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Date

Thu Oct 30, 2014

Time

12:30 PM - 01:45 PM


			

Location

MIT Room 32-D461

Category

Lectures

Title

Positive polarity and strength of scalar implicatures

Description

MIT Ling-Lunch:
The goal of this talk is to offer a new analysis of positive polarity elements in light of the differences between weak and strong disjunction ("or" versus "either or"). I will be addressing the following three properties of disjunctive elements in this talk: ◦ the ease of cancelability (strength) of their scalar inference ◦ the PPI status of a disjunctive element ◦ the ignorance inference that accompanies both weak and strong disjunction I will argue the following: ◦ the strength of the SI relates to the nature of the alternatives activated by the element at play, namely whether or not the scalar alternatives are obligatory (non-prunable). ◦ the PPI status is the result of an element's appeal to non-vacuous exhaustification, i.e. proper strengthening. ◦ the epistemic ignorance inference is the result of a last resort way of avoiding a contradiction, namely via the insertion of a covert modal. If time permits, we will also see how this account can be carried over to account for the PPI status of existential quantifiers.

Speaker(s)

Andreea Nicolae (ZAS Berlin)

Date

Thu Oct 30, 2014

Time

06:45 PM - 08:00 PM


			

Location

BUCLD: Second floor of the GSU at 775 Commonwealth Ave

Category

Lectures

Title

"Of mice and (of) men: Phonological influences on the omissibility of French ‘de’ in coordination"

Description

Abstract: In English "pieces of tomatoes and of carrots" and "pieces of tomatoes and carrots" are both possible, and are roughly synonymous. French shows similar variation for its preposition "de" (roughly 'of'): "morceaux de tomates et de carottes" or "morceaux de tomates et carottes", though French is much less likely to omit the second "de".

This talk uses a large written corpus of French to test whether phonological factors influence the omissibility of the second "de". These factors include the lengths of the words involved, what sound the second word begins with, and whether the words following "de" begin with vowels or consonants ("de" has an allomorph "d'" that is used before vowel-initial words).

These phonological factors do show an influence on rates of omitting the second "de", which means that either the phonological content of words is accessed before final syntactic decisions are made, or that deleting the second "de" is a phonological operation. We'll consider some consequences of each of these approaches.

This project also has a methodological goal: it uses some new and fairly user-friendly software tools that allow the whole process from downloading corpus files to producing final plots and statistics to be automated through a single computer script. This makes it easier to correct errors when they're caught and to manage a project, but maybe more important, it makes it possible for other researchers to pick apart the analysis, test for errors, and try their own variations on the analysis.

Speaker(s)

Prof. Kie Zuraw (UCLA Department of Linguistics)

Sponsored by

Department of Romance Studies, Boston University

James Geddes Jr. Lecture Fund

BU undergraduate Linguistics Association

Date

Fri Oct 31, 2014 -
Sun Nov 02, 2014


			

Category

Conferences

Title

NELS 45

Description

The 45th annual meeting of the North East Linguistic Society

Date

Mon Nov 03, 2014


			

Location

MIT

Category

Lectures

Title

TBA

Description

MIT Phonology Circle

Speaker(s)

Gretchen Kern (MIT)

Date

Thu Nov 06, 2014

Time

12:30 PM - 01:45 PM


			

Location

MIT Room 32-D461

Category

Lectures

Title

TBA

Description

MIT Ling-Lunch

Speaker(s)

Paul Crowley (MIT)

Date

Thu Nov 06, 2014

Time

05:00 PM - 06:30 PM


			

Location

Harvard Observatorio, 2 Arrow Street, Cambridge

Category

Lectures

Title

Conversations in Observatorio. Carmen Silva- Corvalan: Bilingual Language Acquisition

Description

Two major patterns of language acquisition have been identified in studies of early bilingualism: simultaneous bilingualism and sequential bilingualism, but no agreement exists with respect to the age at which bilingual development would be considered to be sequential. Carmen Silva-Corvalan focuses on bilingual first language acquisition – that is, on the acquisition of two languages from birth, Spanish and English in this case. The overall goal is to examine whether bilingualism affects the course of development in each language. The report “The Acquisition of Spanish by third generation children” will be launched as a part of Informes del Observatorio / Observatorio Reports series.
A conversation with professors Daniel Erker (Boston University) and María Luisa Parra (Harvard University)
In English

Speaker(s)

Daniel Erker (Boston University)

María Luisa Parra (Harvard University)

Date

Fri Nov 07, 2014 -
Sun Nov 09, 2014


			

Location

96 Cummington Street, Room 244

Category

Conferences

Title

BUCLD 39

Description

THE 39th ANNUAL BOSTON UNIVERSITY CONFERENCE ON LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT

Date

Fri Nov 07, 2014

Time

03:30 PM - 05:00 PM


			

Location

MIT Room 32-141

Category

Lectures

Title

TBA

Description

MIT Colloquium

Speaker(s)

Klaus Abels (UCL)

Date

Mon Nov 10, 2014


			

Location

MIT

Category

Lectures

Title

TBA

Description

MIT Phonology Circle

Speaker(s)

Angela Carpenter (Wellesley College)

Date

Mon Nov 10, 2014


			

Location

TBA

Category

Workshops

Title

TBA

Description

Language Universals Workshop Fall 2014

Speaker(s)

Larry Hyman (Berkeley)

Date

Thu Nov 13, 2014

Time

12:30 PM - 01:45 PM


			

Location

MIT Room 32-D461

Category

Lectures

Title

TBA

Description

MIT Ling-Lunch

Speaker(s)

Isabelle Charnavel (Harvard)

Date

Fri Nov 14, 2014


			

Location

TBA

Category

Lectures

Title

TBA

Description

Harvard Circles Colloquium 2014-2015
(Details are subject to change)

Speaker(s)

Draga Zec (Cornell)

Date

Wed Nov 19, 2014

Time

07:00 PM - 08:30 PM


			

Location

KCB 101

Category

Lectures

Title

"Focusing on Reflexives"

Description

The second presentation in the new BULA-sponsored series, "Linguistics Faculty Spotlight."

Further details will be posted here soon.

Refreshments will be served.

Speaker(s)

Prof. Byron Ahn (Boston University)

Sponsored by

BULA

and the Department of Romance Studies/Linguistics Program

Date

Thu Nov 20, 2014

Time

12:30 PM - 01:45 PM


			

Location

MIT Room 32-D461

Category

Lectures

Title

TBA

Description

MIT Ling-Lunch

Speaker(s)

Loes Koring (Utrecht University)

Date

Fri Nov 21, 2014

Time

03:30 PM - 05:00 PM


			

Location

MIT Room 32-141

Category

Lectures

Title

TBA

Description

MIT Colloquium

Speaker(s)

Karlos Arregi (University of Chicago)

Date

Mon Dec 01, 2014


			

Location

MIT

Category

Lectures

Title

TBA

Description

MIT Phonology Circle

Speaker(s)

Donca Steriade (MIT)

Date

Thu Dec 04, 2014

Time

12:30 PM - 01:45 PM


			

Location

MIT Room 32-D461

Category

Lectures

Title

TBA

Description

MIT Ling-Lunch

Speaker(s)

Heidi Klockmann (Utrecht/MIT)

Date

Fri Dec 05, 2014

Time

03:30 PM - 05:00 PM


			

Location

MIT Room 32-141

Category

Lectures

Title

TBA

Description

MIT Colloquium

Speaker(s)

Nina Topintzi (University of Leipzig)

Date

Mon Dec 08, 2014


			

Location

MIT

Category

Lectures

Title

TBA

Description

MIT Phonology Circle

Speaker(s)

Adam Albright (MIT)

Date

Thu Dec 11, 2014

Time

12:30 PM - 01:45 PM


			

Location

MIT Room 32-D461

Category

Lectures

Title

TBA

Description

MIT Ling-Lunch

Speaker(s)

Coppe van Urk (MIT)

Date

Fri Dec 12, 2014

Time

03:30 PM - 05:00 PM


			

Location

MIT Room 32-141

Category

Lectures

Title

TBA

Description

MIT Colloquium

Speaker(s)

Tim Stowell (UCLA)

Date

Mon Dec 15, 2014


			

Location

MIT

Category

Lectures

Title

TBA

Description

MIT Phonology Circle

Speaker(s)

Sam Zukoff (MIT)

Date

Thu Dec 18, 2014

Time

12:30 PM - 01:45 PM


			

Location

MIT Room 32-D461

Category

Lectures

Title

TBA

Description

MIT Ling-Lunch

Speaker(s)

Aline Villavicencio (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul)

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* UMass (Amherst).