From February 2013, the Linguistics Department Newsletter Hiatus will have a new home. The new address is:
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Rob Truswell, together with Raffaella Folli and Christina Sevdali (University of Ulster), is editor of a book forthcoming in OUP: "Syntax and its Limits" (the book should be out by the end of the year). It is a collection of papers that aim to clarify the division of labor between syntax and neighbouring components (morphology, semantics, information structure and the lexicon). Here is the table of contents:
1 Syntax and its limits Raffaella Folli, Christina Sevdali, and Robert Truswell
2 Harmonic derivationalism Winfried Lechner
3 Reconstruction, control, and movement Robert Truswell
4 Linearizing empty edges Terje Lohndal and Bridget Samuels
5 Evidence for the use of verb telicity in sentence comprehension Erin O’Bryan, Raffaella Folli, Heidi Harley, and Thomas G. Bever
6 Focus intervention in declaratives Aviad Eilam
7 Root phenomena as interface phenomena: Evidence from non-sententials Cecile De Cat
8 ‘Contrast’ and its relation to wa in Japanese and nun in Korean Reiko Vermeulen
9 Adjuncts within words and complex heads Glyne Piggott and Lisa deMena Travis
10 Still puzzled by adjectival passives? Berit Gehrke
11 The role of syntax in stress assignment in Serbo-Croatian Boban Arsenijevic and Marko Simonovic
12 Allosemy, idioms, and their domains: Evidence from adjectival participles Elena Anagnostopoulou and Yota Samioti
13 The ‘No Agent Idioms’ hypothesis Heidi Harley and Megan Stone
14 On the syntax and semantics of the Japanese comparative Hazel Pearson
15 Bare number Theodora Alexopoulou, Raffaella Folli, and George Tsoulas
16 Obligatory resumption in Greek free and restrictive relatives Evangelia Daskalaki and Marios Mavrogiorgos
17 Ethical datives: A puzzle for syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and their interfaces Dimitris Michelioudakis and Eleni Kapogianni
18 The syntacticization of discourse Liliane Haegeman and Virginia Hill
19 A syntactic answer to a pragmatic puzzle: The case of asymmetric and Bronwyn Moore Bjorkmam
David-Etienne Bouchard is a post-doc in our department. We asked him to tell us about himself:
"I am a recent graduate from McGill University (December 2012), where I wrote my thesis called “Long-Distance Degree Quantification and the Grammar of Subjectivity” under the supervision of prof. Bernhard Schwarz. My work is primarily at the syntax-semantics interface, and sometimes squarely in semantics. My main research area is the semantics of degree operators such as the comparative and superlative morphemes, intensional degree operators like too and enough, etc., particularly when they appear in non-canonical positions as they do in Québec French. My more recent work also examines the representation of subjectivity in the grammar. There I use the behavior of opinion verbs like to find to show that judge-dependency should be modeled as an additional index on the interpretation function, rather than as covert pronominals present in the syntax."
Here is a list of talks and presentations for this semester:
Jamie White, Title: TBA, 2:30 - 4, Arts 509.
Robin Dodsworth, Title: TBA, 11:30 - 1, Arts 509.
Rebecca Morley, Title: TBA, 2:30 - 4, Arts 509.
Ewan Dunbar, Title: TBA, 11:30 - 1, Arts 509.
David-Etienne Bouchard (to be confirmed)
Krista Byers-Heinlein, "Building two lexicons from scratch: The case of bilingual infants", 2:30, Arts 509.
Stay tuned for further details!
The schedule for the next few meetings of the Syntax-Semantics reading group looks like this:
February 1: Presentations by Saleh AlQahtani and Tharanga Weerasooriya.
February 18: Presentations by Saleh AlQahtani and Nicté Fuller Medina.
March 8: Presentations by Ewelina Frackowiak and Brandon Fry.
The meetings take place at 10 am in Arts 523. Please contact Rob Truswell if you would like to present or just have more information. Everyone is welcome!
ADELSA rocks some pretty sweet apparel. It’s a great memento of the school year, as each year we offer something different, and always in a new colour. It makes a great birthday gift or grad gift. This year, we will have four options:
1) Teal t-shirt saying “Je veux etre un schwa, parce qu’il est jamais stresse” (I wish I was a schwa, because it’s never stressed) $20.00
2) Grey t-shirt saying “this is a wug. Now there are two. There are two ___” $20.00
3) Burgundy hoodies with a zipper saying linguistics in IPA in French and
English on the back $45.00
4) Underwear – pink with teal edging, saying “I’d tap that” using the IPA tap $10.00
Order forms will be available on ouwebsiteshortly:
Joe Roy and Rob Truswell ran a LaTeX tutorial on Monday 22nd for approximately 15 graduate students. It was a great success, and LaTeX was learned. Rob held a second tutorial on January 28th for those unable to attend the first. So, if you still do not know LaTeX, it is NOT their fault.
1) ADELSA Ski Trip will be taking place on Friday February 8. Tickets will be on sale in the ADELSA office during office hours (pop by even when it’s not our office hours, there’s usually someone in there) as well as in Cafe Alt on Monday Feb 4 from 10-4. We welcome everyone – friends, roommates, everyone. Ticket prices to be announced shortly on our website and Facebook group.
2) ADELSA Wine and Cheese will be taking place on February 28. Tickets are $5. We have rented out the Pour House in the Byward Market. First 50 tickets will include a glass of wine, and there will be veggie and cheese platters there. It’s a great way to relax with your classmates and friends – you can bring people not in linguistics.
3) Taste Party is taking place Friday March 15. Proceeds will go to Relay for Life. It’s a cool event where you can change your perception of food using a miracle berry. We’ll provide all sorts of fruits and candies and other cool things to taste, and you can order a drink to see how it changes.
Lastly, as we are coming to the end of the school year, if you are interested in joining the ADELSA team to make all this fun happen, details will be distributed through the faculty of Arts about elections for student associations. We will post details on our website and on facebook as soon as the faculty gives them to us.
If you have any questions about any of these things, or would just like toget in touch with ADELSA, you can contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarra Ghazel has successfully defended her PhD dissertation on January 11.
Thesis title: Cognitive Architectures in Morphological Processing: Acquisition and Attrition
This year, ADELSA is offering two Golden Wug scholarships to students. Students who are interested in this scholarship are encouraged to check out the guidelines that will be listed on the ADELSA website as well as on Facebook. Submissions will be due March 27.
The NLP reading group meets every two weeks (more or less) to discuss papers of interest in computational linguistics and natural language processing. Participants include profs and students from the Computer Sciences Dept. and the Linguistics Dept. Everyone is welcome! If you would like more information, please contact Stan Szpakowicz (professor at the Computer Science Dept).
The sixth meeting of the Toronto-Ottawa-Montreal workshop in semantics will take place at McGill on March 23rd. This is an informal meeting and a great opportunity to meet profs and students from other departments. Abstract deadline is February 1st. You will find more information about the workshop here:
Contact person for this event = Ana Arregui.
Hello everyone! Welcome to a new semester of Hiatus! We would love to have your news. Let us know what you have been up to (conferences, papers, research trips, etc.). And also send along other interesting linguistics news you would like to share.
Your editor for this semester,
Exploring the role of production in language development
Tania Zamuner, University of Ottawa
Jan. 18th, 2013
Location: Paterson 111
This event is sponsored by School of Linguistics and Language Studies
Abstract: Exploring the role of production in language development
As children learn language, they spontaneously produce the speech of those around them. This work explores what function and impact these productions have for the development of learners' phonological and lexical representations. One central issue is whether production is a mechanism that supports language learning. A second issue is whether production impacts learners' representations. If so, this should be reflected in language processing. Learners should be faster or more accurate at perceiving words that they have produced. To examine these issues, I will discuss data from an experimental study looking at the impact of production on word learning, and discuss the issues from a psycholinguistics perspective.