- The Sesquipeditor would like to thank the Newsletter Committee
for producing last week's edition on short notice. In case you missed it,
it is now archived
- Philip Hofmeister has accepted a post-doctoral position at
UC-San Diego in the Center for Research in Language, where he'll be
doing ERP research with Marta Kutas and Robert Kluender. He'll also
be joining alums Roger Levy and Rob Malouf in San Diego, where he
will try to stay out of the sun... His postdoc starts in
January, 2008. Nice going, Philip!
- Bruno Estigarribia has been selected for a
Centennial TA Award, to be awarded at a lunch in mid-June.
(Since 1989 the Centennial TA program has recognized and rewarded
outstanding teaching by Stanford TAs in the Schools of Humanities and
Sciences, Engineering, and Earth Sciences.) Congrats, Bruno!
Look Who's Talking
Alessandro Jaker is presenting a paper titled
`Geminate Ejectives and Tonal Feet in Yellowknife Dogrib' at
this weekend's Workshop on American Indigenous Languages, being
held at UC Santa Barbara.
Introductions from our incoming Linguistics Ph.D. students:
Seung Kyung Kim (Ewha Women College) firstname.lastname@example.org
My main interests center on phonology and
phonetics. Speech perception, loanword phonology,
and phonological acquisition are some of the
topics I find interesting. I am a Korean girl,
born and raised in Korea. I enjoy drinking coffee (almost addicted).
- Sven Lauer (University of Osnabrueck/University of Amsterdam)
I was born in Germany, where I got my
undergraduate degree in Cognitive Science. Before
coming to Stanford this fall, I will be busy
finishing my MSc in Logic at the University of
Amsterdam. In the past years, my interests have
mostly centered on formal [semantics and
pragmatics] (naturally extending to certain
issues in the philosophy of language). Things I
have concerned myself with include the semantics
of tense, aspect and modality; the foundations of
formal pragmatics; lexical semantics and
polysemy; and non-truth- conditional conventional meaning.
James McElvenny (University of Sydney) email@example.com
I am from Sydney, Australia. At the moment I am
mainly interested in language change, in
particular historical change and change in
contact situations. I am also interested in syntax and fieldwork.
Kyu won Moon (Seoul National University) firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Kyu won Moon, and I studied Korean
Linguistics in Seoul National University in
Korea. What interests me most right now is
linguistic variation, language as a social
strategy, language and power, and discourse analysis.
- Robert Munro (University of Sydney) email@example.com
Within linguistics I am particularly interested
in computational linguistics and modeling
variation, ambiguity, gradience and probabilities
in formal linguistic theory. I graduated with a
Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science from
the University of Sydney in 2004, completing
majors in Linguistics, Computer Science,
Information Systems, English and Film Studies,
then worked for two years on the Hans Rausing
Endangered Languages Project at the School of
Oriental and African Studies, University of
London. When away from a desk I love travelling,
especially by bicycle. I've cycled across Europe,
Australia, Asia and Africa but not yet the
Americas, which is something I hope to achieve during my time at Stanford.
- Stephanie Shih (UC Berkeley) firstname.lastname@example.org
I hail from El Sobrante ('The Leftover') in the
East Bay and am studying English, music, and
linguistics at UC Berkeley. Within linguistics,
I am particularly interested in
phonologyspecially prosody, rhythm, and
meter. My main research now analyzes
text-setting in jazz bop swing, and I also have
an ongoing project with a Northern Tiwa language,
Picuris. When not doing phonology homework or
text-setting research, I play jazz vibraphone and
classical percussion, bake, coordinate WCCFL 26
registration, and drink tea from my thirty-kinds-and-counting tea collection.
- Laura Smith (Wayne State University) email@example.com
I'm a native of Detroit and a graduate of Wayne
State University. I work primarily in
sociolinguistics, and my goals within that
subfield include expanding the present
understanding of AAVE through considering its
regional and register variation, as well as its
role in the construction of black identity. Other
linguistic interests include English nativization
and the shifting sources of prescriptive authority in post-colonial situations.
Stanford Blood Center: Shortage of O-, A-, B-, B+ and AB-. For an
appointment: http://bloodcenter.stanford.edu/ or call 650-723-7831.
It only takes an hour of your time and you get free cookies.
John Beavers leads anti-war protest
Local friends of John Beavers (Stanford PhD 2006) are becoming
concerned, as no
one has heard from him in the last 48 hours. Rumor has it that, after
the unsuccessful anti-war rally he organized in
Washington DC (see picture), he was the subject of an `extraordinary
rendition' by agents of SD-6, a secret agency operating within the CIA, who
apparently delivered him to an unknown location where his `treatment'
could not be monitored by conventional surveillance
techniques. Professor Stanley Peters' lab is rumored to have recently
developed new software that would overcome these limitations, based on
the most recent results in `computational semantics', which neither
the CIA nor Google (apparently) has access to. But this rumor could
not be confirmed by the time this newsletter went to press. Anyone with
information regarding John's whereabouts is urged to contact Jennifer
Garner, acting coach for the Stanford women's gymnastics team. Her
extension is x4-4075.
The Way Children See Things!
I was driving with my three young children one warm
summer evening when a woman in the convertible ahead of us stood up
and waved. She was stark naked! As I was reeling from the shock, I
heard my 5-year-old shout from the back seat, "Mom! That lady isn't
wearing a seat belt!
My son Zachary, 4, came screaming out of the bathroom to tell me he'd
dropped his toothbrush in the toilet. So I fished it out and threw it in the
garbage. Zachary stood there thinking for a moment, then ran to my bathroom
and came out with my toothbrush. He held it up and said with a charming
little smile, "We better throw this one out too then, 'cause it fell in the
toilet a few days ago.
On the first day of school, a first-grader handed his teacher a Note from
his mother. The note read, "The opinions expressed by this child are not
necessarily those of his parents."
A woman was trying hard to get the ketchup to come out of the jar. During
her struggle the phone rang so she asked her 4-year-old daughter to answer
the phone. "It's the minister, Mommy," the child said to her mother. Then
she added, "Mommy can't come to the phone to talk to you right now. She's
hitting the bottle."
- MORE NUDITY
A little boy got lost at the YMCA and found himself in the women's locker
room. When he was spotted, the room burst into shrieks, with ladies grabbing
towels and running for cover. The little boy watched in amazement and then
asked, ! ! ! "What's the matter haven't you ever seen a little boy before?"
A little girl was watching her parents dress for a party. When she saw her
dad donning his tuxedo, she warned, "Daddy, you shouldn't wear that suit."
"And why not, darling?" "You know that it always gives you a headache the
A little girl had just finished her first week of school. "I'm just wasting
my time," she said to her mother. "I can't read, I can't write and they
won't let me talk!"
A little boy opened the big family bible. He was fascinated as he fingered
through the old pages. Suddenly, something fell out of the Bible. He picked
up the object and looked at it. What he saw was an old leaf that had been
pressed in between the pages. "Mama, look what I found", the boy called
out." What have you got there, dear?" With astonishment in the young boy's
voice, he answered, "I think it's Adam's underwear
A young farm lad from North Iowa goes off to college, but about 1/3 of
the way through the semester, he has foolishly squandered away all of
the money his parents gave him. Then he gets an idea. He calls his
daddy. "Dad," he says, "you won't believe the wonders that modern
education is coming up with! Why, they actually have a program here
at State that will teach our dog Ole Blue how to talk!"
"That's absolutely amazing," his father says. "How do I get him in
"Just send him down here with $1,000" the boy says. "I'll get him
into the course. So, his father sends the dog and the $1,000.
About 2/3 way through the semester, the money runs out. The boy
calls his father again.
"So how's Ole Blue doing, son," his father asks."
"Awesome, Dad, he's talking up a storm," he says, "but you just
won't believe this - they've had such good results with this
program that they've implemented a new one to teach the animals how
"READ," says his father, "No kidding! What do I have to do to get
him in that program?"
Just send $2,500, I'll get him in the class. His father sends the
The boy now has a problem. At the end of the year, his father will
find out that the dog can neither talk, nor read. So he shoots the
dog. When he gets home at the end of the semester, his father is all
"Where's Ole Blue? I just can't wait to see him talk and read
"Dad," the boy says, "I have some grim news. Yesterday morning, just
before we left to drive home, Ole Blue was in the living room kicked
back in the recliner, reading the Wall Street Journal, like he usually
does. Then he turned to me and asked, 'So, is your daddy still
messing' around with that little redhead who lives in town?'
The father says, "I hope you SHOT that SOB before he
talks to your Mother!"
"I sure did, Dad!"
"That's my boy!"
(The kid went on to be a successful lawyer.......)
- Friday, 11 May
- 12:00--15:00 in
Speakers: Patrick Girard (Stanford), Jose
Saguillo (UC Berkeley), Johan van Benthem (Stanford and University of
Amsterdam), John Perry (Stanford), Jouko Vaananen (University of
Amsterdam and University of Helsinki), Alexei Angelides (Stanford), and
Sherri Roush (UC Berkeley).
15:30 in Bldg. 90:92Q
Charles Parsons (Harvard University)
Some Consequences of the Entanglement of Logic and Mathematics
15:30 in MJH 126
Geoffrey Nunberg (UC Berkeley School of Information/CSLI)
Having a word for it.
17:00 in the department lounge. Gourmet delights from the Social Committee.
- Monday, 14 May
14:00 in MJH 126
Arto Anttila and Adams Bodomo (U Hong Kong)
Prosodic morphology in Dagaare
- Tuesday, 15 May
15:00 in the Cordura Hall Greenhouse
Symbolic Systems Distinguished Speaker Series
17:00 in 420:040 (Psychology)
Elizabeth Loftus (UC Irvine)
What's the Matter with Memory?
- Wednesday, 16 May
12:00 in Jordan Hall 420:102
English yes/no questions: A model integrating variation as a
determinant of children's acquisition
12:00 in MJH 126
Jonathan Ginzburg (King's College)
Resolving Fragments: A Theory of Context for Conversation
16:00 in EJ228 (SRI International)
Matt MacMahon (University of Texas at Austin)
Walk the Talk: Connecting Language, Knowledge, and Action in
- Friday, 18 May
12:00 in Bldg. 60:62J
Jouko Vaananen (University of Amsterdam and University of Helsinki)
16:00 in the department lounge. Gourmet delights from the QP Fest Committee!.
- Saturday, 19 May
12:00-18:00 in 370 Dwinelle Hall (UC Berkeley),
Reception to follow.
- is Saturday, June 9. Live Music by Creole Formation and Dead Tongues! You don't want to miss this event.
- For local linguistic events, always consult the Department's
event page, available RIGHT HERE
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subscribing to the CSLI Calendar, available HERE.
- What's happening at UC Santa Cruz? Find out HERE.
- What's going on at UC Berkeley? Check it out HERE.
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May 11, 2007
Vol. 3, Issue 27
IN THIS ISSUE:
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