18 May 2015

Sang-Im Lee-Kim at Haskins

Sang-Im Lee-Kim will be giving a talk on May 28th at the Haskins Lunch Talk Series, entitled “The role of static vs dynamic cues in vowel transitions: the case of sibilant place contrast."

17 May 2015

Weir goes Norwegian

Andrew Weir writes:

I am very happy and excited to say that, in August, I will be taking up a position as Associate Professor in Modern English Language and Linguistics at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim.

[If anyone is wondering about the apparently rapid promotion: there are only two ranks in the Norwegian system, associate professor and full professor. The Norwegian title is "Førsteamanuensis".]

Cable at AAA

Seth Cable is giving an invited talk at a workshop sponsored by the Universities of Tübingen and Potsdam called “The Semantics of African, Asian and Austronesian Languages.” The workshop is hosted by the University of Potsdam, June 3-5. For more information, go here.

Call for papers: The Amsterdam Colloquia

Angelika Kratzer writes:

The Amsterdam Colloquia aim at bringing together linguists, philosophers, logicians, cognitive scientists and computer scientists who share an interest in the formal study of the semantics and pragmatics of natural and formal languages.

The 2015 edition will be held at the University of Amsterdam on 16-18 December.

The 20th Amsterdam Colloquium will feature two workshops on Negation and on Reasoning in Natural Language; and one evening lecture, jointly organized with the E.W. Beth Foundation.

Furthermore, there will be a special issue of the journal Topoi with selected contributions presented at the Colloquium, both in the main programme and in the workshops.

For information, go to http://www.illc.uva.nl/AC/AC2015/

Kristine Yu at AFLA 22

Kristine Yu is giving her talk “Tonal marking of absolutive case in Samoan,” at AFLA 22 this Thursday, May 21, at McGill University in Montreal. You can learn more about the conference here.

UMass at Manchester

UMass is well represented at the 23rd Manchester Phonology Meeting, which is taking place May 28-30. 

Alumna Nancy Hall is giving the paper “The phonetics of epenthetic vowels under emphasis spread in Levantine Arabic."

Alumna Karen Jesney is giving the paper “Weighted scalar constraints and implicational process application” with Brian Hsu

Gaja Jarosz is giving the paper “Phonotactic probability and sonority sequencing in Polish initial clusters."

Alumnus Elliott Moreton is giving the paper “Implicit and explicit phonology: what are artificial-language learners really doing?” with Katya Pertsova

Kevin Mullin and Joe Pater are giving the talk “Harmony as iterative domain parsing."

Aleksei Nazarov is giving the paper “Learning as a window on lexical versus grammatical representation of stress."

Alumna Jennifer Smith is giving the paper “Experimental evidence for aggressive core-periphery phonology in Guarani” with Justin Pinta

Alumnus Michael Becker is giving the talk “Fewer grammars, more coverage for the English past tense.” with Blake Allen.

Alumna Gillian Gallagher is giving the talk “The features content of phonotactic restrictions."

Alumnus Brian Smith is giving the talk “A unified constraint-based account of the English indefinite article."

Alongside the Manchester Phonology Meeting there is a workshop entitled “W(h)ither OT?” on May 27th at which several UMassies will be speaking:

Joe Pater gives the talk “Violable constraints in Classical Universalist Phonology and beyond."

Wendell Kimper gives the talk “What changes and what stays the same: is Harmonic Serialism with positive constraints still Optimality Theory?"


Michael Becker gives the talk “MaxEnt as a baseline theory of grammar." 

Pater, Pizzo and Staub

Joe Pater writes:

I have been in Paris this year at the Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et Psycholinguistique, on a Research in Paris Fellowship from the City of Paris, hosted by Sharon Peperkamp. Presley Pizzo will be visiting the LSCP next week to give a presentation on Speriment, software she has written for designing web-based experiments that are hosted by PsiTurk.



In case you happen to be in Paris, the meeting will take place the Salle de Réunion in the Pavillon Jardin of the LSCP at 29 rue d’Ulm from 14:00 to 16:00 next Wednesday May 20th. 
I was also an international chair at the LabEx-EFL, and June 16th in Paris he will be participating in a roundtable with two other LabEx-EFL chairs, Mark Liberman and Adrian Staub. Adrian, of UMass Cognitive Psychology, will also be giving a series of lectures in June (http://www.labex-efl.org/?q=en/node/305)

Cable in Alaska

Seth Cable will be heading to Alaska to conduct fieldwork on Tlingit this August.  Seth anticipates working with James Crippen and Rose Marie Dechaine from UBC.

Pearson and Roeper at Rutgers

Barbara Pearson will present a joint paper with Tom Roeper entitled "Cross-linguistic Ambiguity of Quantified Expressions: Implications for Mathematics Teaching and Testing of Bilingual Students" at the Tenth International Symposium of Bilingualism (ISB10), conveniently hosted by Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, May 20 to 24.  En route to NJ, she will attend the NSF sponsored workshop at the CUNY Graduate Center in midtown Manhattan on "Bilingualism and Executive Function: An Interdisciplinary Approach," May 18 and 19.

More information about ISB10, including the full program is found at http://isb10.rutgers.edu/

Kristine Yu in Leipzig

Kristine You will be delivering her paper “Tonal marking of absolutive case in Samoan” on June 12 at the conference “Morphosyntactic Triggers of Tone: New Data and Theories,” hosted by Leipzig University. For more information, go here.

Roeper at Caen

Tom Roeper will be presenting a poster at a conference on “The pragmatics of Negation and Polarity” at the University of Caen on May 19-20. The poster, with Masaaki Kamiya from Hamilton College is entitled “Neg-feature extraction from nominalization: NPI and tag question.” For more information go here.


The third meeting of Experimental and Theoretical Advances in Prosody is being hosted by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign May 28-30. Kristine Yu will be giving a talk with Ed Stabler entitled “A parsing model for crowding, speech rate and syntax of tone.” Mt. Holyoke professor Mara Breen will also be giving a talk, with Johanna Kneifel, entitled “Rhythmic context affects on-line ambiguity resolution in silent reading.” And UMass alumna Emily Elfner will be giving her talk “Prosodic juncture strength and syntactic constituency in Connemara Irish.” For more information, go here.

Yu off to New Zealand

Kristine Yu will be conducting fieldwork on Samoan in Auckland, New Zealand this July.

UMass at WAFL11

The Univesity of York is hosting the eleventh meeting of the Workshop on Altaic Formal Linguistics Jun 4-6. UMass will be represented by

Deniz Ozyildiz (graduate student) who will be giving the talk “Move to mI, but only if you can."

Masashi Hashimoto (new alumnus!) who will be giving the talk “A syntactic-semantic analysis of the experiencer restriction in Japanese."

Mioko Miyama (visiting scholar) who will be giving the talk “A Choice Function Analysis of the EitherOr Construction in Japanese."


Peter Sells (UMass alumnus) who, with Shin-Sook Kim, will give the talk “Digging Deeper into non-modifying Constructions in Japanese and Korean."

Roeper in Toronto

Tom Roeper gave the plenary lecture at a workshop on “Complexity and Recursion in Acquisition” hosted by the University of Toronto last Thursday (May 14). The title of his talk was “Is there a Recursion Trigger: Adapting Merge, Search, Label to an acquisition model."

WHISC goes on holiday

This is the last WHISC post for the 2014-15 year. Look for the next post in the third week of August.