SPOT VISITORS SPOTLIGHT

In connection with the IHR-sponsored SPOT workshop, we will be hosting several visiting faculty in the department this week. Besides giving their respective talks, they will be attending seminars, reading groups, and holding office hours.

Please welcome:
Shin Ishihara (Lund University, Sweden): Monday 11/13 – Sat 11/18
Lisa Selkirk (UMass, Amherst): Friday 11/17 – Sat 11/18

HOW OUR READINGS ARE GROUPING THIS WEEK

SPLAP: Wednesday, 1:20 – 2:20 pm, LCR There will be a discussion of Chapter 3 of Wataru Uegaki’s dissertation

s/lab: Wednesday, 3:00 – 4:00 pm, LCR Amanda Rysling and visiting BA alum Shayne Sloggett will be presenting

LaLoCoThursday, 2:00 – 3:00 pm, LCR Continued discussion of  Chapter 5 of the textbook “Intro to Connectionist Modeling of Cognitive Processes”, which is about back-propagation and multi-layer networks

PhlunchFriday, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, LCR Andrew Angeles will be leading a discussion of “Postfocal Downstep in German” (Kügler and Féry 2017)

 

FOLEY AT NELS

Fourth-year grad student Steven Foley recently visited Reykjavík for NELS 48, hosted by the University of Iceland. There he presented recent work on Georgian relative clause processing, done in collaboration with Matt Wagers. Steven reports an altogether lively and stimulating conference, which featured a number of Santa Cruz alumni, including Eric Baković, Matt Barros, Boris Harizanov, Eric Potsdam, Kyle Rawlins, Rachel Walker, and Aaron Steven White. But more impressive than the conference was Iceland itself. Just outside Reykjavík is an otherworldly landscape of lava fields, glaciers, and geysers (pictured). Steven regrets missing a few other natural phenomena the country is known for (the northern lights, Björk), so he hopes it won’t take another 48 years for Iceland to host NELS again.

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UPCOMING SPOT WORKSHOP NOVEMBER 18

Junko Ito and Armin Mester are mounting a one-day IHR (Institute of Humanities Research)-sponsored workshop on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, called SPOT (“Syntax-Prosody in Optimality Theory”) at Santa Cruz. They provide additional details:

“This is part of our research project aiming to create a computational platform that generates prosodic candidate sets from syntactic structures. Besides a presentation of the pilot SPOT program by Nick Kalivoda and Jenny Bellik, the workshop will consist of research talks focused on the syntax-prosody interface. The invited speakers are Lisa Selkirk (UMass/Amherst) and Shin Ishihara (Lund University, Sweden), and more locally, Nicholas Rolle (UC Berkeley), and Ryan Bennett and Jim McCloskey (UC Santa Cruz).

Here is the program with links to abstracts of the talks:

http://ihr.ucsc.edu/event/spot-syntax-prosody-in-ot-workshop/

We hope you will be able to join us!”

HOW OUR READINGS ARE GROUPING THIS WEEK

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

LaLoCoThursday, 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