02 November 2014

Abstract Writing Workshop

Seth Cable and Jeremy Hartman will be conducting an abstract writing workshop as part of the Fall Professional Development series Monday, November 3, in N400 (the seminar hub). The workshop starts at 10AM.

PRG tomorrow

Ivy and Coral write:

PRG will be meeting this Monday 11/3 at 7:30pm.  Presley will be discussing her work with experimental software development.  Presley also volunteered to host us but she has already hosted the meeting before last.  If anyone else would like to host let us know!  

Please RSVP so we will know how much food to get. 

Workshop on Recursion on Wednesday

Workshop on Recursion


Wednesday November 5, 2014

N400 ILC

Everyone is invited to a small workshop on Recursion and Experimentation (with work from Dutch, Japanese, Wapachana, Spanish, English)


a) to contrast experiments in different languages and different methods

b) see if Abstract Triggers can be made experimentally clear.

1:00-1:15 Introduction and Question Agenda (bring your questions) on experimentation, bilingualism, pedagogy 100-115 

1:15-1:45 Bart Hollebrandse (University of Groningen): Recursion in NEMO! (Amsterdam Library Results)

1:45-2:15 Jon Nelson (UMass) 'L1 and L2 PP recursion--experimental ideas and observations'

2:15-2:45 Terue Nakato (Kitasato University): Multiple No's in Japanese: Is Recursion Difficult for Children?


3:15-3:45 Ana Perez   (Uniersity of Toronto) The acquisition of the varieties of recursion: Preliminary remarks  

3:45-4:15 Luiz Amaral  (UMass) Recursion in Wapachana   3:15-3:45 

4:15-4:30 Tom Roeper (UMass) Comments on talks: Connecting Theory and  Experiment. Are there Abstract Triggers for Recurison?         

4:30-5:15   General discussion: 4:15-5:15 (including Piraha Researchers on skype)  

What challenges exist for extending experimentsacross languages?Is bilingualism a special challenge for recursion?Does pedagogy follow from good experiments?

Pizza dinner at Tom’s house at 6:30. All are welcome!

Kratzer at Pronouns Workshop

Angelika Kratzer is an invited speaker at workshop at Tübingen University November 7-9. The Workshop is the second in a series of meetings that Tübingen has hosted on pronouns. This one focuses on “pronouns in embedded contexts at the syntax-semantics interface."

SSRG on Thursday

At 7:30, Thursday, November 6, SSRG will be meeting in Northampton to present papers from Syntax. If you haven’t claimed an article to present, you can still do so here.

Kansas University's Linguistics Department

The Linguistics Department at KU has undergone significant changes in the past decade to position itself as a unique program that unites linguistic theory and experimental research. We have particular strengths in experimental phonetics and phonology, first and second language acquisition, developmental psycholinguistics, second language psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics, the cognitive neuroscience of language, linguistic fieldwork, and theoretical syntax and semantics. Our faculty members and graduate students study a broad range of languages including understudied language varieties in Asia, Africa, and the Americas. The department has six active research labs, which have all successfully competed for external funding and provide support for graduate studies. The department has both head-mounted and remote eye trackers, an EEG laboratory, and on the KU medical center campus, cortical MEG, fetal MEG and MRI systems. We offer both M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. We invite you to explore our graduate degree program further at our website: http://linguistics.ku.edu/


The Linguistics Department is able to offer financial support in the form of fellowships and graduate teaching or research assistantships. In the 2015-2016 academic year we will be able to award one Chancellor’s Fellowship, a prestigious award administered by KU for which there are only six each year, which offers a generous funding package for 5 years of doctoral study. Multi-year funding packages will also be available for students who can serve as Graduate Research Assistants on two funded grant projects: a project on prosody and second language speech segmentation (directed by Dr. Annie Tremblay, atrembla@ku.edu) and a project on tone sandhi in Chinese dialects  (directed by Dr. Jie Zhang, zhang@ku.edu).

Students who are interested in these research positions should contact these faculty members directly. In addition, funding will be available on a competitive basis for other fellowships and Graduate Teaching Assistantships in the department. All applicants will be automatically considered for these awards.


Recent Ph.D. graduates of our program have enjoyed successful job placement as postdoctoral researchers and tenure-track professors at a variety of institutions around the world. Recent graduates have attained postdoctoral positions at universities such the University of Chicago, New York University, University of Reading, the Basque Center on Brain, Cognition, and Language, and tenure-track appointments at colleges and universities such as Indiana University, Mississippi State University, Harding College, Hankyung National University in Korea, and the University of Costa Rica. 

Lawrence, KS 

Lawrence is a dynamic college town located 45 minutes from downtown Kansas City. We have an art theatre, a local brewery, multiple museums, great coffee shops, several natural foods grocers, many farmers markets, and the most amazing sunflower fields you will ever see. 


Information on admission requirements is available at: https://linguistics.ku.edu/admission

The deadline to apply for the Fall 2015 semester is January 1, 2015.  

If you have questions, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Alison Gabriele at gabriele@ku.edu. 

UMass at BUCLD

This weekend Boston University hosts the Thirty Ninth annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. UMass is represented by:

A. Aravind and Jill de Villiers (poster) "Implicit alternatives insufficient for children's SIs with some"

Suzi Lima, P. Li and J. Snedeker ``Acquiring the denotation of object-denoting nouns in a language without partitives.''

A. Pace, P. Yust, J. de Villiers, A. Iglesias, M. Wilson, K. Hirsh-Pasek, R. Golinkoff, A. Takahesu Tabori, K. Strother-Garcia, K. Ridge: Examining the Validity of a Computer-Based Language Assessment for Preschool Children

Mike Clauss ``The Syntax and Semantics of Free Relative Clauses in Child English.''

Valentina Brunetto and Tom Roeper: "Are rare constructions late in acquisition? The case of near-reflexivity"

C. Lindenbergh, A. van Hout, B. Hollebrandse: "The acquisition of sentence ellipsis in Dutch preschoolers"

S. Shittu and Ann-Michelle Tessier: "Perceptual attrition of lexical tone among L1 Yoruba-speaking children in Canada"

A. Perez-Leroux, A. Castilla-Earls, T. Peterson, D. Massam, S. Bejar: "Children’s acquisition of complex modification"

B. Zurer Pearson: "Linguistic and pragmatic ambiguity in quantified expressions: Implications for mathematics teaching and testing of monolingual and bilingual students"