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Week of September 12


Fall Reception

The Fall Reception of the Department of Linguistics will take place on Thursday September 15 5-6:30 PM  at the Ticknor Lounge. Undergraduates, graduates, visitors, and faculty are invited. Join us as we welcome back our current students and faculty, and say hello to the following new members of the Harvard Linguistics department!


Faculty: ...

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Welcome Back!


Bryant Dissertation Defense

On July 29th Shannon Bryant defended her dissertation titled " Lost in space: Pronoun choice in English locative prepositional phrases".

Congratulations Shannon!


Ricciardi Dissertation Defense

On August 31st ...

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Week of May 2

Senior Thesis Colloquium

The Senior Thesis Colloquium is on Tuesday, May 3 at 10:00 am -12:00 pm in Boylston 105.  If you are interested in attending, please contact Ian Kirby (ikirby@g.harvard.edu) to RSVP.


Wilcox Dissertation Defense

Ethan Gotlieb Wilcox

"Informative Presupposition & Accommodation”

Wednesday, May 4, 2022 | 2:00-4:00 pm |...

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Week of April 25

The Department of Linguistics Fifteenth Annual Joshua and Verona Whatmough Lecture

Caroline Heycock (Professor of Syntax, The University of Edinburgh)

"The Unbearable Lightness of be: Some of the strange and illuminating things that happen when we use nouns as predicates"

Monday, April 25 | 3:00 pm | See your email for Zoom link (or request here)


Abstract: Some...

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Week of April 11

Language Universals Workshop 

Yoon Kim (MIT)

Title: "Corpus-driven discovery of linguistic structures with neural networks"

Abstract: : Natural language has inherent structure. Words compose with one another to form...

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Week of April 4

Linguistics Circle Workshop (Virtual meeting)

Asia Pietraszko (University of Rochester)

Title: "Syntactic structure building: lessons from periphrasis"

Abstract: Traditional approaches to verbal periphrasis (compound tenses) treat auxiliary verbs (be/have) as...

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