- WECOL is coming up at Cal State Fresno (October 27-29) and Joan
Bresnan is giving a plenary address on Predicting the Dative
Alternation -- How and Why. Ivan Garcia-Alvarez (now teaching at
University of Salford) is also presenting a paper titled Connected
exceptives and nonmonotonic inference.
- A full paragraph of Dan Jurafsky quote appeared in an October
11 article on text-to-speech technology in The International Herald
Tribune. Check it out HERE.
- Mea culpa, mea culpa... And multas gratias to the
11,412 readers (well, at least 4...) who wrote in to correct a typo in
last week's Sesquipedalian, where it was reported that alumnus Paul
Kroeber would be a commentator at a workshop on Comparative
Austronesian Syntax at UCSD. Now the Sesquipeditor knows both Paul
Kroeber ([kro:bər]; a Research Associate at Indiana
University's Department of Anthropology specializing in Salishan
languages and an alumnus of the University of Chicago) and our
alum Paul Kroeger ([kre:gər]; Associate Professor and
Chairman of the Dept. of Applied Linguistics at SIL's Graduate
Institute of Applied Linguistics (GIAL)). The Sesquipeditor must have just been in a Kroeby mood...
- Although the Sesquipedalian declared a moratorium on `How I spent my
summer' submissions, we've decided to include the following, since
not all of you know Heriberto Avelino, our visiting
phonetician, who responded to our original request, saying:
Ok, you asked for it.
Last summer I was invited to the Binational US-Mexico Meeting on
Endangered Languages, organized by the new National Institute for
Indigenous Languages of Mexico (INALI, by the acronym in Spanish). A
government office dealing with all aspects of indigenous languages in
the country and beyond.
It was a very interesting and productive meeting, which brought together
more than 160 researchers from both countries, community leaders, native
speakers of dozens of Indigenous languages from Mexico.
The goals of the Meeting were to organize a central committee and
several commissions which are going to start working on a broad spectra
of issues related to Indigenous Languages from Mexico, from language
planning, research and documentation, archiving, technology to
publications. There were a number of familiar names around, Joan Maling, Lyle
Campbell, Heidi Johnson and Terry Kaufman among others.
I had the opportunity to be elected to the committee for language
policies and planning.
I presented two talks at the National School of Anthropology and at the
Linguistics Department of National Institute of Anthropology and History.
*However, my most important accomplishment of the Summer -- at least
regarding domestic duties -- was that my wife, Adriana Cruz, obtained
her PhD from the Department of World Arts and Cultures from
[Editor's Note: If you haven't met Heriberto yet, you should introduce yourself. His office is right opposite Stanley's...]
- Recent revelations lead to the conclusion that notwithstanding Aristotle's claims
to the contrary A does not equal A.
As reported on his own webpage, our recent
alumnus Lev Blumenfeld
turns out not to be Lev
Sesquiped has also recently learned that Department Chair and English verb
classist extraordinaire Beth
Levin is neither Beth Levin,
Levin (despite the tidiness of her office).
More evidence against Aristotle's position:
Penny Eckert is neither
Eckert, nor Penny
Eckert, though the last of these shares certain nononomastic properties with
our own Penny Eckert, e.g. both have PhDs and both are into social
construction! Imagine a coauthored paper -- how do they decide who
would be first author? Or would it be by The Penny Eckerts? The Pennies Eckert?
These puzzling observations notwithstanding, it appears to be true
Koontz-Garboden, who deserves the credit (or blame) for this
entire line of research, is
Koontz-Garboden. No doubt, better semantic theories will explain
data like these some day...
[Editor's Note: Or not...]
- Stanford Blood Center: . 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.
- And after (or before) you've contributed blood, consider contributing
something to the Sesquipedalian. Just email to firstname.lastname@example.org...
The 2006 Social Committee
Today's social being planned with the utmost care by the Department
Social Committee, where members discuss the proper way to serve beet
sticks, olives, pita bread, hummus, and turnip sticks.
Last Friday's argument turned into a drunken brawl (one faculty member and
two students rushed to the ER), after which it was agreed that the Social
Committee's budget had to be increased (Final Vote: 23 to 0, with the
three casualities abstaining), so it is with bated breath
that we await the 3-star delights that we're confident will appear at
today's Social. Everyone be sure to come! (still - no pressure on the
By the way, last
Friday's turnip/jicama controversy is
The 1956 Social Committee
One of the 1956 socials being planned with the utmost care by the
United Social Board (which became known as the `Department Social
Committee' after the opening
Panisse in 1971), where members discuss the proper way to prepare
lobster consomme using only a pair of tongs and some charcoal. Only
Glen van der Burghi (the one without a tie) would ever manage to
graduate after completing his seminal punctuation thesis The
Evolution of Apostrophes in Eastern Uzbekistan. (still - no
pressure on the Social Committee)
Here's an idea: do you think people would have any enthusiasm for
posting summaries and/or reviews of talks (not of a particularly
critical nature, but perhaps containing information or opinions not
belonging to the speaker), so that those of us who could not attend
them could find out what they were about? One alternative that might
have a similar effect is to ask speakers if they have a handout our
powerpoint presentation that they would be willing to have a link to
through the sesquiped, so that it could be a source for not just
information about future events, but also past ones? Just a not very
well thought out thought...
Laura Staum (email@example.com)
[Editor's Reply: Dunno... Let's see what readers think.]
12:00-13:00. MJH 126
(meet at 11:55 at the Thai Cafe (Bldg. 420 basement).
Gautam Vallabha (Stanford Psychology)
Perceptuomotor biases in vowel imitation.
Stanford Semantics and Pragmatics Workshop: "The Construction of Meaning"
15:30pm. MJH Rm. 126
Graham Katz (Stanford and Osnabrück)
Against a neo-Davidsonian account of stative verbs
17:00. In the department lounge. Gourmet delights from the Social Committee.
- MONDAY, 16 OCTOBER
Berkeley Linguistics Department Colloquium
16:00 -- 17:30. 182 Dwinelle Hall. (UC Berkeley)
Mary Paster (Pomona College)
Phonologically Conditioned Suppletive Allomorphy: Cross-Linguistic Results and Theoretical Consequences.
- WEDNESDAY, 18 OCTOBER
NLaSP (Natural Language and Speech) Colloquium
16:15pm -- 17:30pm. Bldg 200, Rm. 205.
Stuart Shieber (Harvard University)
Developments in Synchronous Grammars
SLSG (Statistical Learning Study Group) Meeting
17:30. MJH 126
Inbal Arnon and Liz Coppock will lead a discussion about using
statistical learning to study rule formation and generalization in children
- THURSDAY, 19 OCTOBER
The Academic Job Search: An Inside Look
Career Development Center panel including Beth Levin
12:00-13:30. Graduate Student Center, Havanna Room
16:00. MJH 126
A Discussion of ``Variation as accessing `non-optimal' candidates:
A rank-ordering model of EVAL'' by Andries Coetzee.
Symbolic Systems Forum
16:15. Bldg. 380, Room 380C
Stuart Shieber (CS, Harvard University)
Resurrecting the Turing Test
SPLaT (Stanford Psychology of Language Tea)
17:15. MJH 126
(munchies first; talk starts at 17:30)
Predictability of word in context and
information rate in natural language
- FRIDAY, 20 OCTOBER
12:00-13:00 in the Phonetics Lab (Bldg. 420 basement).
(Try to arrive a couple minutes early to
avoid the long noon line at the Thai Cafe). Topic to be announced [watch this space].
Friday Cognitive Seminar (Psychology Department)
15:15. Jordan Hall 420, Room 050
Learning to listen ahead in Spanish: First language learners
are more efficient than second language learners in online
Linguistics Department Colloquium
15:30pm. MJH 126
Undergraduate VPUE research presentations
5 presentations by Pat Callier and Cole Paulson,
Doug Kenter, Rafe Kinsey, Gabe Recchia, and
17:00. In the department lounge. Gourmet delights from the Social Committee.
- For local linguistic events, always consult the Department's
event page, available RIGHT HERE
- Got broader interests? The New Sesquiped recommends reading or even
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.
- TREND (TRilateral weekEND) is coming. Mark your calendars!
TREND includes presentations by students and faculty from Stanford, UC Santa Cruz and UC Berkeley.
Saturday, 18 November
P-TREND: a one-day workshop on phonetics and phonology
Sunday, 19 November
S-TREND: a one-day workshop on syntax and semantics
370 Dwinelle Hall (UC Berkeley)
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October 13 2006
Vol. 3, Issue 4
IN THIS ISSUE:
This Issue's Sesquipedalian Staff
Editor in Chief:
Ivan A. Sag
Design: Philip Hofmeister
Production Consultant: Philip Hofmeister
Senior Reporter: Andrew Koontz-Garboden
Reporters: Philip Hofmeister, Beth Levin
Photographer: Gretchen Lantz
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