Inauguration 2009: Yes!
is a postdoctoral researcher of the Research
Foundation-Flanders based at the Department of Linguistics of
K.U.Leuven (University of Leuven, Belgium). Her research is concerned
with synchronic and diachronic processes of grammaticalization and
(inter)subjectification taking place in the English noun phrase. Her
current focus is the development whereby ordinary adjectives such as
old, different, certain, regular, which describe a property of the
entity denoted by the noun phrase (e.g. in an old man, old attributes
the property being old or advanced in age), come to function as
secondary determiners supplementing the main determiner, e.g. I liked
your old car meaning 'not the car you drive now (i.e. your car), but
the one you had in the past' or as the primary determiner in the noun
phrase, e.g. certain movies are very violent. The general theoretical
framework that she is working in can be described as corpus-based
cognitive-functional linguistics. She is visiting us
(Winter and Spring quarters) on a Fulbright scholarship. Her faculty sponsor is
Beth Levin, though she will also be working with
. Welcome, Tine!
Congratulations to Eve Clark and Patricia Amaral, who received a
grant from the Spencer Foundation to do research on the acquisition of
approximative adverbs. They kinda maybe received the award sometime,
well, last year (not sure where), but the official acceptance from,
like, Stanford, you know, only happened sometime this month, or
And did we mention the four grad students who recently completed their
degrees? Doug Ball, Liz Coppock, Laura Staum, and (drum
roll): Ivan Garcia-Alvarez. Sesquifelicitations to all four!!
From: S. Lauer
Sent: Fri, 16 Jan 2009 14:01:57 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Managing papers
I could not help noticing that the link in this week's edition, on
software tools for organizing your PDF files. It recommends a Mac-only
tool ("Papers") that (i) costs money and (ii) does not really function
as a bibliography manager and (iii) is still in its infancy. The
newsletter readers may be interested in learning that there is BibDesk
which does not have any of these shortcomings. It evolved as a graphical Bibfile-Editor, but has been
doing iTunes style pdf-organizing for a while and comes with awesome
features like citekey-generation and -autocompletion in your favorite
In a word, it is the best thing since sliced bread, and I would have
thought that any academic Mac user is using it already.
[Ed: Nostra Culpa]
(now a postdoc at the University of Chicago) writes:
Well, i'm starting a 2 year postdoc here, Na'ama is assistant
professor in the Dept. of Near Eastern Language and Cultures. We live
in a beautiful 4 bedroom apartment in Hyde Park, 20 meters away from
Powell's, the world's most fantastic bookstore, and we saw Obama's
snipers climbing up and down the synagogue where Martha Nussbaum had
her bat-mitzvah. Alma goes to a local child care and, against our
advice, has set her parameter for causative formation to zero
derivation (the other day she said (the Hebrew version of) "eat me
with some strawberries" ). It turns out that Leonard Linsky is our
upstairs neighbor. What else? It's unreasonably cold. But the city and
the neighborhood are nevertheless utterly charming. We're getting a
cat, probably to be named Smila. Tommy Grano, who I TAed at some
point, is here and seems to be doing very interesting
stuff. Generally, the department seems exciting and is very welcoming,
and they have a social that brings back memories. They even had cheap
California wine last week...
[The Sesquipedalian welcomes sentimental notes, nostalgic meanderings,
or even simple news items from department alumni.... Sigh, it takes us
back - the Sesquipeditor]
Tanya Nikitina gave a couple of talks while in Russia last November:
Eve Clark is giving a keynote talk ("Acquisition in interaction")
in Groningen, at the conference on
Relating Asymmetries between Speech and Comprehension
in the Acquisition of Language,
24-25 January 2009.
- "Systems of 'split' encoding of goal and source arguments: Toward a typology".
The 5th Conference on Typology and Grammar for Young Scholars, organized by
the Institute for Linguistic Studies (St. Petersburg, November 9, 2008).
- "Grammaticalization theory and the typology of adpositional systems".
Seminar on grammaticalization at St. Petersburg University.
To: email@example.comThe Hurricane Katrina Room, which is still under construction.
The Alberto Gonzales Room, where you won't be able to remember
The Texas Air National Guard Room, where you don't even have to show up.
The Walter Reed Hospital Room, where they don't let you in.
The Guantanamo Bay Room, where they don't let you out.
The Weapons of Mass Destruction Room, which no one has been able
The National Debt Room, which is huge and has no ceiling.
The Tax Cut Room, with entry only to the wealthy.
The Economy Room, which is in the toilet.
The Iraq War Room. (After you complete your first visit, they make you to
go back for a second, third, fourth, and sometimes fifth visit.)
The Dick Cheney Room, in the famous undisclosed location, complete with
The Environmental Conservation Room, still empty.
The Supreme Court Gift Shop, where you can buy an election.
The Airport Men's Room, where you can meet some of your favorite
The Decider Room, complete with dart board, magic 8-ball, Ouija board,
dice, coins, and straws.
Subject: Fwd: Presidential library for W
Dear Fellow Constituent
The George W Bush Presidential Library is now in the planning
stages and accepting donations. The Library will include:
The library will feature an electron microscope to help you locate and
view the President's accomplishments.
The library will also include many famous Quotes by George W. Bush:
'The vast majority of our imports come from outside the country.'
'If we don't succeed, we run the risk of failure.'
'Republicans understand the importance of bondage between a mother and child.'
'No senior citizen should ever have to choose between prescription
drugs and medicine.'
'I believe we are on an irreversible trend toward more freedom and democracy
- but that could change.'
'One word sums up probably the responsibility of any Governor, and
that one word is 'to be prepared'.'
'Verbosity leads to unclear, inarticulate things.'
'I have made good judgments in the past. I have made good judgments in
'The future will be better tomorrow.'
'We're going to have the best educated American people in the world.'
'One of the great things about books is sometimes there are some
fantastic pictures.' (during an
'Illegitimacy is something we should talk about in terms of not having it.'
'We are ready for any unforeseen event that may or may not occur.'
'It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the
impurities in our air and water that are
'I stand by all the misstatements that I've made.'...George W. Bush to
PLEASE GIVE GENEROUSLY!
Jack Abramoff, Co-Chair G.W. Bush Library Board of
For events farther in the future consult the Upcoming Events Page
FRIDAY, 23 JANUARY
MONDAY, 26 JANUARY
"Discussion of chapter 2 of Fixing Frege"
Chris Potts (UMass Amherst)
"Characterizing exclamatives cross-linguistically with large corpora"
3:30pm, Bldg. 460, Room 126
UCSC Linguistics Colloquium
Tomas Riad (University of Stockholm and Research Fellow, Swedish Academy)
"Morphological distribution of tone in Swedish"
4:00pm, Humanities One, Room 210, UCSC
TUESDAY, 27 JANUARY
Alex Jaker will be reporting back to us about the talks at CUNY's
"Foot in Phonology" conference that he attended this past weekend.
4:00pm, MJH Chair's Office
Cognition and Language Workshop
Ronald Langacker (UCSD)
4:15pm, Cordura 100
WEDNESDAY, 28 JANUARY
John Burgess (Princeton)
"Putting Structuralism in Its Place"
4:15pm, Building 80-115
THURSDAY, 29 JANUARY
FRIDAY, 30 JANUARY
Empirical Syntax Research Seminar
3:00pm, ExL Lab (420-067)
UPCOMING EVENTS (always under construction)
LINGUISTIC DEPARTMENT EVENTS PAGE
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subscribing to the CSLI Calendar, available HERE.
WHAT'S HAPPENING AT UC SANTA CRUZ?
Giorgio Magri (MIT)
"A Theory of Individual Level Predicates Based on Blind Mandatory Scalar
3:30, Bldg. 460, Room 126
5:00pm, the lounge
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23 January 2009
Vol. 5, Issue 12
IN THIS ISSUE
Editor in Chief:
Ivan A. Sag
Susan D. Fischer