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June Update

Rothstein-Dowden Wins Bowdoin Greek Prize

Congratulations to Zach Rothstein-Dowden, who has won the Bowdoin Prize for Graduate Essay in Greek, with his work entitled "Encomium of Ludwig van Beethoven". 

 

Fellner Wins START Prize

Congratulations to

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Week of May 15, 2017

NOTE: Spell-Out Blog will be updated only occasionally throughout the summer, and will resume regular updates with the beginning of the fall semester. We wish you all a restful, productive break!

Harvard at SALT 27

Isabelle Charnavel presented her work titled "Not-at-issueness of since-clauses" at Semantics and Linguistic Theory (

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Week of May 1, 2017

Whatmough Lecture: Philippe Schlenker (Institut Jean Nicod, CNRS and NYU)

Meaning in Sign, in Speech and in Gestures
Monday, May 1 | 4:00pm-6:00pm | Fong Auditorium, 110 Boylston Hall
An informal reception will follow in the Harvard faculty club.

 LingedIn

The Students of Field Methods (117r)
Topics in Lugwere Linguistics: A Poster Session
Friday, May 5 | 12pm | Boylston 303

Harvard at WCCFL 35

The following talks featured Harvard presenters at the 35th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics that took place at the University of Calgary, April 28-30.

Congratulations, Dr. Majer!

Congratulations to Marek Majer who has successfully defended his dissertation, "The Caland System in the North: Archaism and Innovation in Property-Concept/State Morphology in Balto-Slavic" on Friday, May 28, 2017.

Marek's defense

Week of April 24, 2017

Open Positions in Linguistics

The Department of Linguistics at Harvard University seeks to fill two positions: a College Fellow position and a Lecturer, Assistant/Associate Professor of Syntax position. Please contact Cheryl Murphy for more details.

Marek's Thesis Defense

Marek Majer
The Caland System in the North: Archaism and Innovation in Property-Concept/State Morphology in Balto-Slavic
Friday, April 28 | 11am-1pm | Boylston 303

Senior Thesis Colloquium

Thursday, April 27 | 3:00pm | Boylston Hall 303

The Department Senior Thesis Colloquium will take place this Thursday, April 27th, from 3pm to 5pm in Boylston 303. The event will feature presentations from Andrew Sheeler and Nancy Fan. Everyone is welcome! Please see the poster for details.

Linguistics Spring Reception

Thursday, April 27 | 5:30pm | Boylston Hall, 3rd Floor

This year's Spring Reception will take place on Thursday, April 27, in the department lounge. We hope to see there you for some good food and time. Refreshments will be provided. Everyone is very much welcome to attend and mingle!

Active Shooter Training

There will be a training for dealing with an active shooter situation on Friday, April 28, 2017 at 10am in the Fong Auditorium.

 Linguistics Circle Workshop 

Raffaella Zanuttini (Yale)
The structure of presentatives
Wednesday, April 26 | 5pm | Boylston 105

Harvard at LSRL 47

The following talks featured Harvard presenters at the 47th Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages (LSRL), 2017 that took place at The University of Delaware, April 20-23.

Yuyin at ECO5

Yuyin He presented her work titled "A Glimpse of Mandarin Obligatory Control" at the East Coast Syntax Workshop (ECO5), a workshop that took place at the Unversity of Connecticut, April 15, 2017.

Gašper at MBB Poster Showcase

Gašper Beguš will be presenting a poster titled "Inherently weighted constraints" at the Mind, Brain, and Behavior poster showcase, here at Harvard University, in the Northwest Building Cafe, at 4pm on April 24.

Linguistics Concentrators at ARTS FIRST

Four linguistics concentrators will be performing at this years ARTS FIRST, a festival of student and faculty creativity:

  • Brian Rolincik ‘18, The Harvard Din & Tonics, 1:30pm-1:50pm, Plaza Tent (ARTS FIRST Performance Fair, Saturday April 29)
  • Amy Morrisett ‘19, FUSIAN, 1:30pm-1:50pm, Yard Stage; ‘Cliffe Notes, 3:30pm-3:50pm, Busch Hall (ARTS FIRST Performance Fair, Saturday April 29)
  • Christian Savarese ‘19, Veritones, 2:00pm-2:20pm, Yard Stage (ARTS FIRST Performance Fair, Saturday April 29)
  • Aidan Connaughton ‘19, Harvard University Band, 4:30pm-4:50pm, Yard Stage (ARTS FIRST Performance Fair, Saturday April 29)

Week of April 10, 2017

Open Positions in Linguistics

The Department of Linguistics at Harvard University seeks to fill two positions: a College Fellow position and a Lecturer, Assistant/Associate Professor of Syntax position. Please contact Cheryl Murphy for more details.

 GSAS Indo-European and Historical Linguistics Workshop

Eric Fredrickson (Harvard University)
Dating (Classical Hebrew) Texts Linguistically: A Bayesian Approach
Wednesday, April 12 | 5pm | Boylston 103

 LingedIn

Julia Sturm
ἵστωρ and ἑορτή: The Rough-Breathing Reflex of Greek *u
Friday, April 14 | 12pm | Boylston 303

Week of April 3, 2017

Department Talk

Susi Wurmbrand (University of Connecticut)
"Universals and variation in clausal complementation" (Abstract)
Friday, April 7 | 4:00pm | Location: Boylston Hall 105 
There will a be reception following the talk.

 GSAS Indo-European and Historical Linguistics Workshop

Gašper Beguš (Harvard University)
Diachronic Treatment of Unnaturalness: A Blurring Process
Wednesday, April 5 | 5pm | Boylston 105

Jenneke Gives Invited Talk at ACAL 48

Jenneke van der Wal gave an invited talk, titled "The need for an alternative system of nominal licensing in Bantu", at the 48th Annual Conference on African Linguistics (ACAL) that took place at Indiana University, Bloomington, March 30 - April 2.

Pooja at CUNY 2017

Pooja Paul presented her work with Jayden Ziegler and Jesse Snedeker titled "Evidence for incremental processing of only-sentences in adults as well as children" at the 30th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, a conference that took place at MIT, March 30 - April 2.

 

Photos from last week's Spring Open House and the Advising Fortnight event. We were excited to meet so many potential concentrators who were excited about linguistics!

Open House

Week of March 27, 2017

Department Talk

Hamida Demirdache (University of Nantes, France)
"Resumptive Pronouns, Epithets & the Interpretation of Chains" (Abstract)
Friday, March 31 | 4:00pm | Location: Boylston Hall 105 
There will a be reception following the talk.

Upcoming Department Talks, Spring 2017

Susi Wurmbrand (University of Connecticut)
April 7 @ 4:00
"Universals and variation in clausal complementation"

Friday, April 7 | 4:00pm| Location Boylston Hall 105

Linguistics Spring Open House

The Spring Open House for potential concentrators is taking place on Wednesday, March 29, from 5pm to 7pm in Boylston Hall (3rd floor). This is a great opportunity to talk to current concentrators, grad students, and faculty, and learn about linguistics. Everyone is welcome!

Open House

Language and Cognition

Pooja Paul
Reimagining the semantics-pragmatics interface
Tuesday, March 28 | 5:30pm | William James Hall 1305

Marek's article appears in Transactions of the Philological Society

Marek Majer's article entitled "The ‘fiver’. Germanic ‘finger’, Balto-Slavic de-numeral adjectives in *-ero- and their Indo-European background" has been published in Transactions of the Philological Society Vol. 115, Issue 2.