Woo Hoo! Just published by MIT:
H. Avelino, J. Coon and E. Norcliffe (eds.) 2009.
(and there's a paper in there by "E"...)
The Linguists on PBS Next Week
New Perspectives in Mayan Linguistics
MIT Working Papers in Linguistics, Volume 59.
The Linguists, the documentary about the fieldwork of K. David Harrison and Gregory Anderson, premiers on PBS on Thursday, February 26. Click through the image below for a trailer.
At the Semantics and Linguistic Theory (SALT) Conference, to be
held at THE Ohio State University from April 3-5, we
have the following Stanford-related talks:
- The puzzle of quasi prima and quasi dopo (poster)
Patricia Amaral, Fabio Del Prete
- Quantification in possessives (poster)
Itamar Francez (Chicago)
- A uniform analysis of conditional imperatives
Stefan Kaufmann (Northwestern),
- Characterizing and progressive readings of the imperfective:
partitions as quantificational domains
Ashwini Deo (Yale)
Dear UFPJ Supporter,
We are very pleased to invite you to join a call with Noam Chomsky,
one of the leading critics of U.S. foreign policy. He has agreed to do
a one-hour discussion with United For Peace and Justice next Thursday,
February 26. More specifically, he will be available to answer
questions about any number of current foreign policy issues.
Because we expect a great deal of interest in this call, we have set
up a system for you to sign up in advance. It's real easy, see below
for details. In addition to this being an incredible opportunity to
hear from the most prominent left scholar of his generation, this call
will also be a fund raising event for UFPJ. We are asking each person
who signs-up to make a donation of $10 -- although larger donations
are certainly appreciated as well.
There is limited space on this conference call, so please sign-up
immediately before space runs out! Again, see below for details.
The conference call will take place on Thursday, February 26. It will
begin at 8:30 PM EST (please adjust for your time zone) and will run
for one hour.
Since there will be many people on the call, it will not be possible
to open up to questions on the spur of the moment. Instead, we are
inviting you to submit your questions in advance, and no later than
Wednesday, February 25 at 12 noon EST. Submit your question by sending
an email to email@example.com -- and you must include your
name, the name of your group, and that this is a question you would
like to pose to Noam Chomsky.
We will sort through the questions submitted and pull out five
questions that reflect the issues people raise. We will then inform
those people who have been selected so they can raise the questions
during the call. Below are some suggestions for areas you might want
to submit questions on.
Before the call, we will make sure everyone who has signed-up gets the
National Coordinator, UFPJ
To sign up for the call:
1) Click here to be taken to UFPJ's Donation Page.
2) Fill out the form with your $10 (or more) donation (donations less
than $10 will not be accepted for the Chomsky call).
3) Under the tab 'Please Direct My Donation Towards...', select
'Chomsky Conference Call'. That will let us know the donation is for
the call, not just a regular donation -- so this is very important for
you to do!
We suggest you submit questions on any of these issues:
1) What the U.S. doing in Afghanistan and the relationship between
U.S. policy in Afghanistan and Pakistan
2) The Israeli/Palestinian situation and what the current Gaza crisis
tell us about the larger dynamic of Israeli-Palestinian relations --
what we might expect to see from the Obama administration in relation
to this issue
3) Changes throughout Latin America and how the U.S. is relating to those
Of course, you should feel free to submit any questions related to
Questions About the 2010 Olympics
Now that Vancouver has won the chance to host the 2010 Winter Olympics, people all over the world are asking questions. Believe it or not, these questions about Canada were posted on an International Tourism Website.
(Frightening, isn't it?)
Q: I have never seen it warm on Canadian TV, so how do the plants grow? (UK)
A. We import all plants fully grown and then just sit around and watch them die.
Q: Will I be able to see polar bears in the street? (USA)
A: Depends on how much you've been drinking.
Q: I want to walk from Vancouver to Toronto--can I follow the Railroad tracks? (Sweden)
A: Sure, it's only four thousand miles. Take lots of water.
Q: Can you give me some information about hippo racing in Canada? (USA)
A: A-fri-ca is the big triangle shaped continent south of Europe. Ca-na-da is that big country to your north...oh forget it. Sure, the hippo racing is every Tuesday night in Calgary. Come naked.
Q: Which direction is north in Canada? (USA)
A: Face south and then turn 180 degrees. Contact us when you get here, and we'll send the rest of the directions.
Q: Can I bring cutlery into Canada? (UK)
A: Why? Just use your fingers like we do.
Q: Can you send me the Vienna Boys' Choir schedule? (USA)
A: Aus-tri-a is that quaint little country bordering Ger-man-y, which is...oh forget it. Sure, the Vienna Boys Choir plays every Tuesday night in Vancouver and in Calgary, straight after the hippo races. Come naked.
Q: Do you have perfume in Canada? (Germany)
A: No, WE don't stink.
Q: Can you tell me the regions in British Columbia where the female population is smaller than the male population? (Italy)
A: Yes, gay nightclubs.
Q: Do you celebrate Thanksgiving in Canada? (USA)
A: Only at Thanksgiving.
Q: Are there supermarkets in Toronto and is milk available all year round? (Germany)
A: No, we are a peaceful civilization of Vegan hunter/gathers. Milk is illegal.
Q: I have a question about a famous animal in Canada, but I forget its name. It's a kind of big horse with horns. (USA)
A: It's called a moose. It is tall and very violent, eating the brains of anyone walking close to it. You can scare it off by spraying yourself with human urine before you go out walking.
Q: Will I be able to speak English most places I go? (USA)
A: Yes, but you will have to learn it first.
For events farther in the future consult the Upcoming Events Page
FRIDAY, 20 FEBRUARY
MONDAY, 23 FEBRUARY
THURSDAY, 26 FEBRUARY
Stephanie Shih, Jason Grafmiller, Richard Futrell, and Joan Bresnan
"Rhythm's Role in Genitive and Dative Construction Choice in Spoken English"
4:00pm, Chair's Office
FRIDAY, 27 FEBRUARY
SocioRap/Dissertation Proposal Talk
"Eastern Kentucky English and Ideology"
5:15pm snacks, 5:30pm talk, MJH 126
MONDAY, 2 MARCH
"Finnish CultureSampo: Cultural Heritage on the Semantic Web"
3:00pm, South Hall room 107, UC Berkeley
4:00pm, the lounge
And also, on March 7 there will be an all day conference
at CSLI (Cordura 100):
Spatial Relations: An Interdisciplinary Perspective
List of speakers / titles:
James Pustejovsky (Brandeis / Computer Science)
Spatiotemporal Properties of Motion in Language
Max J. Egenhofer (University of Maine / Spatial Information Science and Engineering)
Mark Gawron (San Diego State / Linguistics)
Verbs and Axes
Darko Sarenac (Colorado State / Philosophy)
Is S4 Complete over the Coast of Britain?
Herb S. Clark (Stanford / Psychology) and Leila A. Takayama (NRC)
Displaced Places in Communication
Annie Zaenen, Daniel G. Bobrow, Cleo Condoravdi (PARC), and Elizabeth Coppock (CYC)
Rusty Bobrow (BBN)
Beth Driver (NGA)
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.
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