03 January 2016

UMass at LSA

The annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America meets in Washington D.C. from January 7 to January 10. UMass is well represented:

Alumna Gillian Gallagher is a coauthor of the paper “Rapid phonotactic generalization: Behavioral evidence and a Bayesian model"

Meghan Armstrong, with Scott Schwenster, presents the paper “Epistemic stress shift in American English."

Barbara Pearson and Tom Roeper present the paper “Linguistic and pragmatic ambiguity of quantified expressions in mathematics word problems"

Robert Staubs, Coral Hughto and Joe Pater, with Jennifer Culbertson, present the paper “Grammar and learning in syntactic and phonological typology"

Alumnus Jonah Katz, with Sarah Lee, present the paper “Cue integration and fricative perception in Seoul Korean"

Alumna Cherlon Ussery, with Lydia Ding and Rebecca Liu, present the paper “The Typology of Mandarin Infinitives"

Nick LaCara presents the paper “Verb Phrase movement as a window into head movement."

Alumnus Jeffrey Runner, with Yuhang Xu, presents the paper “Locality effects in long-distance reflexive retrieval: the case of Mandarin Chinese “ziji"

Stefan Keine presents the paper “Positions versus items in the syntax of super-raising"

Claire Moore-Cantwell, Joe Pater, Lisa Sanders, Robert Staubs and Benjamin Zobel present the poster “Phonological Learning in the laboratory: ERP evidence"

Aleksei Nazarov presents the poster "Ambiguity of analysis: Learning Dutch stress with input inference"

Robert Staubs presents the poster “Learning morpheme segmentation with distributions over underlying representations"

Alumnus Florian Schwarz, with Hezekiah Akiva Bacovcin, presents the poster “Local Accommodation and Presupposition Trigger Class: Results from the Covered Box Task” and, with Ava Irani, the paper “Two Types of Definites in American Sign Language."

Ivy Hauser presents the paper “VOT variation and perceptual distinction"

Tom Ernst, with Timothy Grinsell, presents the paper “The Semantics of Domain Adverbs"

Alumna Maria Gouskova, with Suzy Ahn, presents the paper “Sublexical phonotactics of English -er suffixes"

Alumna Jennifer Smith presents the paper “Segmental noun/verb phonotactic differences are productive too"

UMass at ConSOLE

The 24th annual meeting of the Conference of the Student Organization of Linguistics in Europe (ConSOLE) will be hosted by the University of York and York St John University from January 6 to January 8. UMass is represented by three of our graduate students:

Jon Ander Mendia will present the paper “Complex Cardinals of approximation in Spanish"

Thuy Bui will present the paper “Menominee agreement: two probes for two hierarchies"

Rodica Ivan will present the poster “Wonder if embedded, know whether semi-question"

Lisa, Alice and Barbara at the LSA

At the annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America this coming weekend, our own Alice Harris will officially begin her term as the 92nd President of the LSA. In addition, Lisa Green will be inducted as a Fellow of the LSA and Barbara Partee will receive the Victoria A. Fromkin Lifetime Service Award.

WHISC salutes Professors Harris, Green and Partee!

Call for papers: SULA 9

We invite submissions of abstracts for papers (25-minute presentation plus 10-minute discussion) or posters on any topic in the semantics of under-represented languages of the Americas. As in previous years, sessions will include a discussion period at the end with commentators.

The abstract submission deadline is January 15, 2016 at 11:59 pm PST.

Abstracts must be at most two pages long, including data and references, on letter-size or A4 paper with 1 inch margins on all sides and at least 11 point font. Abstracts should have a clear title and should be anonymous. The abstract must be submitted electronically in PDF format.

We are using EasyChair for the submission and review process. Abstracts must be submitted through the following website: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=sula9

When you submit your abstract, please indicate whether your abstract should be considered for a talk, a poster, or both. Submissions are limited to 1 individual and 1 joint abstract per author, or 2 joint abstracts per author.

Important Dates:
Submission deadline: January 15, 2016 (11:59 pm PST)
Notification of acceptance: Late February
Conference date: May 6-8, 2016

For more information, go here.