Jon Ander Mendia writes:
I'm pleased to announce that this year SNEWS, the South New England Workshop on Semantics, will take place at UMass, on the 15th of November (Saturday, room tba). SNEWS is an annual workshop for graduate students in Linguistics to present their work and receive feedback in an informal setting. Topics of presentations generally fall into the categories of semantics, pragmatics, semantics/pragmatics interface, experimental and psycholinguistic investigations of semantic/pragmatic phenomena, acquisition, etc.
The workshop is meant to encourage the development and exchange of ideas through friendly interaction between students and faculty from different universities in the area. It is also a great opportunity to know other young semanticists and linguists in general with similar interests. Universities that have participated in the past include UConn, UMass, Harvard, MIT, Brown, and Yale.
At SNEWS only graduate students are allowed to present, although faculty members are welcome to attend. Moreover, in order to encourage participation and capitalize on the friendly and informal environment of the workshop, there is no call for papers: students only need to submit the title for their talks before October 31st. Each talk will be 20' plus 10' for questions. In principle, it is possible to accommodate as much as 2-3 participants from each university, but this is subject to change until I have heard back from all the universities and have a more educated estimation of the number of interested participants.
More announcements and information will be available soon at the website (you can check the old one here). If you are currently working on a semantic/pragmatics project, I strongly encourage you to participate! You only need to let me know what the title of your talk will be. Please, feel free to ask me any further questions.