21 May 2013

Rajesh Bhatt returns as UC Guru

Rajesh Bhatt spent last week as the inaugural linguistics guru at the University of Chicago. WHISC has learned that several members of the University Chicago linguistics community report enlightenment.

Call for abstracts: Workshop on the Acquisition of Quantification

UMass will sponsor a Workshop on the Acquisition of Quantification October 4-5 2013. The call for abstracts is below.

Website: http://blogs.umass.edu/moiry/workshop-quantification/

Invited Speakers:

Martin Hackl (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Julien Musolino (Rutgers University)
William Philip (University of Utrecht)

We invite abstracts for 20-minute talks and poster presentations on all aspects of quantification in first and second language acquisition, bilingualism, and language disorders. Abstracts should not exceed 2 pages, including data and references, and should be submitted online via the EasyAbs system (http://linguistlist.org/easyabs/Quantification).

Deadline for submission: July 1, 2013
Notification of acceptance: Before August 15, 2013

Organizing committee: Luiz Amaral, Michael Clauss, Jeremy Hartman, Barbara Pearson, Magda Oiry, Tom Roeper.

Meeting email: acquisition workshop at linguist.umass.edu

Michael Becker goes to Stony Brook

In the Fall, Michael Becker will be moving from a tenure-track job in
the Linguistics Department at Indiana University to at tenure-track
job in the Linguistics Department at Stony Brook University.
Congratulations, Michael, and welcome back to the Atlantic Ocean!

Workshop on Prosody in Sentence Processing next week

There will be a Workshop on Explicit and Implicit Prosody in Sentence Processing on May 30 and 31 in 1634 Lederle Graduate Research Center.  Mara Breen from Mt. Holyoke will be presenting a paper as will UMass regulars Adrian Staub, Chuck Clifton, Kristine Yu and Ilaria Frana.  For a schedule, click here.

Anisa Schardl goes to Swarthmore

Anisa Schardl has accepted a one-year position teaching at Swarthmore in the Fall. Congratulations Anisa!

Recursion in Brazilian Languages and Beyond project

LARC  is one of the sponsoring organizers of the Recursion in Brazilian Languages and Beyond conference, which will take place in the first week of August in Rio de Janeiro. UMass alumni Ana Perez-Leroux, Bart Hollebrandse will give papers, as will Jon Nelson, Luiz Amaral, and Suzi Lima. Tom Roeper gives one of the Keynotes: "Recursion typology and the Acquisition Path." Tom Roeper writes that there will be a small institute with courses associated with the conference that Luiz Amaral, Ana Perez-Leroux, Uli Sauerland and Tom Roeper will be teaching at.
For more information, go to:

Anisa in Iceland and a call for abstracts to a workshop on Heritage languages


Anisa Schardl writes:

Last week, I gave a talk at the 25th Scandinavian Conference of Linguistics at the University of Iceland.  Link to the program:


Andries Coetzee was also there.  I've attached photographic evidence.

P.S.  Maybe other people want to go to Iceland?  There is going to be a
workshop on heritage languages in the Americas.  Abstracts are due by the end of the month.


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Roeper in Irvine

Tom Roeper gave a talk on May 8th at the Cognitive Science Center at the University of California, Irvine entitled "How Interfaces Guide Acquisition: frequency, recursion, and the Strong Minimalist Thesis."