23 November 2014

CUNY abstract fest on Tuesday

The postponed CUNY abstract fest will happen on Tuesday, November 25, a Brian Dillon’s house. Proceedings will start at 7:30. If you’ve not already given Shayne Sloggett the abstract you would like to go over, bring hard copies.

Harris named President-Elect of the LSA

Alice Harris has been elected Vice President of the Linguistic Society of America. Her tenure as Vice President will begin in 2015 and end in 2016, when she will be elevated to President of the LSA. For more on this story, go here.

Congratulations Alice!

Pearson and Roeper at ASHA

Barbara Zurer Pearson and Tom Roeper had a seminar at the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) annual meeting November 22 in Orlando. The seminar was entitled "Evidence-based Therapy Materials to Foster School Language in 4- to 9-year-old Children from DIverse Backgrounds,”  and it was in cooperation with  co-authors  Frenette Southwood, and Ondene van Dulm. Frenette and Ondene translated the DELV (DIagnostic Evaluation of Language Variation, Seymour, Roeper & de Villiers, 2005) into Afrikaans and also published a series of therapy materials in English and Afrikaans to accompany the tests, adding materials on Binding, Ellipsis, and Conjunctions to a selection of DELV topics including complex WH-questions, Quantifiers, Articles, Passives, Narrative, and Role-taking.      One purpose is to continue to bring the DELV and its linguistics focus to an audience of speech-language practitioners and researchers. 

Chateaubriand Fellowship - Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS)

HSS Chateaubriand is a fellowship program offered by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the US.

It targets outstanding Ph.D. students from American universities who seek to engage in research in France, in any discipline of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

HSS Chateaubriand fellows are selected through a merit-based competition, through a binational collaborative process involving expert evaluators from both countries.

HSS Chateaubriand grantees are applicants who answer the program’s criteria of excellence and whose sojourn in France will support the program’s philosophy. The HSS Chateaubriand fellowship program’s purpose is to foster bilateral cooperation at Ph.D. and research level, and to build and strengthen bridges between our two nations.

All application materials are due on January 20th 2015 for the following academic year - 2015/2016.

For more information, go here: http://humanities.chateaubriand-fellowship.org/

Fodor's book

Lyn Frazier writes:

Janet Fodor gave a colloquium on November 14, 2014: What parsers want from grammars?

At the post-colloquium party, she was presented with a mock-up of a forthcoming book "Explicit and implicit prosody in sentence processing" dedicated to her, and created in her honor.


Call for papers: BU Grad Student Conference in African Studies

Boston University’s Graduate Student Conference in African Studies will be celebrating its 23rd consecutive event.  This year’s conference will feature the work of emerging graduate scholars engaging Africa from a variety of disciplines and focusing on global perspectives.  The 2015 conference will be held at Boston University, March 27-28th.  The application deadline will be February 1, 2015.

We invite rigorous graduate student papers that examine Africa’s past, present and future, exhibit methodological innovation, and/or yield fresh interpretative insights.  Participation is commonly drawn from across the academic spectrum: Anthropology, Art History, Cultural Studies, Economics, Ecology and Environment, Geography, Global Health, History, International Relations, Law, Literature, Media Studies, Musicology, Policy, Political Science, Religion, and Sociology.

For twenty-three years, masters and doctoral students from around the world have made this conference a valuable opportunity to expand peer-to-peer academic networks and present ongoing research.  We strongly encourage graduate students who present a paper to plan on attending the entire conference, as presenters rely on student feedback to make the most of their experience.

A $25 conference fee is payable upon on-site registration.  The fee includes dinner on March 27th and breakfast/lunch on March 28th. 

To Apply

Submit a 400-word abstract to ASCGradConference2015@gmail.com by February 1, 2015.  Please also include your name, address, telephone number, email address, and institutional affiliation in the email. For more information, please email the address listed above or go to: