Believe it or not
something other than the Linguistic Institute
happened this summer. For starters:
- Just to make sure all of you out there in alumniland know, Peter Sells, who
has been at Stanford since 1985, has left to take a position at the
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London. This is a
great sorrow for all of us, but we wish him well in his new role as
Head of the Linguistics Department there.
- Congratulations to Lauri Karttunen (Consulting Professor of
Linguistics and PARC Computational Linguist) who won a Lifetime
Achievement Award from the Association for Computational Linguistics!
Read more about it HERE.
- Artist-in-residence Robert Moses and linguistics Professor John
Rickford received a $25,000 grant to develop a new work commissioned
for 2007-08 by Lively Arts for the Robert Moses' Kin Dance Company.
The new dance, titled Jokes Like That Can Get You Killed, will focus
on public notions of community, race, language, culture and
Niekrasz, ace researcher in CSLI's Computational Semantics Lab
and lead guitarist in
Dead Tongues, the "unofficial rock and roll band of the
Stanford Linguistics Department", has gone back to graduate school in
Cognitive Science at the University of Edinburgh. He will be missed.
- The department had a great turnout in August at the AMLAP
(Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing) in Turku
Finland. On the program were Hal Tily, Neal Snider,
Anubha Kothari, Inbal Arnon, Joan Bresnan,
Daniel Casasanto, and Florian Jaeger. Also present,
giving posters and/or cheering on the Stanford crowd were
Laura Staum, Ivan Sag and Tom Wasow.
- Neal also presented a paper (Exemplars in Syntax: Evidence from
Priming in Corpora) at the Workshop on Exemplar-Based Models of
Language Acquisition and Use, held at Trinity College, Dublin in
conjunction with ESSLLI 19.
- Rebecca Scarborough, Jason Brenier, Yuan Zhao,
Lauren Hall-Lew and Olga Dmitrieva presented a paper in
August at the International Congress of Phonetic Sciences in Saarbruecken,
Germany: An Acoustic Study of Imagined Foreigner-Directed Speech.
- Laura Staum Casasanto and Daniel Casasanto meanwhile
were off on a multi-city tour of Europe which included a stop in
Cardiff, Wales, where they prevented a provocative paper at NDCL
called Should liberals use conservatives' metaphors? Cognitive
Linguistics meets Sociolinguistics. They were going back through
London on the same day that Ivan arrived there
to give his paper on Feature Geometry and Predictions of
Locality at the Workshop on FEATURES held at King's College,
London, where Ron Kaplan
also gave a paper, entitled Formal Aspects of Underspecified
Features. There were a bunch of Stanford alums there, including
Mary Dalrymple, Miriam
Toivonen, Ash Asudeh, and
Sharma (who was the local organizer).
Ivan arrived in London fresh from a few days in the Pyrenees, where
Penny Eckert was
doing research on Gascon (continuing her dissertation research from
the 1970s!). Penny keeps finding new speakers to interview (Oc!), but
she now has to go to higher and higher villages (spraining an ankle on
one occasion (Ouch!)) and into retirement homes.
- Stanford also had a significant presence at the REL07
(Interdisciplinary Approaches to Relative Clauses) Conference at
Cambridge in September:
- Inbal Arnon: On child and adult use of resumptive pronouns:
children are sensitive to distribution in the target language. (paper)
Florian Jaeger (U. of Rochester) and Tom Wasow: Probability-
Sensitive Reduction and Uniform Information Density. (paper)
Hal Tily: The processing complexity of English relative
clauses: local efficiency guides language-wide change. (paper)
Roger Levy (UC San Diego), Ev Fedorenko (MIT) and Edward Gibson (MIT):
The syntactic complexity of Russian Relative Clauses.
Yoshiko Matsumoto: Japanese Relative Clauses and Noun-Modifying
Constructions: Integration of Frames.
Deo (Yale University) was an invited speaker at the Workshop
on Phonological Words in South Asia and Southeast Asia (funded
by the German Research Foundation, DFG) held at the University of
Leipzig, Germany, September 19-20.
- Mary Dalrymple
(Oxford University) will be an invited speaker at CSSP 2007, The
Seventh Syntax and Semantics Conference in Paris, upcoming on October
- During the institute, Arnold Zwicky
was, like, quoted in the International Herald Tribune. Check it
- And the Chicago Tribune quoted Penny Eckert's terse
remarks in an article whose conclusion was that "Despite all the
lore, a new study finds both sexes do the same amount of gabbing."
- The Boston Globe also picked Arnold's wisdom preposition dropping.
Look it HERE.
Thanks to Susanne Riehemann
for following up the Abbott and Costello lead from last week's newsletter.
The original A&C routine can be read and heard HERE.
Speculative Grammarian (the journal of "satirical linguistics")
published a piece recently entitled The
Lexicalist Agenda: Exposing the Myths. 'It's a hoot', says the
Sesquipeditor -- '3 thumbs up!'.
The Stanford Blood Center
is reporting 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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5 October 2007
Vol. 4, Issue 2
IN THIS ISSUE:
Editor in Chief:
Ivan A. Sag
Susan D. Fischer, Tom Wasow
Melanie Levin and Kyle Wohlmut
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