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Rosenblum colloq

November 15, 2019

The 2019-2020 colloquium series continues this coming Monday, Nov 18, with a talk by Daisy Rosenblum (UBC). Same time as always, same place as always: 3:10-5 p.m., 370 Dwinelle Hall. The talk is entitled Nouns, Noun Phrases, and other Referential Resources in Kʷak̓ʷala, and the abstract is as follows:

This paper explores the status, constituency and distributive patterning of Kʷak̓ʷala Noun Phrases in a corpus of recently recorded spontaneous interaction, and examines them alongside other referential resources available to speakers. Kʷak̓ʷala – along with other Wakashan languages, and neighboring Salishan languages – has challenged some of our ideas about how categories such as ‘Noun’ and ‘Verb’ work in grammar. However, while lexical roots in Kʷak̓ʷala and other Wakashan languages may not easily sort themselves into self-evident ‘Noun’ and ‘Verb’ categories (cf. Bach 1968, Jacobsen 1979, Kinkade 1983; Demirdache & Matthewson 1995; inter alia), syntactic predicates and arguments are clear within conversational data, and Kʷak̓ʷala lexical argument phrases align well with our expectations of ‘NP’ as a category. In considering how lexical reference in Kʷak̓ʷala relates to other referring resources in the language, such as (so-called) ‘lexical suffixes,’ I also ask what we can understand from examining bilingual speakers’ translations of their Kʷak̓ʷala into English, and explore how Kʷak̓ʷala lexical reference compares with patterns of Preferred Argument Structure and other information management constraints found cross-linguistically (cf. Chafe 1984; DuBois 1987). Examining these and other questions for Kʷak̓ʷala allows a nuanced and emergent analysis of what is meant by the category ‘Noun Phrase’ in Kʷak̓ʷala, identifies functions NPs serve in Kʷak̓ʷala grammar in use, and informs our understanding of how to develop useful materials for teachers and learners engaged in Kʷak̓ʷala revitalization.

Linguistics events this week (Nov 15-23, 2019)

November 15, 2019

In and around the linguistics department in the next week or so:

  • Syntax and Semantics Circle - Friday Nov 15 - Dwinelle 1303 - 3-4:30pm
    Emily Clem (UC San Diego): Unifying inverse marking and the strictly descending PCC
  • Phorum - Monday Nov 18 - Dwinelle 3401 - 12-1pm
    Hannah Sande (Georgetown): TBA
  • Linguistics Department Colloquium - Monday Nov 18 - Dwinelle 370 - 3:10-5pm
    Daisy Rosenblum (UBC): Nouns, Noun Phrases, and other Referential Resources in Kʷak̓ʷala
  • CogNetwork - Monday Nov 18 - Dwinelle 1303 - 5p
    Inés Lozano Palacio (University of La Rioja): Deconstructing irony: A cognitive approach to an analytic enigma
  • Fieldwork Forum - Thursday Nov 21 - Dwinelle 1303 - 3:40-5pm
    Emily Drummond (UC Berkeley): TBA
  • Syntax and Semantics Circle - Friday Nov 22 - Dwinelle 1303 - 3-4:30pm
    Erika Petersen O Farrill (Stanford): TBA
  • Fourth Annual Berkeley Undergraduate Linguistics Symposium - Saturday November 23 -  Dwinelle 370 
    See the full program here and the SLUgS Facebook event here!

Bardagil travels

November 14, 2019

Postdoc Bernat Bardagil writes to share that he is now in Rio de Janeiro, taking part in the Viva Língua Viva language revitalization conference, organized by the Museu do Índio and UNESCO. Here is Bernat with two members of the Manoki community, Edivaldo Nãpuxi and Dario Kanuxi, in Rio:

Bernat Bardagil and colleagues in Rio

Hyman publishes in ACAL

November 11, 2019

Congrats to Larry Hyman, whose paper Number and animacy in the Teke noun class system, co-authored with Florian Lionnet (PhD '16) & Christophère Ngolele is just out in African linguistics across disciplines: Selected papers from the 48th Annual Conference on African Linguistics. Read it here!

Talmy travels

November 10, 2019

Alumnus Len Talmy (Ph.D. 1972) writes to share that he is just back from a visit to Beihang University in Beijing, where he gave two talks on his book The Targeting System of Language (MIT Press, 2018) and was presented with translation copies of his 2-volume set Toward a Cognitive Semantics (MIT Press, 2000), recently translated into Chinese by Fuyin (Thomas) Li and published by Peking University Press.

Linguistics events this week (Nov 8-15, 2019)

November 8, 2019

In and around the linguistics department in the next week:

  • Syntax and Semantics Circle - Friday Nov 8 - Dwinelle 1303 - 3-4:30pm
    Mark Norris (Independent scholar): On AGR
  • Meaning Sciences Club - Thursday Nov 14 - 234 Moses Hall - 12:30-2pm
    Virginia Dawson (UC Berkeley): Disjunction is not Boolean: novel evidence from Tiwa
  • Language Revitalization Working Group - Thursday Nov 14 - 3401 Dwinelle - 1-2p
    Discussion of two papers by Margaret Noodin
  • Center for Race and Gender Distinguished Lecture Series - Thursday Nov 14 - Multicultural Student Center, MLK Union - 4-5:30pm
    Margaret Noodin (University of Wisconsin Milwaukee): Ojichaagwag Waaseyaaziwag (Radiant Souls): Four Women Masters of Social Self-Expression
  • Syntax and Semantics Circle - Friday Nov 15 - Dwinelle 1303 - 3-4:30pm
    Emily Clem (UC San Diego): TBA

Baclawski paper accepted at NLLT

November 6, 2019

Congrats to Kenny Baclawski, whose paper Eastern Cham optional wh-movement is discourse connected-movement has been accepted at Natural Language and Linguistic Theory!

Kenny has also recently presented his joint work with undergraduate student Zihan Cindy Yang in Berlin at a workshop on Discourse Expectations: Theoretical, Experimental, and Computational Perspectives. The joint paper is entitled Experimental evidence for the status of the Right-Frontier Constraint.