Seth Cable writes:
I’m writing to announce the first, organizational meeting UMAFLAB (UMass Funny Languages Breakfast), which will take place next Monday 9/15 at 9:15 AM in ILC 451. At this meeting, we’ll simply set a schedule for the semester; please definitely attend if there’s anything you’d be interested in discussing!
To remind you all again of what UMAFLAB is all about, the purpose of UMAFLAB is to bring together individuals with a shared interest in puzzling linguistic data, optimally (but not necessarily) from understudied or minority languages.
*Presentations are always informal*. We are *not* looking for polished work or practice talks (though those are welcome). Rather, participants are free to present any puzzles they like. They needn't have any analysis in mind; indeed, part of the fun of the group is hearing other people's thoughts on some difficult problem.
Thus, if all you have is an interesting pattern worth 'boggling at', that's perfect for our group (particularly if it's from an otherwise not-very-much-talked-about language or variety). For example, a run down of all the crazy data obtained during some recent field work (or experimental work, or whatever) would be quite ideal.
If this sounds at all interesting to you, please come to the first meeting next Monday (9/15). If you would like to come, but have a conflict with the day or time, please also be sure to let me know!