Summer Linguistics Fellowship

Published: November 18th, 2014

The Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin and the National Humanities Center in North
Carolina are soliciting applications for the 2015/16 SIAS Summer Institute:
The Investigation of Linguistic Meaning: In the Armchair, in the Field, and in
the Lab. The Summer Institute wants to attract 20 postdoctoral fellows from
one of three fields: (a) Theoretical Linguistics, especially Semantics and its
interfaces with Pragmatics, Syntax, and Phonology, (b) Cognitive Psychology
and Cognitive Neuroscience, and (c) Linguistic and Anthropological Fieldwork.
SIAS Summer Institutes are designed to support the development of scholarly
networks and collaborative projects among young scholars from the United
States and Europe. The institutes are open to scholars who have received a
Ph.D. within the past five years and Ph.D. candidates who are now studying or
teaching at a European or American institution of higher education. SIAS
Summer Institute fellows will be brought together in two two-week summer
institutes in two consecutive years.

July 20 to 31, 2015, Berlin, Germany, organized by the Wissenschaftskolleg and
July 18 to 29, 2016, National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park, North

Application Deadline:
January 6, 2015. F

Full call for applications with application details:

One goal of the 2015/16 Summer Institute will be interdisciplinary team
building, resulting in joint publications at the end of the project. A second
goal will be capacity building, especially the acquisition of methods in the
neighboring fields.

Angelika KRATZER, Professor of Linguistics, University of Massachusetts at
Manfred KRIFKA, Professor of General Linguistics at Humboldt Universität
Berlin and Director of the Zentrum für Sprachwissenschaft, Berlin (ZAS).
Guest lecturers
Emmanuel CHEMLA, Research Scientist (CNRS), Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives
et Psycholinguistique, École Normale Supérieure, Paris
Lisa MATTHEWSON, Professor, Department of Linguistics, University of British
Jesse SNEDEKER, Professor, Department of Psychology, Harvard University
Malte ZIMMERMANN, Professor of Semantics and Theory of Grammar, Universität

Stipends and Expenses:
The program will cover the cost of travel, meals, and lodging for both the
United States and European meetings. Fellows will also receive a small

Sponsors and Administration:
In the United States the institute is administered by the National Humanities
Center. In Europe it is administered by the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. The
program is made possible by grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and
the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. SIAS Summer Institutes are sponsored by
SIAS (Some Institutes for Advanced Study).

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science

LINGUIST List: Vol-25-4602

Presentation by Prof. Byron Ahn: “Focusing on Reflexives”

Published: November 17th, 2014

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 19:00
@ KCB 101
Type: BULA lectures

The second talk in BULA’s brand new “Faculty Spotlight” series (co-sponsored by the Department of Romance Studies).



Answers to subject questions have focus stress on the subject (Halliday 1967, Krifka 2004, and many, many others).

(1) Q: Who mocked Danny? (Subject Question)

✓ A1: JANET mocked Danny.

✗ A2: Janet mocked DANNY.

This pattern is extremely robust. However, Spathas 2010, Ahn 2012, and Ahn 2014 have noted one apparent exception: sentences with a reflexive pronoun (e.g., himself, herself, ourselves, …).

(2) Q: Who mocked Danny? (Subject Question)

✗ A1: DANNY mocked himself.

✓ A2: Danny mocked HIMSELF.

Even though the question in (2) is a subject question, focus stress falls on the object, himself. This pattern shows that the linguistic properties of sentences with a reflexive pronoun are different from other sentences — this talk explores what those differences are, and sheds light on the way syntax, semantics, and phonology are connected.



Source: Boston University Linguistics Association

Local Talk at Harvard University: GSAS Workshop on Indo-European and Historical Linguistics

Published: November 17th, 2014

Speaker: Andrés Enrique-Arias (University of the Balearic Islands)

Title: “On the Origin of si as an Interrogative Particle in Old Spanish”

Date: Friday, November 21 at 4:30 p.m., Boylston Hall 104

9th International Conference on Language Teacher Education

Published: November 13th, 2014

9th International Conference on Language Teacher Education

Date: 14-May-2015 – 16-May-2015
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Contact Person: Carla Staff
Meeting Email:
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition

Call Deadline: 15-Jan-2015

Meeting Description:

The Ninth International Conference on Language Teacher Education welcomes proposals for papers and symposia on all aspects of the education and professional development of language teachers. Papers and symposia may report on data-based research, theoretical and conceptual analyses, or best practices in language teacher education.

The mission of the conference is to address the education of teachers of all languages, at all instructional and institutional levels, and in all the many national and international contexts in which this takes place, including: English as a Second or Foreign Language (ESL/EFL) instruction; foreign/modern/world language teaching; bilingual education; immersion education; indigenous and minority language education; and the teaching of less commonly taught languages. The conference aims to bring together teacher educators from these many contexts to discuss and share research, theory, and best practices and to initiate and sustain meaningful professional dialogue across languages, levels, and settings. The conference will focus on the following four broad themes:

- The Knowledge Base of Language Teacher Education
- Social, Cultural, and Political Contexts of Language Teacher Education
- Collaborations in Language Teacher Education
- Processes of Language Teacher Education

See detailed information about the conference themes at:

Featured Plenary Speakers:

- Maria Carreira, Professor, California State University, Long Beach
- Fernando Rubio, Associate Professor, University of Utah
- Angela Scarino, Associate Professor, University of South Australia
- Annela Teemant, Associate Professor, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Call for Papers:

Types of Sessions:

- Symposia (2 hours): A symposium provides an opportunity for a group of individuals (typically three to five) to propose a specific issue or topic in the field of language teacher education and examine it from a variety of perspectives.
- Paper Sessions (25-minute papers): A paper involves a 25-minute presentation on a topic related to one of the four themes. Papers will be grouped thematically when possible.
- Discussion Sessions (55 minutes): Discussion Sessions address a topic best pursued through extended dialogue among participants. These sessions will begin with a short (10 minute) informal presentation; the remaining time will be devoted to discussion moderated by the presenter/facilitator.

Call submission instructions and link to the online submission system can be found at:

Note: All proposals should be appropriate for an audience of language teacher educators and fit within one of the four themes listed above.

LINGUIST List: Vol-25-4537

“Luwian ‘Indeterminate’ Relative Clauses and their Prehistory”

Published: November 10th, 2014

Local Talk at Harvard University on Historical Linguistics

Speaker: Anthony Yates (UCLA)

Title: “Luwian ‘Indeterminate’ Relative Clauses and their Prehistory”

Date: Wednesday, November 12 at 5:00 p.m., Boylston Hall 105

Click here for more information.



Published: November 3rd, 2014

The Society for Language Development announces this year’s Symposium

The Representation of Number: Origins and Development

Invited Speakers:

Elizabeth Spelke, Harvard University

Elizabeth Brannon, Duke University

Jessica Cantlon, University of Rochester

Thursday, November 6, from 1:00 – 6:00 pm

George Sherman Union
Boston University
775 Commonwealth Ave.

A reception will follow

To pre-register for the symposium, as well as the BU Conference on Language Development, go to

BUCLD home page:

The cost of registration for the symposium is $20 for members, $10 for student members; $50 for non-members, $25 for student non-members

SLD Student Award:

The Society for Language Development invites applications for the SLD Student Award. This award is intended to help defray the costs of attending the Symposium, for graduate students who are presenting papers or posters at BUCLD. The award includes a year’s free membership in the Society for Language Development, free admission to this year’s SLD Symposium, and a cash award of $75. Applicants should send a CV and their accepted BUCLD abstract (paper, poster, or alternate status) by email to Cynthia Fisher at ; applications are due by Oct 1. Up to two graduate students whose CVs show a record of achievement and of sustained interest in interdisciplinary research will be selected. Award recipients will be notified by email before the conference (approximately Oct 15), and the awards will be announced at the SLD Symposium on Thursday November 6.



Workshop on Indo-European and Historical Linguistics at Harvard University

Published: November 3rd, 2014

Speaker: Thomas Palaima (University of Texas at Austin)

Title: “Mycenaean Kingship Ideology in Its Cultural Context: megaron, thronos, skēptron

Date: Friday, November 7 at 4:00 p.m., Boylston Hall 105

As always, there will be a reception after the talk in the Linguistics department (Boylston Hall, 3rd floor) to which you are all invited!

Local Talk at MIT: Towards a Unified Analysis of the Linguistic Development of Down Syndrome

Published: November 3rd, 2014

Speaker: Christiana Christodoulou (MIT Brain & Cognitive Sciences)
Title: Towards a Unified Analysis of the Linguistic Development of Down Syndrome
Date/Time: Thursday, November 6, 12:30-1:45pm

“Previous studies on the linguistic development of individuals diagnosed with Down Syndrome (DS) report both phonetic/phonological as well as morphosyntactic impairment. To date, there has not been any research on the effects of phonetic/phonological restrictions on inflectional marking, nor a theoretical analysis of the distinct performance of individuals with DS. Cypriot Greek individuals with DS exhibit distinct articulation and phonological difficulties that affect the production of inflectional marking. Once those are factored out, results reveal high accuracy rates (over 95%) with aspect, tense, person, number and case. In this talk I deal with the small residue of differences, which were morphosyntactically conditioned, and argue that the use of alternative forms exhibit a clear preference for the default value of each inflectional feature. I provide a unified analysis couched within the Distributed Morphology framework, covering both morphosyntactic as well as phonological differences. I suggest that failure to use the targeted form and the consistency in using default values derives from failure of the Subset Principle to fully apply.”

Talk at MIT: Syllables or Intervals? Welsh cynghanedd lusg rhymes

Published: October 31st, 2014

Date: Nov. 3 (M)

Time: 5:00 – 6:30
Location: 32D-461
Speaker: Gretchen Kern
Title: Syllables or Intervals? Welsh cynghanedd lusg rhymes
This talk will present my data and some preliminary analysis on my ongoing work on cynghanedd lusg, a type of line-internal, word-internal rhyme in Welsh poetry, based on a corpus of the works of Dafydd ap Gwilym. In these rhymes, the stressed penultimate vowel of a polysyllabic line-final word (and some number of following consonants) will correspond to the final vowel and any following consonants of a word earlier in the line.
(1) Ganed o’i fodd er goddef                                                       (Credo, line 25)
In many examples, the rhyme domain consists of the entire interval (even in consonant clusters) but some will have unanswered consonants in the line-final word:
(2) a. Mi a wn blas o lasgoed                                                   (Merch Gyndyn, line 31)

b. I waered yn grwm gwmpas,                                              (Gwahodd Dyddgu, line 25)
c. ‘Nychlyd f
ardd, ni’th gâr harddfun,                                  (Cyngor y Bioden, line 65)

This is similar, but not exactly like skaldic rhyme, where the unanswered consonants appear in the word on the left (3c):
(3) a. hann rekkir lið bannat                                           (from Háttatal, by Sturluson)

b. ungr stillir sá, milli (via Ryan 2010:5)
c. G
andvíkr, jǫfurr, landi

“Of mice and (of) men: Phonological influences on the omissibility of French ‘de’ in coordination”: A Talk by Dr. Kie Zuraw, Associate Professor of Linguistics at UCLA

Published: October 30th, 2014

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