26 January 2014

SRG meets on Thursday

Jason Overfelt writes:

Please join us this Thursday at 6:30pm for our first meeting of the Syntax/Semantics Reading Group.  In addition to planning for this semester, Jason Overfelt will lead a discussion about the implications of some novel data on Extraposition from NP structures.  We will be meeting at Sakshi and Jyoti's place at 5 Fruit Street in Northampton. Please bring $5 for pizza or your own dinner.

Call for papers: Exploring the Interface

Exploring the Interfaces 3: Prosody and Constituent Structure

Abstract submission deadline: February 28, 2014

Notification of Acceptance: March 10, 2014

Conference: May 8-10, 2014

Exploring the Interfaces (ETI) 3 will take place at McGill University  from May 8-10, 2014. This workshop will be the last of three workshops  organized by the McGill Syntactic Interfaces Research Group (McSIRG)  as part of a multi-year grant to study linguistic interfaces.  Following ETI 1 (Word structure) and ETI 2 (Implicatures, alternatives  and the semantics/pragmatics interface), the topic of ETI 3 will be  'Prosody and Constituent Structure'.

In particular, ETI 3 will deal with issues surrounding prosodic and  phonological evidence for syntactic constituent structure, with a  focus on verb-initial languages.

Goals of the Workshop:

- To bring together researchers working on issues at the  syntax-phonology interface (e.g. syntactic constituency, prosodic  effects on word order) from the perspectives of syntax, prosody, and  phonology/phonetics

- To bring together researchers working on a variety of different  languages, with an emphasis on languages with default verb-initial  word order

- To encourage communication and discussion about methodologies that  can be used for the empirical study of prosody and thesyntax-phonology interface

Invited Speakers:
Judith Aissen (UC Santa Cruz)

Sasha Calhoun (Victoria University of Wellington)

Lauren Eby Clemens (Harvard)

Emily Elfner (McGill)

Jim McCloskey (UC Santa Cruz)

Norvin Richards (MIT)

Joey Sabbagh (UT Arlington)

Kristine Yu (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

Methods Tutorials:
In addition to the regular session, we will have two tutorials on  local technological tools for fieldwork, with special reference to  fieldwork on prosody:

- Tutorial 1: Automatic Acoustic Alignment in Underdocumented Languages

- Tutorial 2: LingSync: An Online Tool for Field Work

Call for Papers:
In addition to eight invited speakers, we are accepting abstracts for  a limited number of additional talks (30 minutes + 10 minutes  discussion) and posters. We particularly welcome papers which address  the following questions:

- What can prosodic and phonological evidence tell us about syntactic  constituent structure?

- To what extent do syntactic, phonological and prosodic evidence  agree with one another regarding constituent structure?

- What is the role of prosody in determining word order?

- Can prosodic and phonological evidence be used to help distinguish  between competing syntactic accounts of how word order is derived?

We welcome abstracts dealing with these topics in any language, but  would particularly welcome abstracts on verb-initial languages in  keeping with the theme of the conference.

Abstracts should be anonymous and no longer than 500 words (including  examples, but not counting title or references), and should be  submitted in PDF format on the following easychair site by February  28, 2014:

Please indicate on the form whether you would prefer an oral  presentation, a poster presentation, or whether either would be  acceptable. By default, we will first consider you for an oral  presentation. Additionally, we hope to have some funding available to  supplement travel costs for student presenters.

Questions may be directed to eti3.mcgill@gmail.com.

Sound Workshop schedule

Kristine Yu writes:

Here is the current sound workshop schedule for Spring semester, whichwill be kept up to date as the semester progresses. Future internalannouncements about the workshop will be sent to the ling-sound list here.

Call for Papers: Workshop on Aspect and Argument Structure

Workshop on Aspect and Argument Structure of Adverbs and Prepositions

TROMSØ, 12-13 JUNE 2014

Call Deadline: 15-Feb-2014

We invite submissions for 30 minute presentations (+10 of discussion) on any of these topics. If we get a high number of submissions, those that obtain a high score but cannot make it into the general session will be considered for a poster session. Abstracts should not be longer than two pages, including examples, tables, figures and references, and should be submitted to: waasaptwo@gmail.com 

Deadline for submission: 15 February 2014

Deadline for notification of acceptance: 11 April 2014 

Workshop: 12-13 June 2014, University of Tromsø 

In this workshop we would like to contribute to a better understanding of the nature of prepositions and adverbs and the limits between arguments and adjuncts by gathering researchers working on different aspects of argument structure and aspect of adverbs and prepositions.  The questions we are interested in include, but are not restricted to, the following: 

- Can inner and outer aspect primitives be reduced to the same prepositional-like elements? 

- The argument structure of PPs: What are the theta-roles             associated to Ps, and how is it different or similar to those of verbs?

- How rich is the internal structure of PPs and what correlations can be established between levels of complexity, argument structure and aspect?

- Is the internal structure of PPs similar, in terms of argument structure, to a split VP? - Can Ps define events by themselves?

- How do prepositions contribute to the definition of internal aspect in verbs and adjectives?

- What is the role of prepositions inside verbal periphrases?

- Choice of P and the semantic interpretation of the argument introduced by P 

- Adverbs and adverbial phrases as diagnostics for aspectual properties

- The internal structure of adverbs and the definition of their internal aspectual properties

- The position of adverbs and the interpretation of arguments

- NPs behaving as adverbs (Larson 1985) and adjuncts. What are the limits between arguments and adjuncts, and between nouns and adverbs, in terms or referentiality, modificability, etc.?

- What defines an adverb? What are the relevant subclasses of adverbs for grammar?

- Adverbs as arguments of verbs: Under which circumstances can an adverb be an argument of a verb?

- Adverbs as derived categories: Do adverbs inherit nominal or adjectival properties of their morphological bases?

- Vocatives in the limit between arguments and adjuncts, nouns and adverbs 

Keynote Speakers: 
Peter Svenonius (CASTL, Universitetet i Tromsø) M. Teresa Espinal (CLT, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) 

Call for papers: Manchester Phonology Meeting

Twenty-Second Manchester Phonology Meeting
29-31 MAY 2014

Deadline for abstracts: 10th February 2014

Special session: 'Epenthesis', featuring:* Iris Berent (Northeastern University)* Louis Goldstein (University of Southern California)* Nancy Hall (California State University, Long Beach)* Christian Uffmann (University of Duesseldorf)

Held at Hulme Hall, Manchester, England. Organised through a collaboration of phonologists at the University of Edinburgh, the University of Manchester, and elsewhere.
Conference website: http://www.lel.ed.ac.uk/mfm/22mfm.html

From the description of the conference:

We are pleased to announce the Twenty-Second Manchester Phonology Meeting (22mfm). The mfm is the UK's annual phonology conference, with an international set of organisers. It is held in late May every year in Manchester (central in the UK, and with excellent international transport connections). The meeting has become a key conference for phonologists from all over the world, where anyone who declares themselves to be interested in phonology can submit an abstract on anything phonological in any phonological framework. In an informal atmosphere, we discuss a broad range of topics, including the phonological description of languages, issues in phonological theory, aspects of phonological acquisition and implications of phonological change.

About Submissions:

* There is no obligatory conference theme for the 22mfm - abstracts can be submitted on anything phonological.

* We are using the Linguist List's EasyAbstracts system for abstract submission. Abstracts should be uploaded to the 22mfm's page on the EasyAbstracts site by 10th February 2014:- http://linguistlist.org/easyabs/22mfm

* Full papers will last around 25 minutes with around 5 minutes for questions, and there will be a high-profile poster session lasting one and a half hours. When you submit your abstract, you will be asked to indicate whether you would be prepared to present your work (i) either as a talk or a poster paper or (ii) only as a poster.

*See conference website for important additional details.

Workshop on Gradability and Quantity

The 'McGill/MIT Workshop on Gradability and Quantity in Language and  the Brain' is a two day workshop that brings together a group of  neuroscientists with an interest in language and a group of  experimental and formal linguists interested in the brain, in an  attempt to enhance the dialogue between the linguistic and the  neurophysiological cultures, and help to close the gap between these  two growing groups of researchers. The theme of the workshop is  centered on aspects of gradability and quantity as it pertains to the  cognitive domains of Number, Space, and Time.

The Workshop meets this Friday and Saturday (Jan. 31- Feb. 1) at MIT 32-141. The workshop is open and all are welcome to attend.  For more information about the schedule and talks, go here.


Magda Oiry writes:

Starting this semester, the Language Acquisition Research Center will be meeting every other Thursdays at 9:30.

Our first meeting was last Thursday, where Maria Turrero-Garcia from LLC Spanish linguistics presented her current experimental ideas to test wh-islands acquisition by L2 speakers of Spanish / L1 English.

Roeper at the Roeper High School

Tom Roeper writes:

 I just returned from Michigan where I spoke to the Roeper High School Linguistics club on "the Recursion controversy in Brazil and its social consequences" on Jan 15th.  The Piraha indian community would like the government   to build them a schoolhouse, but the local officials (not federal) refused saying "Why should we build the Piraha a school, they can't learn". The Roeper Amnesty  International Club is collecting letters from children in support of the PIraha children.  At the same time, a number of indian leaders of many tribes in the area have been killed, most recently on December 3rd.  Three outsiders disappeared, and the indians were blamed.  The local FUNAI (indian affairs office) was burned down.  Every kind of support for the indian groups is particularlyimportant now.  Anyone interested could speak to me.

Colloquium schedule change

Mike Clauss writes:

One addendum to the colloq schedule: Jason Merchant won't be coming on 3/14, but rather on 4/18. This will work better for those who will be going to the CUNY conference and are also interested in Merchant's talk.