is "resting uncomfortably" (her words) after successful back
In other news, Uli Sauerland
recently managed to spend a week with the Pirahã
(thanks to EU-funding, two Brazilian government approvals, and Doug
Ball's willingness to fill in for him in his class). Uli joined a team of three
there (two Brazilians and a PhD-student from Berlin). He reports that there
are three tidbits about the Pirahã: They used to fight a lot (he met a
guy who claims to have eaten an enemy's flesh when he was
younger). Now they are peaceful and friendly -- Uli got adopted as
"Pohoipai" and, as you can see, he got the body paint to go with the
name. They still live largely as hunter-gatherers, but grow maniok
and possibly some bananas and papaya. However, they are largely
monolingual and have little contact with the outside world -- when they
saw a picture of San Francisco and they assumed it was Humaitá, the
Brazilian small city nearest -- i.e. a day away by car and boat from
[So what does it all mean? Is recursion innate?
Is there UG in the Chomskyan sense? Is Everett right? Are Pesetsky and co. right? Are
neither of them right? So many questions.... So little time -- the Sesquipeditor]
gave a talk on Thursday at the UC Davis
Linguistics Department. His title was: "Relativizer Omission in
Anglophone Caribbean Creoles, Appalachian, and AAVE, with implications
for the controversy over the English/Creole origins of AAVE". As
John's abstract reports, his results "may be bad news for attempts to
close off the long-standing debate about AAVE's creole origins, but it
opens new vistas for studying and understanding variability in
English, and in language more generally."
We've also got some students and alums at the 31st Annual Meeting of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft
in Osnabrück, Germany, and most of their names start with S:
- Scott Grimm
"An empirical view on raising to subject"
- Stefan Kaufmann (Northwestern University)
"On the projection of expressive presuppositions"
- Sven Lauer
"The -ever in whatever: What, and how?"
- Stephanie Shih, Jason Grafmiller, Richard Futrell and Joan Bresnan
"Rhythm's Role in genitive and dative construction
choice in spoken English"
It was "Stanford Psycho"
(-linguistics) night recently in San Diego, though some of the
Stanford folks had come from pretty far away... And some of their faces looked pretty
red, but we don't think they were really embarrassed:
For events farther in the future consult the Upcoming Events Page
FRIDAY, 27 FEBRUARY
MONDAY, 2 MARCH
WEDNESDAY, 4 MARCH
Sam Tilsen (UC Berkeley)
"Evidence for covariability of rhythmic and intergestural timing"
12:00pm, ExL Lab
"Finnish CultureSampo: Cultural Heritage on the Semantic Web"
3:00pm, South Hall room 107, UC Berkeley
Department Colloquium/SocioRap/Dissertation Proposal Talk
"Acquisition of Sociolinguistic Variation in a Mandarin-English Dual
5:00pm, the lounge
THURSDAY, 5 MARCH
Linguistics Department Open House
Come meet the prospies!
12:00pm, MJH 126 -- with lunch!
Come drink and "socio"-lize with real live sociolinguists!
5:15, meet in the kitchen
FRIDAY, 6 MARCH
Sociolunch goes Marxist this week. Find the reading HERE
12:00, the Chair's Office.
"A System of the World"
4:00pm, Building E room EJ228, SRI International, Menlo Park
SATURDAY, 7 MARCH
MONDAY, 9 MARCH
Linguistics and Santa Cruz
Papers presented by UCSC graduate students
UCSC Alumni speaker Ted Fernald (Swarthmore)
9:00am-4:00pm, Humanities One, Rm 202, UCSC
In Cordura 100:
8:30 - 9:00 bagels and coffee
9:00 - 9:45 Jeremy Meyers: Hybrid Mereology for Spatial Objects and Situations
9:45 - 10:30 Darko Sarenac (Colorado State / Philosophy): Is S4 Complete over the Coast of Britain?
10:30 - 10:40 break
10:40 - 11:25 James Pustejovsky (Brandeis / Computer Science): Spatiotemporal Properties of Motion in Language
11:25 - 12:10 Mark Gawron (San Diego State / Linguistics): Verbs and Axes
12:10 - 1:30 Lunch
1:30 - 2:15 Daniel Bobrow, Cleo Condoravdi (PARC), Elizabeth Coppock (CYC), and Annie Zaenen: Extended Paths
2:15 - 3:00 Rusty Bobrow (BBN): Where did you go? Why do you want to know?
3:00 - 3:10 break
3:10 - 3:55 Herbert H. Clark (Stanford / Psychology) and Leila Takayama (NRC): Displaced Places in Communication
3:55 - 4:40 Beth Driver (NGA): Observations, Applications, Examples
4:45 - 5:15 General Discussion
5:15 - 7:00 Reception at CSLI
FRIDAY-SATURDAY, 13-14 MARCH
4:00pm, Chair's Office
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?
"The Construction of Meaning"
with many special talks by department alums
All Day, MJH 126
WHAT'S GOING ON AT UC BERKELEY?
The Stanford Blood Center
is reporting a shortage of types O-, A-. For
an appointment, visit http://bloodcenter.stanford.edu/
or call 650-723-7831.
It only takes an hour of your time and you get free cookies. And the Blood Center recently got a new bloodmobile. Check it out
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27 February 2009
Vol. 5, Issue 17
IN THIS ISSUE
Editor in Chief:
Ivan A. Sag
Laura Staum Casasanto
Susan D. Fischer