30 September 2013

Workshop on the Acquisition of Quantification

The Linguistics Department will be hosting a workshop on the acquisition of quantification on Friday and Saturday in the Math lounge (Graduate center). Alumni Angeliek Van Hout, Bart Hollebrandse and Gennaro Chierchia have papers, as do locals Tom Roeper, Jill and Peter de Villiers, Amanda Rizun, Jeremy Hartman, Seth Cable, Rama Novogrodsky, and Magda Oiry. There are invited talks by Julien Musolino and Martin Hackl. 

Schedule and information can be found at http://blogs.umass.edu/moiry/workshop-quantification/

29 September 2013

Assistant Professor Position at Hampshire College

Joanna Morris from Hampshire College writes:

Hampshire College, an independent, innovative liberal arts institution, is accepting applications for an Assistant Professor of Linguistics in the School of Cognitive Science. The position carries a 4-course per year teaching load and also includes supervision of undergraduate concentrations and thesis projects. The area of specialization is open. We are particularly interested in candidates who have successful records in undergraduate teaching and who can make connections across the cognitive or neural sciences.

Hampshire College, located in Amherst, MA, is a member of the Five Colleges, Incorporated, a nonprofit educational consortium established in 1965 to promote the broad educational and cultural objectives of its member institutions which, along with Hampshire, include Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

The consortium fosters close academic collaboration, and facilitates intellectual communities and broad curricular and co-curricular offerings.  All members of the consortium benefit from the shared use of educational and cultural resources and facilities, including a joint automated library system. Students are allowed to register for nearly any course offered on any of the five campuses.

Hampshire's unique academic program requires that students work closely with a faculty committee to design and carry out a personalized course of study, the concentration.  A concentration may range from a plan of study similar to that of a traditional college major to a highly individualized program of study that encompasses several disciplines or areas of conceptual thought and understanding.   There are no courses that are required of all students, and faculty are encouraged to develop innovative interdisciplinary courses that introduce students to their intellectual passions and that explore new, cutting edge areas of scholarship.

The review of applications will begin November 1, 2013 and continue until the position is filled.  A Ph.D. is required at time of appointment, July 1, 2014. Hampshire College offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits. Applicants should submit the following: 1) letter of application; 2) curriculum vita; 3) teaching statement with descriptions of potential courses; 4) research statement and 5) three professional references via our website at http://jobs.hampshire.edu/

Hampshire College is an equal opportunity institution, committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community and strongly encourages applications from women and minority candidates.

PRG on Thursday

Claire Moore-Cantwell writes:

PRG will meet on October 3, 7:30pm, chez Ivy.  We will be 
discussing Robert's paper which he is planning to submit to Phonology.  
Further details to follow.

A Language Acquisition position at Boston University

Boston University is currently searching for an Assistant Professor specializing in language acquisition and linguistic theory, and will be conducting interviews at the BUCLD and LSA meetings for applicants in attendance. The application deadline is OCTOBER 1.

For more information: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/2803

Kai von Fintel on howtobecomeaprofessor.com

UMass Alumnus and MIT's Associate Dean of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Kai von Fintel is interviewed about how to be come a linguist. Check it out here.

Call for papers: SALT

Semantics and Linguistic Theory (SALT) 24 will be hosted by the Linguistics Department of New York University on May 30 through June 1, 2014.

Invited Speakers:

    Emmanuel Chemla (ENS)

    Valentine Hacquard (Maryland)

    Lauri Karttunen (Stanford)

    Sarah Moss (Michigan)

The conference will be preceded by a series of tutorials on Formal Semantics Beyond Spoken Language, on May 29.

The abstract submission deadline is Monday, December 2, 2013, 11:59 pm EST. We expect to make notifications of acceptance in late February.

Detailed instructions are available at: http://www.nyu.edu/salt2014

Please direct inquiries to salt2014inquiry@gmail.com or reply to this message.

BUCLD Registration open

38th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development

November 1-3, 2013

Keynote Speaker:

Elena Lieven, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology / University of Manchester

Plenary Speaker: 

CANCELED: Heather van der Lely, Harvard University

Unfortunately, Heather van der Lely's plenary address has been cancelled for health reasons. We regret that we cannot hear her address and wish her the best in recovery.


Saturday - 'Resolving A Learnability Paradox in the Acquisition of Verb Argument Structure: What have we learned in the last 25 years'

Ben Ambridge (University of Liverpool) (organizer)
Adele Goldberg (Princeton University)
Joshua Hartshorne (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) & Jesse Snedeker (Harvard University)
Steven Pinker (Harvard University) 

Sunday - 'A new approach to language learning: filtering through the processor'

Helen Goodluck (University of York) (organizer)
Lyn Frazier (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
Colin Phillips (University of Maryland, College Park)

We would like to remind you that the deadline to pre-register for BUCLD 38 is Tuesday, October 23, 2013. By pre-registering not only will you receive a reduced rate for the conference, but you will also be able to check-in at the registration desk quickly and proceed to the various exciting talks without waiting in line. Regular full-price registration will continue to be available online from Thursday, October 24 through Tuesday, October 29. To register, please visit the following website:


For general information on the conference including the full schedule, please visit:


Also, you can register for the Society for Language Development Symposium "Mechanisms of Word Learning" on Thursday October 31, 1-6pm through our website. The SLD would also like to announce their student award. Please see their website for more information:


Johnson in Leipzig

Kyle Johnson is giving a talk entitled "The Empty Category Principle and linearization" at the 28th Comparative Germanic Syntax Workshop Saturday, October 5 at the University of Leipzig. The Workshop's website is here.