Laura Staum Casasanto, Rebecca Greene, Alex Jaker, and Yuan Zhao all
got GRO grants for their dissertation research. Congratulations to
all of them!
Guido Seiler to Manchester: Sesquiped readers may
Seiler, who was a postdoc
Bresnan at Stanford during 2003--2004. The word is that he's
accepted a permanent position, starting February of 2008, as Lecturer
in German Linguistics in the Department of German Studies at the
University of Manchester.
At the upcoming LSA meeting in Chicago:
Arto Anttila, Olga Dmitrieva, Matthew Adams, Jason Grafmiller, Scott
Grimm, and Yuan Zhao: Gradient OCP and harmonic alignment in English
Elisabeth Norcliffe: Variation and categorical constraints in Yukatek Mayan relative clause constructions.
Sarah Julianne Roberts: Autobiographical evidence of creolization in territorial Hawaii.
Paul Kroeger (Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics): The syntactic distribution of modal particles in Kimaragang Dusun.
Neal Snider: Exemplars and constructions in syntactic production.
Jeeyoung Peck (Asian Languages): Accounting for quantitative preferences in the
distribution of argument locative PPs in Modern Chinese.
Anubha Kothari: Event culmination as implicature in Hindi perfectives.
Cala Zubair and John Beavers (University of Texas at Austin):
Non-nominative subjects and the involitive construction in Sinhala.
Marie-Catherine de Marneffe and Scott Grimm: Re-examining instrumental
subjects from an empirical stance.
Hannah Rohde, Roger Levy (University of California, San
Diego), and Andy Kehler: Coherence-driven effects in relative clause
Rebecca Starr: Corrective behavior and sociolinguistic knowledge in a
Mandarin-English dual immersion school.
Gabriel Doyle and Roger Levy (University of California, San Diego):
Mixed categories and gradient grammatical constraints.
Lauren Hall-Lew and Nola Stephens: 'Country Talk' and ideological
Jong-Bok Kim (Kyung Hee University) and Peter Sells (SOAS): On the
role of information structure with Korean kes.
Alex Djalali, Janet Pierrehumbert, and Brady Clark
(Northwestern University): The effect of focus on bridging inferences.
Tatiana Nikitina: Nominalization in Wan: category mixing without mixed
Joel Wallenberg (University of Pennsylvania): The decline of early
English object clitics.
Mary Rose (Ohio State University): Sociophonetics of aging:
Articulating 'old' among peers.
And at the meeting of The Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages
of the Americas
(held in conjunction with the LSA meeting):
Judith Tonhauser (Ohio State University): Yucatec Mayan
Elisabeth Norcliffe: Filler-gap dependencies in Yucatec Maya.
Brook Danielle Lillehaugen (Seminario de Lenguas Indgenas; IIFl-UNAM): PLACE-Encoding body parts in Zapotec.
Andrew Koontz-Garboden (University of Manchester): Possession and property concepts in Ulwa.
From last week's Penn Speaker Series announcement:
This Thursday we will welcome our final guest for the semester,
Richard Kayne. He's declined to provide us with an abstract, but the
title says a lot:
5pm, Dec. 6th, 2007
Richard Kayne, New York University
"Antisymmetry and the Lexicon"
All the normal details apply. Hope to see you there.
[Perhaps, in order to provide them with an abstract, he would have
conjugated... - the Sesquipeditor]
Fiction, not Fact!
John Fry writes:
When I saw your Reagan diary entry on W, I thought it sounded too good
to be true, and it turns out it is. See
And now the news we've been waiting for all year:
The 2007 Oxford New American Dictionary Word of the Year has been Announced!
The 2007 Oxford New American Dictionary Word of the Year is locavore,
the word for someone who prefers to eat food cultivated locally!
Once again, The Washington Post has published the winning
submissions to its yearly neologism contest, in which readers are
asked to supply alternative meanings for common words.
The winners are:
1. Coffee (n.), the person upon whom one coughs.
2. Flabbergasted (adj.), appalled over how much weight you have
3. Abdicate (v.), to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.
4. Esplanade (v.), to attempt an explanation while drunk.
5. Willy-nilly (adj.), impotent.
6. Negligent (adj.), describes a condition in which you
absentmindedly answer the door in your nightgown.
7. Gargoyle (n.), olive-flavored mouthwash.
8. Flatulence (n.) emergency vehicle that picks you up after you
are run over.
9. Balderdash (n.), a rapidly receding hairline.
10. Testicle (n.), a humorous question on an exam.
11. Rectitude (n.), the formal, dignified bearing adopted by
12. Oyster (n.), a person who sprinkles his conversation with
13. Circumvent (n.), an opening in the front of boxer shorts worn
by Jewish men.
The Washington Post's Style Invitational also asked readers to take
any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or
changing one letter, and supply a new definition. Here are winners:
1. Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that
stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer,
unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.
2. Foreploy (v): Any misrepresentation about yourself for the
purpose of getting laid.
3. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders
the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period.
4. Giraffiti (n): Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.
5. Sarchasm (n): The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit
and the person who doesn't get it.
6. Inoculatte (v): To take coffee intravenously when you are
7. Hipatitis (n): Terminal coolness.
8. Osteopornosis (n): A degenerate disease. (This one got extra
9. Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting through the day
consuming only things that are good for you.
10. Glibido (v): All talk and no action.
11. Dopeler effect (n): The tendency of stupid ideas to seem
smarter when they come at you rapidly.
12. Arachnoleptic fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just
after you've accidentally walked through a spider web.
13. Caterpallor (n.): The color you turn after finding half a
grub in the fruit you're eating.
And the pick of the literature:
14. Ignoranus (n): A person who's both stupid and an asshole.
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It only takes an hour of your time and you get free cookies. The
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7 December 2007
Vol. 4, Issue 10
IN THIS ISSUE:
Editor in Chief:
Ivan A. Sag
Susan D. Fischer, Tom Wasow
Melanie Levin and Kyle Wohlmut