Rebecca Greene has been awarded a Geballe Dissertation Fellowship (for
2009-10) at the Stanford Humanities Center. Congrats, Rebecca...!
And a warm Sesquisvagat to Lucas Champolion, who is visiting the
department this quarter.
I'm a 5th year Ph.D. student at the Department of Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania, originally from Germany. Right now I'm at the Palo Alto Research Center as a visiting researcher. My thesis advisors are Cleo Condoravdi at PARC/Stanford and Aravind Joshi at Penn. I'm interested in formal semantics, formal language theory and natural language processing. At the moment I'm working on my dissertation on the semantics of nominal distributivity ("Three girls wore a ring"), aspectually sensitive adverbials ("for an hour"), and measure phrases ("three gallons of rum"). The common property of all these constructions is that their truth conditions impose requirements on the subparts of some of their arguments. In the past, I've worked on binding theory, Tree-adjoining grammar, donkey sentences, and pedagogical software for semantics students.
Actually, I've been in California for almost a year now, but I've spent most of that time in my office and I'm happy to be in a linguistics department again. Thanks to all of you for the warm welcome!
Earlier this month, Paul Kiparsky was in Belém-Pará-Brasil, where he attended
a conference he's still talking about:
II Congresso Internacional de Estudos Lingüísticos e Literários na Amazônia
Diversidade e Adversidades na América Latina His talk was titled:
"MUDANÇA DE SOM" (which, for the Portuguese impaired among us, means "Sound Change").
Ivan Sag just got back from the UK, where he attended a workshop at
the University of York on
Formal vs. Processing Explanations of Syntactic Phenomena.
He presented a paper together with Philip Hofmeister (UCSD) on "Can Processing
Explain Subjacency Effects?" (The answer is "Yes").
Tine Breban is off at SHEL 6
conference on the Study of the History of
the English Language) in Banff (Canada). She is presenting a paper on the
semantic and formal characteristics of secondary grammaticalization.
Doug Ball is
down in Santa Cruz this weekend attending AFLA 16. He has a
poster there on "Hili-Clauses in Tongan".
There's a number of Stanford linguists presenting at the
California Universities Semantics and Pragmatics (CUSP) Conference
first annual meeting, to be held May 23-24 at UCLA:
- Inverse number marking in Dagaare - Scott Grimm
- The asymmetric distribution of quasi with temporal connectives -
Patricia Amaral & Fabio del Prete
- Free choice of the irgend kind: not as wide as you might think -
Another week, another name to identify. Be the first to identify
this name, then be the first to find Meghan and tell her
what it is, and then you can be the first to win this week's
And our British correspondent finally caught up with Sesquipeditor Ivan Sag
his recent trip to the UK. Here he is eating a healthy pizza salad
for lunch at the York workshop he attended.
Prepare yourselves! Next Saturday, May 9th, Stanford will
be hosting Trilateral Linguistics Weekend (TREND) 2009, this year
combining Syntax and Phonology in one conference. Word has it there
will be gripping talks and an outstanding social afterwards. Keep your
weekend clear for this event! Find a schedule of
Some 'Senior' personal ads seen in
the sunshine state:
(Who says seniors don't have a sense of humor?)
Sexy, fashion-conscious blue-haired beauty, 80's, slim, 5'4' (used to be 5'6'), searching for sharp-looking, sharp-dressing companion. Matching white shoes and belt a plus.
Recent widow who has just buried fourth husband, and am looking
for someone to round out a six-unit plot.
Dizziness, fainting, shortness of breath not a problem.
I am into solitude, long walks, sunrises, the ocean, yoga and meditation.
If you are the silent type, let's get together,
take our hearing aids out and enjoy quiet times.
Active grandmother with original teeth seeking a dedicated flosser
to share rare steaks, corn on the cob and caramel candy .
BEATLES OR STONES?:
I still like to rock, still like to cruise in my Camaro on
Saturday nights and still like to play the guitar.
If you were a groovy chick, or are now a groovy hen,
let's get together and listen to my eight-track tapes.
I can usually remember Monday through Thursday.
If you can remember Friday, Saturday and Sunday,
let's put our two heads together.
Male, 1932, high mileage, good condition, some
hair, many new parts including hip, knee, cornea, valves. Isn't in running condition, but walks well.
For events farther in the future consult the Upcoming Events Page
FRIDAY, 1 MAY
FRIDAY-SUNDAY, 1-3 MAY
MONDAY, 4 MAY
Caroline Piercy (U Essex)
'oh ar [əʊɑ-:]': An introduction to Dorset English
12:00pm, ExL Lab
Fritz Newmeyer (University of Washington)
What conversational English tells us about the
nature of grammar
3:30pm, MJH 126
THURSDAY, 7 MAY
4-5:30pm, 182 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley
FRIDAY, 8 MAY
Habiha Jerad (U Tunis)
On language planning and linguitics uses and change in multilingual contexts: the example of Tunisia
5:15pm snacks, 5:30pm talk, MJH 126
SATURDAY, 9 MAY
Students present research they've done for their QPs in a
1:00pm, MJH 126
The 33rd Stanford Child Language Research Forum,
on 'Experience and Variation in Learning a First Language'
will be held on July 10-12, 2009, as one of the Institute
Conferences during the LSA Summer Institute at
UC Berkeley. The two invited speakers are William
Croft (UNM) and Tom Griffiths (UC Berkeley). The Program
and general information on lodgings, etc., is available online.
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?
Trilateral Weekend - MJH Terrace Room
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