It is with great sadness that we mark the departure of Diane
Jakubowski, without whose efforts last summer's LSA Linguistic
Institute would never have materialized. In addition, Diane has been
doing a fantastic job as director of Student Services in both
Linguistics and Symbolic Systems this year. May 30 is her last day and
she will be sorely missed... But we wish her well in all her future
endeavors -- stay in touch, Diane!
We've just got word that Stefan Kaufmann was awarded tenure and promotion to
Associate Professor in the Linguistics Department at Northwestern University.
Tres Cool and Congratulations, Stefan!
And Sesquicongratulations also to Dmitry Levinson, Tanya Nikitina, and
Doug Ball, all of whom recently passed their dissertation oral exams.
(More orals coming soon...)
Deadline! Deadline! May 31 (Saturday?) is the abstract deadline for
both AMLaP and NWAVE. Get those abstracts in!
Overheard in Tom and Ivan's seminar (Ling 204: Grammar and Usage):
`The liver is the pre-linguistic cognitive structure and the alcohol
it is saturated in is the need to communicate.' No comment.
Ashwini Deo was visiting last week to work with Paul Kiparsky on a project
funded by the Humanities center entitled "Poetries in contact:
The encounter of Perso-Arabic and Sanskritic metrical traditions".
Welcome back to Patricia Amaral, who, as you've probably noticed, has
returned to Stanford as a postdoc!
A little birdie tells us that Nikhila Pai was just awarded an MA in
Public Administration from San Francisco State University. Way to go,
is off to the University of the West Indies at Mona,
Jamaica this summer, to teach for a month at the Carribean Language
and Linguistics Institute. He's giving a course on "The
Sociolinguistics of West Indian Language and Society". Very cool
(ummm, actually, it never goes below 79/26 in July in Kingston. Caveat
Kay honored in Geneva
Last week Martin Kay
was off in Geneva (yes, as
in Switzerland), where (as he puts it) "they were giving honorary
degrees to half a dozen native speakers of French, one guy from
Harvard Business School, and me, but, for reasons that remain a
complete mystery, they chose me to give the speech thanking the
university on behalf of them all". Perhaps the purpose was to introduce
some levity into a ceremony that was, umm,...well..., Swiss. We think he
succeeded, but you can judge for yourself (si vous lisez le
is the speech.
It turns out we were too quick to dump on the French. Their 75 languages include immigrant languages. The list comes from this report.
Two 90-year-old women, Vivian and Edith, had been friends
all of their
lives. When it was clear that Edith was dying, Vivian
visited her every day.
One day Vivian said, "Edith, we both loved playing
women's softball all our
lives, and we played in all through high school. Please do
me one favor:
when you get to Heaven, somehow you must let me know if
Edith looked up at Vivian from her death bed, "Vivian,
you've been my best
friend for many years. If it's at all possible,
I'll do this favor for you."
Shortly after that, Edith passed on.
At midnight a couple of nights later, Vivian was awakened
from a sound sleep
by a blinding flash of white light and a voice calling out
to her, "Vivian,
"Who is it?" asked Vivian, sitting up suddenly.
"Who is it?"
"Vivian -- it's me, Edith."
"You're not Edith. Edith died."
"I'm telling you, Vivian, it's me,"
insisted the voice.
"Edith! Where are you?"
"In Heaven," replied Edith. "I have some
really good news and a little bad
"Tell me the good news first," said Vivian.
"The good news," Edith said, "is that
there's softball in Heaven. Better yet,
all of our old buddies who died before us are here, too.
Better than that,
we're all young again. Better still, it's always springtime, and it never
rains or snows. And best of all, we can play softball all
we want, and we
never get tired.."
"That's fantastic," said Vivian.
"It's beyond my wildest dreams! So what's
the bad news?"
"You're pitching Tuesday."
For events farther in the future consult the Upcoming Events Page
FRIDAY, 30 MAY
SATURDAY, 31 MAY
Goodness judgments of spoken wordforms: Theory and data
12:00pm, ExL Lab
Wesson Lectures on Problems of Democracy
Philippe Van Parijs (Universite catholique de Louvain)
Undergraduate Honors Presentations
3:30pm, MJH 126
Michael Wagner (Cornell)
A compositional theory of contrastive topics
4:00pm, Humanities One, Room 202, UCSC
5:00, department lounge
SUNDAY, 1 JUNE
Epistemology Meets Logic, Informally
9:15am-5:30pm, Cordura 100
MONDAY, 2 JUNE
Epistemology Meets Logic, Informally
9:15am-1:45pm, Cordura 100
THURSDAY, 5 JUNE
3:15pm, MJH 126
FRIDAY, 6 JUNE
Ronald M. Kaplan (Powerset)
"Powerset: Deep natural language processing for consumer search"
4:00pm, George Pake Auditorium, PARC
"Fun with Binary Decision Diagrams (BDDs)"
5:30pm, Skilling Auditorium
UPCOMING EVENTS (always under construction)
LINGUISTIC DEPARTMENT EVENTS PAGE
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WHAT'S HAPPENING AT UC SANTA CRUZ?
End of the Year Party!
- 4:00pm, Linguistics Courtyard
WHAT'S GOING ON AT UC BERKELEY?
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