Jaker Finds AgrO in Yellow Knife! Our man in the Arctic,
none other than grad
student Alex Jaker,
elicited his first word with object agreement yesterday. Read about
this (and his other chilling discoveries) on his
Zwicky Honored as GLBT Scientist of the
to Arnold Zwicky, who
recently received the 2008 GLBT Scientist of the Year award from
NOGLSTP (The National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and
Technical Professionals). He and other NOGLSTP award winners were
recently honored at a special reception in Boston held in conjunction
with the annual meetings of AAAS (American Association for the
Advancement of Science). Read more about it HERE.
Who are these linguists?
This picture was taken at the 1966 Linguistic
, which was hosted by UCLA. If you can identify the two
linguists in this picture (No, not the nun! Her identity is supposed
to remain mysterious), please send email to email@example.com. The first person
with the correct answer wins a prize. Winner announced next week.
Why did the chicken cross the road?
A variety of contemporary and meaningful answers:
DR. PHIL :
The problem we have here is that this chicken won't realize that he must
first deal with the problem on 'THIS' side of the road before it goes after
the problem on the 'OTHER SIDE' of the road. What we need to do is help him
realize how stupid he's acting by not taking on his 'CURRENT' problems
before adding 'NEW' problems.
Well, I understand that the chicken is having problems, which is why he
wants to cross this road so bad. So instead of having the chicken learn from
his mistakes and take falls, which is a part of life, I'm going to give this
chicken a car so that he can just drive across the road and not live his
life like the rest of the chickens.
GEORGE W. BUSH :
We don't really care why the chicken crossed the road. We just want to know
if the chicken is on our side of the road, or not. The chicken is either
against us, or for us. There is no middle ground here.
COLIN POWELL :
Now to the left of the screen, you can clearly see the satellite image of
the chicken crossing the road...
ANDERSON COOPER - CNN:
We have reason to believe there is a chicken, but we have not yet been
allowed to have access to the other side of the road.
JOHN KERRY :
Although I voted to let the chicken cross the road, I am now against it! It
was the wrong road to cross, and I was misled about the chicken's
intentions. I am not for it now, and will remain against it.
NANCY GRACE :
That chicken crossed the road because he's GUILTY! You can see it in his
eyes and the way he walks.
PAT BUCHANAN :
To steal the job of a decent, hardworking American.
MARTHA STEWART :
No one called me to warn me which way that chicken was going. I had a
standing order at the Farmer's Market to sell my eggs when the price dropped
to a certain level. No little bird gave me any insider information.
DR SEUSS :
Did the chicken cross the road? Did he cross it with a toad? Yes, the
chicken crossed the road, but why it crossed I've not been told.
ERNEST HEMINGWAY :
To die in the rain. Alone.
JERRY FALWELL :
Because the chicken was gay! Can't you people see the plain truth?' That's
why they call it the 'other side.' Yes, my friends, that chicken is gay. And
if you eat that chicken, you will become gay too. I say we boycott all
chickens until we sort out this abomination that the liberal media white
washes with seemingly harmless phrases like 'the other side. That chicken
should not be crossing the road. It's as plain and as simple as that.
In my day we didn't ask why the chicken crossed the road. Somebody told us
the chicken crossed the road, and that was good enough.
BARBARA WALTERS :
Isn't that interesting? In a few moments, we will be listening to the
chicken tell, for the first time, the heart warming story of how it
experienced a serious case of molting, and went on to accomplish its life
long dream of crossing the road.
JOHN LENNON :
Imagine all the chickens in the world crossing roads together, in peace.
It is the nature of chickens to cross the road.
BILL GATES :
I have just released eChicken2007, which will not only cross roads, but will
lay eggs, file your important documents, and balance your check book.
Internet Explorer is an integral part of eChicken This new platform is much
more stable and will never *cra...#@&&^(C%*
ALBERT EINSTEIN :
Did the chicken really cross the road, or did the road move beneath the
BILL CLINTON :
I did not cross the road with THAT chicken. What is your definition of
AL GORE :
I invented the chicken!
COLONEL SANDERS :
Did I miss one?
DICK CHENEY :
Where's my gun?
AL SHARPTON :
Why are all the chickens white? We need some black chickens.
For events farther in the future consult the Upcoming Events Page
- FRIDAY, 22 FEBRUARY
The talk scheduled for today has been rescheduled for next quarter.
12:00, ExL Lab
"Perceptual learning vs. exemplar models"
1:15-2:15 PM, ExL Lab
Alan Yu (U Chicago)
"Selective pressures in sound change and phonological typology"
3:30pm, MJH Rm 126
5:00, department lounge
- MONDAY, 25 FEBRUARY
Katie Drager (University of Canterbury)
"Effect of the Experimenter: Evidence from New Zealand English"
12:00-1:00pm, 46 Dwinelle, Berkeley
"Variation in the English Comparative." Updated results.
3:15pm, MJH Rm 126
- TUESDAY, 26 FEBRUARY
Florian Schwarz (UMass Amherst)
"Two Types of Bridging with Two Types of Definites"
12:00pm, MJH Rm 126
Discussion of Wong and Mooney, 'Learning Synchronous Grammars for Semantic Parsing with Lambda Calculus'
2:30pm, Gates ???
- WEDNESDAY, 27 FEBRUARY
Shinichiro Ishihara, (University of Potsdam)
"Roles of Syntax and Information Structure in Prosody"
4:00 PM, Humanities One, Room 202, UC Santa Cruz
- FRIDAY, 29 FEBRUARY
12:00, ExL Lab
Exemplars in other domains of cognition (vision, etc.)
1:15-2:15 PM, ExL Lab
To discuss the junior faculty search. All students and faculty welcome.
3:30, MJH 126
5:00, department lounge
- UPCOMING EVENTS (always under construction)
- LINGUISTIC DEPARTMENT EVENTS PAGE
- Got broader interests? The New Sesquipedalian recommends reading or even
subscribing to the CSLI Calendar, available HERE.
WHAT'S HAPPENING AT UC SANTA CRUZ?
- WHAT'S GOING ON AT UC BERKELEY?
- HOW ABOUT MIT? UMass Amherst? U Chicago? Rutgers?
The Stanford Blood Center
is reporting a shortage of as well as a shortage of O-, O+, A-, A+, 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. The
Blood Center is also raising money for a new bloodmobile.
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22 February 2008
Vol. 4, Issue 17
IN THIS ISSUE:
Editor in Chief:
Ivan A. Sag
Beth Levin, Arnold Smith, Penny Eckert
Susan D. Fischer, Tom Wasow
Melanie Levin Kyle Wohlmut