Week of October 23, 2011

The Linguistic Society of America announced that Jorge Hankamer has been elected a Fellow of the Society. Jorge will be inducted, with other members of the 2012 class, in a ceremony which will take place during the LSA’s annual Business Meeting on Friday, January 6 at 5:30 pm, during the society’s Winter Meeting in Portland, Oregon.

A small class of Fellows (no more than 5% of the society’s membership) is elected each year in recognition of distinguished contributions to the discipline.

With Jorge’s election, the number of faculty members in the department to have been so honored rises to six (including 2 emeriti/ae). In addition to Jorge, Judith Aissen, Sandy Chung, Bill Ladusaw, Jim McCloskey, and Geoff Pullum are all LSA Fellows.


The preliminary program of the Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, to be held January 5-8, 2012, in Portland, Oregon, has now been posted. WHASC’s first reading of it reveals an unusually hefty UCSC presence. Among those delivering papers are grad students Ryan Bennett, Nick Deschenes, and Matt Tucker, and faculty members Amy Rose Deal, Wendell Kimper, and Geoffrey Pullum (emeritus). Bill Ladusaw will be the discussant on a panel about the undergraduate major in Linguistics. Grad student Robert Henderson will present a joint poster with alum Scott AnderBois (Ph.D. 2011, now University of Connecticut). Many other alums will be presenting papers, including Ph.D. alums Pete Alrenga (Boston University), Vera Gribanova (Stanford), Chris Kennedy (Chicago), Ruth Kramer (Georgetown), Vera Lee-Schoenfeld (University of Georgia), Anya Lunden (University of Georgia), Jason Merchant (Chicago), and Rachel Walker (USC), as well as B.A. alums Joseph Sabbagh (University of Texas, Arlington) and Mark Sicoli (University of Alaska, Fairbanks). On Friday evening, Jorge Hankamer will be inducted as a member of the 2012 class of LSA Fellows. On Saturday evening, the Presidential address will be delivered by Sandy Chung, Manuel F. Borja, and Matt Wagers.


This Wednesday (October 26) at 5 pm, Anie Thompson will present recent work on reference to adverbials in English at the Stanford Syntax and Morphology Circle. The title of the talk is “Argumental Reference to Adverbial Restrictors.” More information, including an abstract, can be found here.


The journal Linguistics and Philosophy has just published a paper by Adrian Brasoveanu and Donka Farkas, called “How indefinites choose their scope”. Find the paper here!


The current issue of Linguistic Inquiry (42.4, Fall 2011) sees the publication of Aaron Kaplan‘s paper Harmonic Improvement without Candidate Chains in Chamorro, a paper which grew out of Aaron’s dissertation Noniterativity is an Emergent Property of Grammar completed at UCSC in 2008. The abstract for the paper is available here.


Graduate student Tommy Denby has written with passion, insight, and tenderness about an important relationship in his life in a piece published in the September edition of The New Yorker (online version). Thanks to diehard Mets fan Judith Fiedler for the link.


The 38th annual meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society will be held at the University of California, Berkeley on February 11-12, 2012. The meeting will comprise a Thematic Session on language contact and a General Session. Abstracts are due November 14. To learn more, click here.


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