As a Faculty Fellow this year of UCSC’s Institute for Humanities Research, our own Grant McGuire will give a talk this Friday, May 17th, at 4:00 pm, in Humanities 1, Room 210 (Not the Fireside, please note). The title of his talk is “Separating voice prototypicality and stereotypicality”, and you can find the abstract here.
There will be two talks this week by Ad Neeleman (University College London), both organized by the Cross-Linguistic Investigations in Syntax-Phonology (CrISP) research group. On Wednesday, May 15th (10:30-12 am, Stevenson 249), he will give an informal workshop presentation titled “e” (see abstract below). On Thursday, May 16th (4-5:30, Humanities 1 Room 210), he will give a colloquium titled “Person: Inventory and Realization”. You can find the abstract for this talk here.
Abstract for May 15 workshop talk: The copy theory of movement (Chomsky 1995), in conjunction with the fact that traces are phonologically empty, forces a filler-driven parsing strategy for movement. We argue that this parsing strategy in turn explains certain asymmetries between leftward and rightward movement, on the assumption that empty branches must be located at the leading edge of the parse. In particular, non-string-vacuous rightward movement of obligatory material causes parsing difficulties, because it requires that an empty branch is pushed away from the leading edge before it can be filled by a copy of the moved constituent. We consider two rightward movements: heavy-NP shift and rightward movement of N (or N+A) in the extended nominal protection.
The 9th annual Graduate Research Symposium takes place Friday, May 10th, 2013, from 1:30 to 3:30 in the Information Commons South area of McHenry Library. Linguistics will be represented by Tommy Denby, Peter Fabian, Mark Norris, and Matt Ong, who are giving posters, and Allan Schwade, who is giving a short talk at 3:10 in Presentation Room 1. Judges include Sandy Chung and Irena Polic. To see the program, click here. To learn more about the Graduate Research Symposium, click here.
S-Circle at UC Santa Cruz is hosting an informal WORKSHOP ON PARENTHETICALS this Friday, April 26th from 2:00 to 6:00 pm. The workshop will take place in the Linguistics Common Room (Stevenson 249) and will feature three talks:
‘Notes on ki-clauses (in Turkish)’
Güliz Günes and James Griffiths (U. Groningen)
‘Crossing the Appositive/At-Issue Meaning Boundary’
Adrian Brasoveanu (UCSC) with Scott AnderBois (U. Rochester) and Robert Henderson (McGill)
‘Types of Semantic Content’
Donka Farkas (UCSC)
A detailed program with abstracts is available here.
Every quarter Stevenson College chooses a Stevenson Faculty Fellow to give a general audience talk. The next talk will be by our own Adrian Brasoveanu, speaking about “Scales of Negativity. The talk will be Wednesday, April 10, at 4:30 in the Stevenson Fireside Lounge. To read the abstract, click here. Hope to see you there!
The next S-Circle meeting will be this Friday, March 15th, 4 pm in the Linguistics Common Room. The speaker will be Anie Thompson, whose talked is titled “Toward Understanding Japanese Argument Anaphors”. Find the abstract here.
Linguistics Research Center visitor Francis Corblin (Universite Paris – Sorbonne) will give an S-Circle talk on Monday, March 11 at 4 pm in the Linguistics Common Room (Stevenson 249). The full S-Circle schedule for this quarter is available here.
S-Circle is back this week with a talk by Judith Aissen titled “Partial agreement in Tzotzil”. Find the abstract below. As usual, S-Circle meets at 4 pm on Friday (March 1) in the Linguistics Common Room (Stevenson 249).
Abstract: This paper starts with a simple morphological observation: in Tzotzil (Mayan), plural agreement with 1st and 2nd persons, though generally obligatory, can sometimes be omitted. Roughly, omission of number marking is possible when the plurality of the same referent is marked on a distinct ‘nearby’ element. The main descriptive issue addressed here is what ‘nearby’ means. Various possibilities come to mind. One is that ‘partial agreement’ is a discourse phenomenon – that plural marking can be omitted when the plurality of the referent has been morphologically established in nearby discourse. Another is that partial agreement is basically morphological and reflects a dis-preference for double plural marking on nearby elements. We will show that partial agreement in Tzotzil is neither of these. Rather it is fundamentally syntactic, for the possibility of partial agreement is determined by locality conditions which are unmistakably syntactic in character. Hence, while the optionality of plural marking for 1st and 2nd persons is in itself a simple morphological alternation, it provides a surprisingly rich window on syntactic structure in Tzotzil and the nature of syntactic locality.
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- Informational talk on Speech Pathology programStarts: 4:00 pmEnds: May 28, 2013 - 5:00 pmLocation: Stevenson 249Description: Angela Aiello, UCSC alum (BA 2003, MA 2010), and soon to be a graduate of the Communicative Disorders and Sciences program at San Jose State, will give an informational talk about the program.
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