SPLAP: Monday, 1:20 – 2:20 pm, LCR This week a special meeting of SPLAP took place where visitor Jérémy Pasquereau discussed his research on embedded polarity particles in French
s/lab: Wednesday, 3:00 – 4:00 pm, LCR Margaret Kroll will be presenting on the role of prosody and discourse status in the allocation of working memory resources
LaLoCo: Thursday, 2:00 – 3:00 pm, LCR Continued discussion of chapter 4 of the textbook “Introduction to Connectionist Modelling of Cognitive Processes”, in addition to taking a look at distributional semantics
This weekend Ryan Bennett attended CILLA VIII in Austin, TX. He had this to say:
“CILLA VIII brought together specialists on a wide range of indigenous Latin American languages, including languages spoken at the bottom of South America, the top of Mexico, and everywhere in between. I presented on the phonetics and phonology of stop consonants in Kaqchikel, and was very pleased to see friends and colleagues in the room from Mexico, Guatemala, and all over the United States. The diversity and quality of the work presented at the conference was truly impressive: I myself saw top-notch presentations on phonetics, phonology, syntax, morphology, diachrony, and anthropology, almost all of which drew on original fieldwork with indigenous languages of South America and Mesoamerica.
UCSC was well-represented at CILLA: apart from my own presentation, there were talks by UCSC alums Robert Henderson and Scott AnderBois, and UCSC Professor Emerita Judith Aissen was also in attendance. This was my first time participating in CILLA – I cannot believe I waited this long to attend, and will definitely be attending in the future if at all possible.”
SPLAP: Wednesday, 1:20 – 2:20 pm, LCR There will be a discussion of Aloni (2005), on the topic of “A Formal Treatment of the Pragmatics of Questions and Attitudes”
s/lab: Wednesday, 3:00 – 4:00 pm, LCR Nick Van Handel will be presenting his current research on adaptation to prepositional object gaps
LaLoCo: Thursday, 2:00 – 3:00 pm, LCR Discussion of chapter 4 of the textbook “Introduction to Connectionist Modelling of Cognitive Processes”, which introduces autoassociative neural networks
WLMA: Friday, 10:00 – 11:30 am, Stevenson 217 Judith Aissen will be leading a discussion of Kotek and Erlewine (2016), which is about “Unifying definite and indefinite free relatives: evidence from Mayan”
Phlunch: Friday, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, LCR Ryan Bennett will be leading a discussion of Shaw and Kawahara (2018), an experimental study of devoiced vowels in Japanese
S-Circle: Friday, 4:00 – 5:30 pm, LCR Jim McCloskey will be speaking on the subject of “Microparameters in a tiny space — stranding at the edge”
On the weekend of 20-21 October, the 10th annual California Universities Semantics and Pragmatics (CUSP) conference was held at UC Irvine. In tribute to the pan-Californian spirit of CUSP, five graduate students from three California universities carpooled from the bay to SoCal — Deniz Rudin of UCSC, Maura O’Leary of UCLA (a former UCSC undergrad and current visitor to the department), and Lelia Glass, Ciyang Qing and Brandon Waldon of Stanford. Rudin spoke on rising imperatives, O’Leary on tense in cleft constructions, Glass on the correlation between causativity and distributivity, Qing on Mandarin dou, and Waldon on the strength and weakness of might and must. Also in attendance was Santa Crucian Hitomi Hirayama, who presented a QUD-based analysis of Japanese contrastive wa, and replaced Glass on the return trip to the North.
The conference was rich with presentations on other topics from students at other California universities, and on display throughout was an atmosphere of discussion that maintained a pleasant balance between trenchant, searching engagement and warm, welcoming collegiality — as always, CUSP serves as an annual reminder that we’re all very lucky to be studying meaning in the Golden State.
SPLAP: Wednesday, 1:20 – 2:20 pm, LCR There will be a discussion of Chapter 6 of Benjamin George’s dissertation
s/lab: Wednesday, 3:00 – 4:00 pm, LCR Jed Pizarro-Guevara will be presenting his work on filler-gap dependencies in Tagalog
WLMA: Friday, 10:00 – 11:30 am, Stevenson 217 Jason Ostrove will be talking about deriving “clitic doubling” in San Martín Peras Mixtec
Phlunch: Friday, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, LCR Nick Kalivoda will present his work on “Transparency and Opacity in Hiatus Resolution”
LIP: Friday, 3:00 – 3:45 pm, Stevenson 217 Maho Morimoto will be presenting a recent experiment on geminated liquids in Japanese
S-Circle: Friday, 4:00 – 5:30 pm, LCR Anissa Zaitsu will present her work on the subject of tenseless clauses in Why-questions