SPLAP!Monday, 12:20 – 1:20 pm, LCR There will be a discussion of a paper titled “Presupposition projection in online processing” (Schwarz and Tiemann 2017)

LaLoCoTuesday, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Stevenson 217 Continued discussion of word2vec and related word-meaning models. The focus will be specifically on two papers: “Distributed Representations of Words and Phrases and their Compositionality” and “GloVe: Global Vectors for Word Representation

LIPThursday, 11:00 – 12:00 pm, LCR Grant McGuire will present data from a Turkish prosody project

s/labThursday, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, LCR Matt Wagers will be presenting

PhlunchFriday, 1:30 – 2:30 pm, LCR Netta Ben-Meir will lead a discussion of a paper titled “Phonetic neutralization in Palestinian Arabic vowel shortening, with implications for lexical organization” (Hall 2017)


We welcome a new research visitor to the department this quarter. Anastasiia (Ana) Ionova is a doctoral student in Linguistics at Leiden University in the Netherlands, where she works with Anikó Lipták and Lisa Cheng on the project Ellipsis Licensing Beyond Syntax. Ana will be a visiting graduate student at the LRC for the Winter Quarter and she hopes to continue work on her project examining second position clitics in Serbo-Croatian and their interaction with ellipsis.


As we mentioned in the January 15 volume of WHASC, the February 5th deadline for the Dizikes Award nominations is fast approaching. The call is repeated below:

Since 2002, the Dizikes Award has been given each year to a faculty member in the Humanities Division for their commitment and effectiveness in transformative teaching and effective mentoring of both undergraduate and graduate students. In addition to receiving the award, recipients have the honor of selecting an undergraduate student to receive a scholarship in their name. Past recipients include Pranav Anand in 2016, Donka Farkas in 2013, Jorge Hankamer in 2011, and Jaye Padgett in 2006. Current students and recent alumni are now invited to nominate faculty for the 2018 award. According to the call, “Nominations should address the faculty member’s ability to arouse curiosity in students, to encourage high standards, and to stimulate students to original and rigorous work though guidance and mentoring. Other criteria include creating an inclusive learning environment that is open and encouraging to all students, relating the subject to other fields of knowledge and making the learning relevant to experience outside the academy.” Nominations must include a single-page form, available here, along with a one-page narrative. Nominations should be submitted to the the Linguistics Undergraduate Coordinator Matthew MacLeod by Monday February 5th, 2018. If you are considering a nomination, you are encouraged to consult with Matthew for guidance.


The most recent issue of Linguistic Inquiry (Volume 49, Number 1) just hit the streets and in it can be found a paper by Jorge Hankamer and alumna Line Mikkelsen, who is now associate professor in the Department of Linguistics at Berkeley. Jorge and Line’s paper is Structure, Architecture, and Blocking and it deals with the complex conditions governing the realization of the definite determiner in Danish as a post-nominal suffix or as a pre-nominal article. The paper can be downloaded here.


The 2nd Crete Summer School of Linguistics will take place in Rethymnon, Crete, during the second two weeks of July 2018. The school will feature both introductory courses and advanced seminars on syntax, phonology, sign language, morphology, semantics, syntax-semantics interface, phonology-syntax interface, language evolution, animal communication and historical linguistics. One of the distinctive features of the school has been its emphasis on co-teaching and one of this year’s courses (on Ellipsis) will be team-taught by Jim McCloskey and Tim Stowell of UCLA. Students who would like to take advantage of the opportunity to do high-end theoretical linguistics in the Mediterranean sun should apply here before April 1st. All relevant information is available on the school’s website.