15 April 2013

Alex Drummond speaks next week

Alex Drummond will give a talk Tuesday, April 23 at 4PM in Dickinson 206. His talk is entitled "Deriving the Right Roof Constraint from a preference for merge over move." 

Uli Sauerland talks on Thursday

Uli Sauerland will give a talk entitled "Phi-Features: The Presuppositional Approach" at 4PM in Dickinson 206.

I argue that Phi-Features (Person, Number, and Gender marking) are uniformly interpreted as presuppositions.  Cooper (1979, Academic Press) first proposed the presuppositional interpretation, but only for the phi-features of pronouns. I argued for the presuppositional interpretation for the phi-features of full DPs and those of unbound pronouns (Sauerland 2003, SALT; 2008, Oxford UP).  Based on new evidence (von Heusinger 2007 and others), I argue that the presuppositional approach can and should be extended to all phi-features, also those on bound pronouns.

Ryan Bennett gives department colloquium

Ryan Bennett (Yale) will give the department colloquium on Friday, April 19, in Machmer E-37 at 3:30. The title of his talk is "A re-evaluation of 'disjoint' footing."

Angelika gives Radcliffe Institute talk

Angelika Kratzer, who is presently a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, will give a presentation entitled "Mapping Possibilities" at 4pm next Monday in the Sheerr Room at Fay House, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge. For more information, go here.

Linguistics Club workshop on LaTeX

Jeremy Cahill writes:

Linguistics Club invites you to join us next Wednesday for another  
interactive LaTeX workshop.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 17, 5:30 - 7:30 PM
WHERE: Machmer E-37

Presenters Felix Lehmann, Steffen Hildebrandt, and Ilia Kurenkov will  
cover specific LaTeX topics that you'd like to learn more about, e.g.  
packages for syntax trees, bibliographies, etc. Remember to select  
some topics you'd like to see covered in the sign-up poll!

To get the most out of the workshop, make sure to bring a laptop.  
Prior installation of LaTeX is helpful, but not required.

Space is limited!

Sign up here: http://bit.ly/UMassLaTeXRedux

or RSVP at: jccahill@student.umass.edu

Noah Constant goes to MIT

Noah Constant will do a one-year teaching post-doc at MIT starting in the Fall. He'll teach a graduate seminar on information structure in the first semester, and perhaps a course on the syntax and semantics of Chinese in the Spring.

Congratulations Noah!

Dillon and Sloggett hit the newsstands

Congratulations to Shayne Sloggett and Brian Dillon whose "Contrasting intrusion profiles for agreement and anaphora: Experimental and modeling evidence" (with co-authors Mishler and Phillips) has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Memory and Language.

Noah Constant on the road

Noah Constant writes:

On April 7th, I gave a talk at the Harvard Yenching Institute, "On the positioning of Mandarin contrastive topic -ne".  Slides are on my website.

I also gave talks at Stanford and MIT in February and March on "Deriving the diversity of contrastive topic realizations".

ESSLI 2013 open for registration

The registration for The 25th European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information (ESSLLI 2013) is now open. ESSLLI 2013 will be held in Düsseldorf, Germany, August 5-16, 2013.

In order to register, go to esslli2013.de/registration.

The European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information (ESSLLI) is organized every year by the Association for Logic, Language and Information (FoLLI) in different sites around Europe. Under the auspices of FoLLI (the Association for Logic, Language, and Information), ESSLLI brings together logicians, linguists, computer scientists, and philosophers to study language, logic, and information, and their interconnections. The school hosts approximately 50 courses at both introductory and advanced levels, and brings together around 500 participants from all over the world. Along with the courses, ESSLLI hosts workshops and invited lectures, providing opportunities for in-depth discussion of current research.

Anyone who has been to Düsseldorf will recall places like Königsallee, the Altstadt (Old Town), MedienHafen or the Rhine embankment promenade. For good reason – these places are to Düsseldorf what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris. The state capital of North Rhine-Westphalia has even more to offer. Recent years have seen the development of a thriving young alternative scene in Düsseldorf. Up-and-coming quarters such as Flingern, Bilk and Derendorf are becoming red-hot forges of original art, culture, fashion and music.

For more information on ESSLLI and on Düsseldorf, please check our website at esslli2013.de. We are very proud to be hosting the 25th ESSLLI in Düsseldorf and we look forward to seeing you there!

The ESSLLI 2013 Organization Committee

Dillon in JEAL

Our own Brian is the Dillon in Xiang, Dillon, Wagers, Liu and Guo "Processing covert dependencies: an SAT study on Mandarin wh-in-situ questions" which has just been accepted for publication in the Journal of East Asian Linguistics.

Congratulations, Brian.

Call for Abstracts: TBilisi Symposium on Language, Logic and Computation

3rd Call for Papers


23-27 September 2013
Gudauri, Georgia


The Tenth International Tbilisi Symposium on Language, Logic and Computation will be held on 23-27 September 2013 in Gudauri, Georgia. The Programme Committee invites submissions for contributions on all aspects of language, logic and computation. Work of an interdisciplinary nature is particularly welcome. Areas of interest
include, but are not limited to:

 * Algorithmic game theory
 * Computational social choice
 * Constructive, modal and algebraic logic
 * Formal models of multiagent systems
 * Historical linguistics, history of logic
 * Information retrieval, query answer systems
 * Language evolution and learnability
 * Linguistic typology and semantic universals
 * Logic, games, and formal pragmatics
 * Logics for artificial intelligence
 * Natural language syntax, semantics, and pragmatics

Authors can submit an abstract of four pages (including references) at
the EasyChair conference system here:



The programme will include the following invited lectures, tutorials
and workshops.


Logic: Rosalie Iemhoff (Utrecht University)
Language: Daniel Altshuler (University of Duesseldorf)
Computation: Samson Abramsky (University of Oxford)

Invited Lectures:

Balder ten Cate (University of California at Santa Cruz)
Agata Ciabattoni (Vienna University of Technology)
Thomas Colcombet (University of Paris)
Galit Sassoon (University of Jerusalem)
Alexandra Silva (Radboud University Nijmegen)
Sergei Tatevosov (Moscow State University )


Workshop on Algebraic Proof Theory

Invited speakers:
Matthias Baaz (Vienna University of Technology)
Alessio Guglielmi (University of Bath)
Kazushige Terui (University of Kyoto)

Agata Ciabattoni and Rosalie Iemhoff

More information:

Workshop on Aspect

Invited speakers:
Roumyana Pancheva (University of Southern California)
Hans Kamp (Stuttgart University/University of Texas at Austin)
Corien Bary (Radboud University Nijmegen)

Daniel Altshuler, Daniel Hole and Sergei Tatevosov

More information:

Programme Committee:

Lev Beklemishev (Steklov Mathematical Institute, Moscow)
Nick Bezhanishvili (Chair, Utrecht University)
Dion Coumans (Radboud University Nijmegen)
Frans Groen (University of Amsterdam)
Wiebe van der Hoek (University of Liverpool)
Daniel Hole (University of Stuttgart)
Clemens Kupke (University of Oxford)
Sebastian Loebner (University of Duesseldorff)
Larry Moss (Indiana University)
Prakash Panangaden (McGill University)
Floris Roelofsen (University of Amsterdam)
Susan Rothstein (Bar-Ilan University)
Luca Spada (University of Salerno)


Post-proceedings of the symposium will be published in the LNCS series of Springer.


Submission deadline: May 1, 2013
Notification: July 1, 2013
Final abstracts due: August 1, 2013
Registration deadline: September 1, 2013
Symposium: September 23-27, 2013

Programme and submission details can be found at: