21 February 2016

UMass at AAAS

Tom Roeper writes:

Last weekend Barbara Pearson and I (and Megan Armstrong was there too) participated in the Family Science section of AAAS in Washington where all kinds of booths on science, geo-science, lego-robots, astronauts were present--and a booth with about 30 language folks, from profs to grad students to undergrads, interacted with children (usually using ipads, as we did) on language issues from phonetics to recursion (our domain). It was supported by NSF and the Language outreach program of the University of Maryland. We had a great time---particularly with the many autistic children who came--illustrating, playing with, and explaining recursion in terms of possessives.PP's, compounds, and relative clauses. Next year it will be in Boston and it might be nice to have a larger UMass contingent.