26 October 2014

Emmanuel Chemla speaks tomorrow

Emmanuel Chemla (Institut Jean Nicod and École Normale Supérieure) will give the last of his three lectures tomorrow, October 27, at 4:00 in the seminar hub (ILC N400). He will present joint work with Lewis Bott, Mora Maldonado and Benjamin Spector which uses priming studies to investigate linguistic representations and operations. His talk is presented in conjunction with Lyn Frazier and Brian Dillon’s joint seminar.

UMass at NELS 45

The Forty Fifth annual meeting of the North East Linguistic Society is being hosted by MIT Friday, Oct. 31 to Sunday, November 2. UMass is well represented by past and present students. 


alumna Amy Rose Deal is giving "Properties of probes: Evidence from Nez Perce complementizer agreement"

alumnus Andrew Weir is giving "Fragment answers in English: A PF-movement account"

Alumnus Florian Schwarz, along with Lynda Kennedy, Jacopo Romoli, Cory Bill, Stephen Crain and Rafaella Folli is giving "Scalar implicatures vs. presuppositions: The view from Broca’s aphasia"

alumna Karen Jesney is giving "Counterbled-Counterfeeding in Harmonic Grammar"


Megan Somerday is giving "(Some) partial reduplication is full reduplication"


alumnus Keir Moulton along with Nino Grillo is giving "Pseudo-relatives: Big but transparent"

alumna Ana Pérez-Leroux along with Tyler Peterson, Anny Castilla-Earls, Susan Béjar and Diane Massam is giving "Structural complexity and the acquisition of recursive locative PPs"

Jason Overfelt is giving "Cyclic Linearization and constraints on remnant movement"

Ethan Poole is giving "Deconstructing quirky subjects"

Aleksei Nazarov is giving "Non-maximal feet as reduction domains in Dutch"

Seth Cable is giving "Semantics of graded tense in complement clauses: Evidence that future is not a tense"

For more information, go here.

Call for papers: 39th Penn Linguistics Conference

Papers on any topic in linguistics and associated fields are welcome, including, but not limited to, phonology, syntax, semantics, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, pragmatics, and sign languages.

Abstracts are due by November 14, 2014. Notification of acceptance/rejection will be given by January 23, 2015.

PLC39 will be held on March 20-22, 2015 on the Univ. of Pennsylvania campus in Philadelphia. For more information please visit the PLC website: http://www.ling.upenn.edu/Events/PLC/

Writing Effective Grant Proposals: Part 1

On Friday, October 31, the Office of Professional Development is giving the first of a two-part workshop on writing effect grant proposals. This two-hour workshop starts at 10AM in 917 Campus Center. The second session takes place on November 7, and participants are expected to attend both sessions. Pre-registration is required.

For more information, and for the other events that the Office of Professional Development has this week, go here.

Call for papers: 6th annual QUEUC

Undergraduate students are invited to submit essays for the sixth annual QUEUC. The Quebec Universities English Undergraduate Conference is the largest of its kind in Canada, with previous delegates from coast to coast, and has now reached an international level with delegates from the United States.

Bishop’s University will host the conference, in Sherbrooke, on March 13-14, 2015.  

The deadline for students to submit essays is Jan. 16, 2015.
Successful submissions will be top-quality research essays of 7-8 pages. Papers from all fields of literary and critical theory will be considered. Students from all areas of study within the Humanities and Social Sciences, not just English, are encouraged to submit.
In addition to two days of engaging panels, QUEUC 2015 includes a range of exciting events such as an English-themed Cranium night, a wine and cheese, a plenary speaker, and themed events. The deadline to register as a presenter or a delegate is March 1, 2015.


Since its inception in 2009, QUEUC has blossomed into the most successful English Undergraduate conference in Canada. QUEUC’s mission is to enable students from across Canada to connect and share their research in a comfortable, collaborative environment that fosters the pursuit of knowledge and the love of learning. This is a chance to network, build connections, and encounter different worldviews and perspectives all while highlighting undergraduate academia and scholarship.


If you have any questions, please contact us at queuc@ubishops.ca. Check out our website for information about how to submit papers, how to register, and to answer all your burning questions: http://www.ubishops.ca/queuc/  

Area Workshops

Here’s a rundown of this week’s activities in the area workshops.

Semantics Workshop: Wednesday, 12:20-1:20, ILC N451

This meeting is the second, and final, session concentrating on abstract writing.

Psycholing Workshop(s)

Psycholinguistics workshop has two meetings this week. On Tuesday evening (10/28) we will meet at Brian's house (17 Union Street, Northampton) at 7pm. Alex Drummond will talk to us about Ibex Farm 2.0, an update to the web-based experimental software Ibex. On Thursday afternoon (3pm in ILC N400), John Kingston will talk about Detection Theory.

Syntax Workshop: Thursday 4:00-5:00, ILC N451

David Erschler will be discussing Benjamin Bruening's recent paper  "Precede and Command Revisited" (Language 90(2)). It can be downloaded here.

Sound Workshop: Thursday, 1:00-2:15, ILC N451

In this week's Sound Workshop, Ivy Hauser and Coral Hughto will present their ideas for the GPs. Those interested in preparing for Ivy's presentation may wish to read:
Schwartz, J.-L., Boe, L.-J., Badin, P., & Sawallis, T. R. (2012). Grounding stop place systems in the perceptuo-motor substance of speech: On the universality of the labial-coronal-velar stop series. Journal of Phonetics, 40.1, 20-36.

Visiting position in Japanese and Linguistics

The Department of Asian Studies at Williams College invites applications for athree-year open-rank full-time visiting position in Japanese and linguistics beginning September 2015. The successful candidate will teach five courses over two semesters, including at least three language courses. We welcome candidates who can teach all levels of Japanese language and also contribute courses on Japanese linguistics or related topics (taught in English) to the broader curriculum. Minimum requirements include native or near-native proficiency in Japanese; Ph.D. or ABD; strong teaching experience at the college level; and ability to teach all levels of language courses in close coordination with departmental colleagues. All offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a background check. Further information is available here: http://dean- faculty.williams.edu/prospective-faculty/background-check-policy/.

To apply, please submit letter of application, curriculum vitae and 3 recommendations. Candidates are recommended to submit a link to a sample video clip of language teaching in Japanese. The deadline to submit application materials is January 1, 2015. More information at http://apply.interfolio.com/26736

Williams College is a coeducational liberal arts institution located in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts. The college has built its reputation on outstanding teaching and scholarship and on the academic excellence of its approximately 2,000 students. Please visit the Williams College website (http://www.williams.edu). Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non- discrimination, Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn, and thrive.

Halloween prices

The Candy Monster writes:

We are swift approaching Halloween and the cheap candy that follows in its wake, so I felt this would be a good time to remind everyone that the continued presence of candy in the department depends on the satiation of a certain ceramic pig. If you have spare change lying around, now would be an excellent time to free yourself from the hassle of counting it; we will also happily take cash donations as well. The pig has been unhappily hungry of late, and the goal is make a sizable purchase right after Halloween.

jobs for linguists

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A full listing of our openings can be found on our Careers Page (www.ixl.com/jobs).