27 April 2014

Caroline Heycock speaks tomorrow

Caroline Heycock (University of Edinburgh, and inaugural syntax guru) will speak in Rajesh Bhatt’s seminar tomorrow (Monday, April 28) in the Partee room at 4PM. The title of her talk is “What copular clauses might tell us about agreement (and vice versa).” An abstract follows. 

In Andrea Moro's influential 1997 book on copular clauses, the
agreement found in English specificational copular clauses was
contrasted with that in their Italian counterparts:

1. a.  The culprit *am/is me.
   b.  Il colpevole sono/*è io
        the culprit    am/*is I

Moro attributes this difference to the pro-drop status of Italian, but
den Dikken (1998) already showed that this explanation would not
extend to what appears to be a similar pattern in Dutch and German.
In more recent work (den Dikken 2013) it is argued that obligatory
agreement with the second DP in Dutch in number, but not person,
follows from—among other premisses—the predicate inversion analysis of
specificational copular clauses, given the assumption that predicates
do not have phi-features.

In this talk I will present current work, most of it done in
collaboration with Jutta Hartmann (Tübingen), in which we have begun
to explore the agreement possibilities of these sentences in a number
of different Germanic languages. I will discuss some of the variation
that we have found within Dutch, German, and Faroese, some of which we
attribute to the possibility of an agreement probe in C that is
independent of the probe in T. I will also present evidence that the
agreement facts actually do not support an predicate inversion
analysis—but that at least under one analysis they do support the
involvement of inversion.

PRG tomorrow evening

Ivy Hauser and Carol Hughto write:

The last PRG meeting of the semester will take place this coming Monday, 4/28 at 7p.  We plan to have an informal gathering at Amanda's house and we can discuss last week of class p-side related things (final projects, what happened at RUMMIT, etc.).  We will of course have dinner.  As always, everyone is welcome!

Deniz Ozyildiz at WAFL 10

Graduate student Deniz Ozyildiz has a poster at the Workshop on Altaic Formal Linguistics, which meets this weekend (May 2-4) at MIT. His poster is entitled “Turkish possessives are not exceptional.” For more information, go here.

Ricki Cohen in the digital Humanities

Linguistics major Ricki Cohen was featured at a showcase of student work on the digital humanities last Thursday, April 23, in Herer Hall. Ms Cohen’s program that analyzes proverbs and generates potentially new ones was one of four projects that were presented.

Pearson at Broader Impacts Summit

Barbara Pearson presented a poster at the Broader Impacts Infrastructure Summit April 16-18 in Arlington, VA. You can learn more here.

Tonal Spaces

Kristine Yu writes:

I'm pleased to announce a workshop on tonal spaces on June 2-3 at UMASS, sponsored by the Mellon Foundation Mutual Mentoring Grant for building a prosody community. We'll have the following invited speakers (with some preliminary talk titles given below):

Christian DiCanio, Haskins Laboratories/University at Buffalo (SUNY)
James Kirby, University of Edinburgh
John Kingston, University of Massachusetts
Jianjing Kuang, University of Pennsylvania
Mark Liberman, University of Pennsylvania: Tone without pitch
Bert Remijsen, University of Edinburgh: Further evidence for contrastive alignment in falling contours
Yi Xu, University College London: Articulatory dynamics of tone production and articulatory- and learning-based computational modelling

Registration open for ESSLLI 2014

The registration for the 26th European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information (ESSLLI 2014) is now open. ESSLLI 2014 will be held in Tübingen, Germany, August 11-22, 2014.

In order to register, go to http://www.esslli2014.info/registration/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.

The ESSLLI Organizing Committee is pleased to be able to offer a limited number of waivers of participation fees and student travel grants to highly motivated and talented students. Preferences will be given to students who actively participate in the Student Session. See more details at: http://esslli2014.info/registration/grant-information