October 28, 2016

Awesomeness | BLS Deadlines | Festivities | Grammarama | Talks and Events

Please send information and news of departmental interest to Andrew Garrett.

Awesomeness

Congratulations to five Berkeley linguists who are giving papers at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas, which meets with the LSA in January in Austin, Texas:

  • Chris Beier, "General number exponence and concord in the Iquito noun phrase"
  • Kelsey Neely, "Toward an account of tonogenesis in Nawa Panoan languages"
  • Zach O'Hagan, "Intransitive Subject Extraction and 'Stativity' in Kampan Arawak"
  • Rich Rhodes, "Bipartite verb structure and serial verbs"
  • Tammy Stark, "Caribbean Northern Arawak subgrouping: lexical phylogenetics and comparative morphology"

Combined, the published LSA and SSILA programs show the following numbers of presentations with authors from these institutions:

  • 25: UT Austin (where the event is happening)
  • 23: Berkeley
  • 15: UCLA
  • 13: Penn, Stanford
  • 12: Chicago, MIT
  • 10: UC San Diego

Go Bears!

BLS Deadlines

The abstract deadline for BLS 43 (the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society) is Tuesday, November 1!

Festivities

The second Inkling of 2016-17 will take place on Monday, October 31, from 3:30 to 5 pm in 1229 Dwinelle. All are welcome to our monthly social hour (and a half) with tea, coffee, and potluck treats – you'll find talk about work, life, ideas, and the pursuit of happiness, as well as an exciting Contest and an Awesome Prize.

  • Potluck: If your last name begins with the letters H-N (e.g. Haas), you are encouraged to bring something tasty. The department will provide beverages (coffee, tea, juice).
  • Contest & Prize: On the occasion of the 499th anniversary of Martin Luther's Ninety-five Theses (Disputatio pro declaratione virtutis indulgentiarum), three 100% unique and totally bad-ass prizes will be given for the best thesis-related costume, impersonation of a thesis, or thesis-related art. The only way to win is to enter!

Grammarama: Make Grammar Great Again

This year's QP Fest is on Monday, November 7 (3-5 pm, 370 Dwinelle):

  • Alice Shen, "Costs and cues in code-switched lexical access"
  • Andrew Cheng, "Heritage Korean and ethnic identity in California"
  • Emily Clem, "Decomposing ergativity: Evidence for the featural complexity of ergative case"
  • Erik Hans Maier, "Two-part universal quantification in a determinerless language: The case of Tswefap"
  • Geoff Bacon, "Inducing phonological knowledge from distributional data"
  • Meg Cychosz, "Sources of variation in an emerging Parisian French vernacular"
  • Virginia Dawson, "A new kind of epistemic indefinite"

All are welcome for the talks and reception afterwards. Après nous le déluge!

Talks and Events