeton)
Deep Universals in Reflexive Syntax
Friday, October 28 | 3:30pm | Boylston 105

 LingedIn

Giuseppe Ricciardi
The non-temporal use of the Italian future morphology
Friday, October 28 | 12pm | Boylston 303

Harvard at AMP

The following talks and posters featured Harvard presenters at the 2016 Annual Meeting of Phonology that took place at USC in Los Angeles, October 21 - 23.

  • Gašper Beguš - "Inherently weighted constraints" (poster)
  • Associate Professor Kevin Ryan - "Stress-modulated quantitative meter" (talk) and "Grammatical factors in Tommo So tone-tune mapping" (talk with Laura McPherson)
  • Lecturer Aleksei Nazarov - "Learning parametric stress without domain-specific mechanisms" (talk with Gaja Jarosz)

Harvard at JK24

Dorothy Ahn presented her poster titled "Demonstratives: Anaphoric or Deictic? Evidence from Japanese and Korean" at The 24th Japanese/Korean Linguistics Conference (JK24), which took place at National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics, in Tokyo, Japan, October 14-16.

Davidson Presents at Toronto

Assistant Professor Kathryn Davidson gave an invited talk titled "Quotation, Classifier Predicates, and a Formal Semantics for Event Demonstrations" at the University of Toronto on October 21.

Week of October 17, 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.

 Linguistics Circle Workshop 

Anna Szabolcsi (NYU)
Hybrid Negative Concord, and Quantifier-Internal vs. Clausal Particles
Friday, October 21 | 3:30pm | Boylston 105

Harvard at NELS47

The following talks and posters featured Harvard presenters at the 47th Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society (NELS) that took place at UMass Amherst, October 14 - 16.

  • Isabelle Charnavel - "Icelandic sig: a standard anaphor, after all" (talk with Dominique Sportiche) and "Perspective on Causal Clauses" (poster)
  • Yimei Xiang - "Mentions-some readings of plural-marked questions: Experimental evidence" (talk with Alexandre Cremers)
  • Laura Grestenberger (PhD 2014) - "'Strict' adjacency and voice allomorphy in Classical Greek passives" (poster)
  • Peter Jenks (PhD 2011) - "Case and caselessness in Moro" (poster with Hannah Sande)

Week of October 9, 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.

Linguistics – Departmental Teaching Award

Laurence B-Violette has just been awarded the Department of Linguistics Distinguished Teaching Award in Linguistics for the tutorial she taught in the 2015-16 academic year.  The tutorial was titled: "Going Romance:  The Syntax of Western Romance". Congratulations Laurence! 

GSAS Indo-European and Historical Linguistics Workshop

Marek Majer (Harvard University)
The Caland System in Balto-Slavic
Friday, October 14 | 5pm | Boylston 105

 LingedIn

Pooja Paul
Scalar only and even as two sides of the same coin
Friday, October 14 | 12pm | Boylston 303

Fall Open House - Oct. 11

The Linguistics Department will be hosting its Fall Open House on Tuesday, October 11. Please come by to ask any questions you might have about linguistics!

Open House

Week of October 3, 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.

 Linguistics Circle Workshop 

Peter Lasersohn (UIUC)
Common Nouns as Variables: Evidence from Conservativity and the Temperature Paradox
Friday, October 7 | 3:30pm | Boylston 105

Fall Open House - Oct. 11

The Linguistics Department will be hosting its Fall Open House on Tuesday, October 11. Please come by to ask any questions you might have about linguistics!

Open House

 

Week of September 26, 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.

Ahn and Fuchs Win Teaching Award

The Department of Linguistics is happy to announce that two of our graduate students have received Bok Center teaching with distinction awards for the spring 2016 term. 

Congratulations to Dorothy Ahn who received the award for Linguistics 106.  

Congratulations to Zuzanna Fuchs who received two awards, one for teaching EMR 11, one of our general education requirements and one for teaching Linguistics 83.

Well done Dorothy & Zuzanna!

Harvard at IG Fachtagung 15

The following talks featured Harvard presenters at the 15th Fachtagung der Indogermanischen Gesellschaft that took place at the University of Vienna, September 13 - 16.

  • Marek Majer - "The 'Caland roots' of Balto-Slavic"
  • Julia Sturm - "πίμπλημι and πίμπρημι: An Instance of Aggressive Reduplication in Greek"
  • Hannes Fellner (PhD 2013) - "Unfreie Radikale: Wurzelkomposita im Griechischen"
  • Laura Grestenberger (PhD 2014) - "Vollstufige media tantum Wurzelaoriste im Griechischen"
  • Professor Jay Jasanoff - "The aspectual profile of PIE *gwhen- ‘strike, slay’"

Harvard at SCCC

The following posters featured Harvard presenters at the South Caucasian Chalk Circle (SCCC) that took place at the University of Chicago Center in Paris, September 22 - 24.

 GSAS Indo-European and Historical Linguistics Workshop

Lukas Kahl (Harvard University)
The Insular Celtic Equative(s)
Friday, September 30 | 5pm | Boylston 105

 LingedIn

Dora Mihoc
More evidence of heterogeneity in the class of (comparative and superlative) numeral modifiers
Friday, September 30 | 12pm | Location: Boylston 303

Week of September 19, 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.

Linguistics - Departmental Teaching Award

Last June, Laine Stranahan was awarded the Department of Linguistics Distinguished Teaching Award in Linguistics for tutorials she taught in the 2014-15 academic year.  Congratulations Laine!  

The tutorial titles were:

  • Semantic Internalism and Externalism
  • Semantics and Philosophy of Time
  • Psycholinguistics of Scalar Implicature

Language and Cognition

Isabelle Charnavel 
Steps towards a grammar of dance
Tuesday, September 20 | 5:30pm | William James Hall 1305

Week of September 12, 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.

 LingedIn

Dorothy Ahn
The, That, and THAT: Three definites across languages
Friday, September 16 | 12pm | Location: Boylston 303

Harvard at AMLaP

The following talks featured Harvard presenters at the 22nd Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing (AMLaP) conference that took place in Bilbao, Spain, in September.

  • Laine Stranahan with Dylan Hardenbergh and Jesse Snedeker (Harvard Psychology) - "Cognitive Load Impairs but does not Suspend Contrastive Inference" (Poster)
  • Yujing Huang - "The Unaccusative Hypothesis revisited: on the mismatch between syntax and lexical semantics" (Talk)

Harvard at CogSci 2016

Yujing Huang presented her work with Laine Stranahan and Jesse Snedeker,  titled "Reexamining the Unaccusative Hypothesis: a Visual World Paradigm study" at Cognitive Science Society Annual Meeting 2016 (CogSci 2016), a meeting that took place in Philadelphia, in August.

Harvard at SuB21

Dorothy Ahn presented her work in a poster titled "Weak, Strong, and Deictic: Three Kinds of Definites" at the 21st Sinn und Bedeutung, a workshop that took place in Edinburgh, UK, September 4-6.

Harvard at MIT Workshop on Exhaustivity 2016

Harvard was well represented at the MIT Workshop on Exhaustivity 2016 that took place at MIT on September 10. The following talks featured Harvard presenters:

  • Yimei Xiang (PhD 2016) - "Mandarin particle dou: A pre-exhaustification exhaustifier", commentated by Professor Gennaro Chierchia.
  • Andreea Nicolae (PhD 2013) - "Reducing the locality of PPI anti-licensing to an instance of PPI shielding"
  • Assistant Professor Kathryn Davidson - "The contribution of sign languages toward a new unified picture of conjunction and disjunction"